With this match already heavily in favor of the Dynamites who are hosting the sixth-placed Vikings, expect to see some lopsided-battles frequently as a blowout looms as a big possibility in this one. It’s always heartwarming to see the underdogs punch above their weight and miraculously come out on top, unfortunately Chittagong aren’t giving off that vibe at the moment.
After losing their first game of the tournament, Shakib Al Hasan and his Dhaka Dynamites haven’t looked back since with three-consecutive wins that launched them to the top of the BPL points table. In the opening three games of the tournament, Sylhet looked the team to beat with a dream-like start to their campaign with an undefeated start on their home ground, only to be trumped by Dhaka who funnily enough got their campaign back on track at their home ground (Shere Bangla National Stadium) which saw them surpass the Sixers who have lost back-to-back games. With the focus shifting back to the Dynamites, they’ve had numerous contributors with both bat & ball and just recently welcomed Shahid Afridi to the team who’s had an instant impact in the BPL. His first game being one of the more memorable performances of this years BPL so far, the man known as “BOOM BOOM” certainly lived up to his name. Afridi destroyed Sylhet with the ball, he barely conceded any runs due to the amount of wickets he was racking up which saw him end the innings with a brilliant spell of 4/12 from four overs, followed by one of the more-entertaining 17-ball knocks of all time with the Pakistani veteran dispatching five sixes in that short period, BOOM BOOM! It wasn’t just Afridi who was on fire in that match, the mystery spinner Sunil Narine produced an exceptional 3/10 along with Abu Hider who dismissed both openers early. With the bat, Evin Lewis and Shakib were looking in ominous touch before they chased down the Sixers target in just 7.5 overs. Even in the Dynamites most recent match against the Titans, the entire top four batsman flopped badly which gave the middle order an opportunity to step up and win the game, and they did just that. 30-year-old Bangladeshi wicketkeeper Jahurul Islam produced an impressive & unbeaten 45 which complemented big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard’s quick-fire 55 which featured six massive blows over the rope. This Dhaka team is stocked up with plenty of ammunition that could potentially get them all the way to the final, they have some solid contributors in the team at the moment and should taste even more success as the tournament progresses.
Chittagong just need to find some continuity in their line-up as well as their on-field performances, they rely far too heavily on Luke Ronchi to score the bulk of their runs at the top of the order and don’t appear to have a plan B which is suicidal in any format of the game, let alone T20 cricket. In all honesty, the Vikings are one of the worst batting teams in the competition which probably explains why they’re sitting one-spot off the bottom of the points table, they just aren’t a threat to opposition teams. It appears that the task is pretty straight-forward for the rest of the competition, dismiss Luke Ronchi early and you’ll win the game with relative ease. Well at the moment, Ronchi appears to be putting his best foot forward and the Vikings are still collapsing and falling face first into the ground. The likes of Soumya Sarkar and Dilshan Munaweera have been average with the bat in the tournament, while dropping specialist batsman Anamal Haque down the order was a bizarre & ineffective decision which probably cost them some much-needed quick scoring at the end of the day. That’s their problem right there, they’re picking batsman who constantly under-perform and pushing the likes of Sikandar Raza and Anamal Haque down the order to try and give them some firepower at the back end of the innings, while understandable in the circumstances they need to get runs on the board earlier which means giving those aggressive hitters time to get their eye in. Munaweera’s spot appears to be safe in the side after he picked up a handy 2/17 with the ball, but his batting form is far from convenient at the moment and might be the one to drop down the order for Anamal to make the move back up to No. 3. English all-rounder Chris Jordan was brought in for his first game of the BPL and did a fairly reasonable job at the back end of Chittagong’s innings with the willow, but his bowling was fairly-forgettable as he conceded 21 runs from his two overs. The Vikings only have two bowlers who look like constantly making an impact with the ball, Sunzamul Islam and Taskin Ahmed who have taken eleven wickets between them. Misbah-ul-Haq needs to find some inspiration from somewhere & quickly, whether it’s through his own performance with the bat or pumping up his men, the Vikings are in desperate need of a confidence booster.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Dhaka Dynamites | BPL | 16th match | Dhaka
- Sunil Narine
- Evin Lewis
- Abu Hider
- Shahid Afridi
- Jahurul Islam
Wildcard pick – Kieron Pollard
Top 5 fantasy picks | Chittagong Vikings | BPL | 16th match | Dhaka
- Luke Ronchi
- Sunzamul Islam
- Dilshan Munaweera
- Taskin Ahmed
Wildcard pick – Chris Jordan
Dhaka Dynamites (possible) – 1. Evin Lewis 2. Sunil Narine 3. Cameron Delport/Kumar Sangakkara 4. Shakib Al Hasan (c) 5. Nadif Chowdhury 6. Jahurul Islam (wk) 7. Kieron Pollard 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Mosaddek Hossain 10. Abu Hider 11. Khaled Ahmed/Mohammad Shahid.
Chittagong Vikings (possible) – 1. Luke Ronchi (wk) 2. Soumya Sarkar 3. Anamul Haque 4. Dilshan Munaweera 5. Misbah-ul-Haq (c) 6. Sikandar Raza 7. Chris Jordan 8. Tanbir Hayder 9. Sunzamul Islam 10. Subashis Roy/Suhrawadi Shuvo 11. Taskin Ahmed.
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