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BPL – MATCH 26 – CHITTAGONG VIKINGS VS SYLHET SIXERS – FANTASY PREVIEW

Two teams who struggles a lot with a series of losses, Sylhet Sixers and Chittagong Vikings goes for face-off in the second match of the day on Fantastic Friday. Sylhet Sixers lost 4 matches in their last 5 matches and the other game was ended in no-result. Chittagong Vikings also facing the same issue when they lost 3 out of last 4 games and one match was abandoned due to rain. Match 26 between Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers scheduled to begin at 7 PM Local | 6:30 PM IST on Friday, 24th November 2017.

 

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

Chittagong Vikings are ready to begin second-half of their season after taking one-week of rest. Pakistan legend Misbah-ul-Haq was the captain of Vikings, but wicket-keeper and hard-hitting batsman Luke Ronchi took over the captaincy in the last game against Titans. If Misbah is not available again, Ronchi will continue as the captain. After played half part of the league matches, Vikings has won only a game out of 6 matches and sits at bottom of the table. Vikings batsmen done some better job with 160 for 5 against Titans in their last game. Anamul Haque finally promoted to no. 3 in the order and he utilized the opportunity by scoring his first half-century of the season. Soumya Sarkar started well but he ended with 32 off 34 balls knock. He needs to concentrate on scoring at good strike-rate in this crucial game on Friday. The explosive Luke Ronchi misfired in the last game and dismissed for just 3 runs. He was in amazing form in rest of the match which means he could come with jaw dropping knock vs Sixers. Finally Vikings took a brave decision of playing with young group of overseas players such as Stiaan van Zyl and Najibullah Zadran. Both Zadran and van Zyl played a decent innings and scored 24 and 23 runs respectively. Both of them deserved another game, hopefully they will keep the place in the XI.

The in-form Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza struggled to score runs in last few innings. He dismissed for a duck against Titans in the last game. But with a bowl he impresses with a wickets and economical spells. English bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan went expensive in both of the matches he played. 50/50 chances for him to retain the place in the XI. Some chances are there for Munaweera and Luis Reece to be back in the XI for this game. Munaweera was dropped for the last game when he was doing well with a ball. He batted at below 100 strike-rate throughout the tournament, but his part-time spin helps in big way. Chances are high for the pace bowler Subashis Roy to be back in the XI and he might replaces Tanbir Hayder. Al-Amin who got a game against Titans did a good job with 1 for 14 in two overs, that efforts may keep him in the XI. Major bowler Taskin Ahmed had one or two good matches but he wasn’t at good form in the season. He conceded 38 runs in just 3 overs against Titans, but as he is the star Bangladeshi bowler in the squad he will get a game on Friday. Spinner Sunzamul Islam did a good job in last few games and he emerged as a key player for Vikings at this moment. As the Chittagong leg begins in BPL, we could expect some good performances from Vikings in front of home support.

 

SYLHET SIXERS :

Three consecutive wins in first three matches and then faced 4 consecutive losses are the current scenario of Sylhet Sixers side. Nasir Hossain led-side continuously having a tough time with both bat and bowl. Even the arrival of Pakistan batting sensation Babar Azam couldn’t change the fortune of Sixers in the last game. After the last game on Monday, Sixers desperately need the experience of Upul Tharanga in their top-order. Therefore, Andre Fletcher’s chances are less for this game. Upul Thranga who scored hat-trick of half-centuries in first three matches is expected to be back in the XI with a good knock. Danushka Gunathilaka didn’t fire up in the last game where he managed to scored only 8 runs off 4 balls. He may come back with a bang in this game against weak Vikings bowling attack. Babar Azam had a poor start to his BPL season with only 2 runs. But as we all know he is one of the best young batsman in the world now and he could come with match-winning performances in this game.

It was a complete showdown by captain Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman on other day against Riders. Nasir scored 50 off 43 balls while Sabbir found his form back with 70 off 49 balls. Nasir Hossain also shined with the bowl early in the game and claimned 1 for 27 in 4 overs. But those efforts were not enough for Sixers and lost the game by 7 runs margin. England bowling duo Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett are playing for Sixers. Among them Bresnan had a good game with 1 for 23 in 4 overs and also scored 12 runs with a bat. But, Liam Plunkett who known as the wicket taking machine in this kind of format struggled a lot in his 1 for 49 in 4 overs spell. Abul Hasan continue to play a good hand for Sixers and picked 2 for 24 in 4 overs against Riders while Taijul Islam and Shuvagata Hom plays a supportive roles. At least two or changes are expected in Sixers XI on Friday. No wonder if they include Pakistan pacer Usman Khan in the XI against Vikings.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

  • Anamul Haque
  • Luke Ronchi
  • Sikandar Raza
  • Stiaan van Zyl
  • Sunzamul Islam
  • Subashis Roy

SYLHET SIXERS :

  • Upul Tharanga
  • Danushka Gunathilaka
  • Babar Azam
  • Nasir Hossain
  • Sabbir Rahman
  • Tim Bresnan
  • Abul Hasan

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

1. Luke Ronchi, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Anamul Haque, 4. Najibullah Zadran / Dilshan Munaweera, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Stiaan van Zyl, 7. Chris Jordan / Luis Reece, 8. Tanbir Hayder / Subashis Roy, 9. Sunzamul Islam, 10. Taskin Ahmed, 11. Al-Amin.

SYLHET SIXERS :

1. Upul Thranga / Andre Fletcher, 2. Danushka Gunathilaka, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Sabbir Rahman, 5. Nasir Hossain, 6. Nurul Hasan, 7. Tim Bresnan, 8. Liam Plunkett / Usman Khan / Krishmar Santokie, 9. Taijul Islam, 10. Shuvagata Hom, 11. Abul Hasan.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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