About the Match
Holding the second-to-last position with just 2 points from 4 matches, the Vikings have performed terribly till now and will have to make amend when they host the Bulls for the next match at Chittagong on 30th November. The Bulls who have 4 points after 3 matches, will come out to conquer the home side after suffering defeat against Victorians in the last match; Vikings too lost the previous match against the Dynamites on Thursday, and this will be the perfect opportunity to bounce back with a win here. The team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders and come right on top of crunch situations, will definitely emerge victorious on Monday.
They started the series on a positive with two consecutive wins but suffered defeat against the Victorians last week, which definitely would have given them some lessons to learn from. The batting line-up put up a dismal performance getting all-out for just 89 runs; they were clueless against spin and couldn’t take the momentum from the fast bowlers to convert to big shots. The bowlers were under immense pressure; apart from Al-Amin Hossain and Cooper, who took a wicket each and the economical bowling from Taijul Islam, the others failed to restrict the opponent from winning.
Rony Talukdar has been effective in the top order while Sabbir Rahman and Nadif Chowdhury have succeeded in keeping the scoreboard ticking; however, the batsmen must put up a better show if they want to continue winning matches.
In the game against Super Stars, the batting line-up could muster only 108 runs; it was the bowlers, who kept the pressure and helped them win the match by just 1 run. Al-Amin Hossain was stupendous with his 5-wicket haul while Taijul Islam provided regular breakthroughs by claiming 3-23. Mohammad Sami, Cooper and Prasanna bring variety to the attack; overall, the bowlers are a strong unit for the Bulls but it’s time for the batsmen to come out all guns blazing here.
The Vikings suffered a loss against the Dynamites as they succumbed in the 19th over to amass only 92 runs batting first; Naeem Islam’s wonderful spell of 3-7 in his 3 overs wasn’t enough to restrict the hard-hitting opponents from winning handsomely by 6 wickets.
Against the Victorians, the batting line-up put up an impressive performance, scoring 176 runs with Dilshan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque and Ziaur Rahman contributing well with 30+ runs each. However, the bowling was disappointing with players like Saeed Ajmal, giving away almost 12 runs per over; Mohammad Amir took 2 wickets while Shafiul Islam removed an important wicket but it wasn’t enough to restrict the opposition from scoring the winning runs.
They definitely have a strong batting line-up but they must stay focused on achieving a big total if batting first or chasing with confidence; the bowlers must up their ante and players like Ajmal, Enamul Haque, Mohammad Amir and others should try to pressurize the opposition right from the start.
While the Bulls are better placed in the points table and have shown tremendous determination to win matches, the Vikings have the home advantage here and the hunger to start climbing up the ranks. Although both sides have good batsmen, we feel that this will be a contest for the bowlers to excel; if the visitors pull up their socks, this match can definitely earn them a much-needed win here and we think that they will emerge victorious