About the Match
Runners-up two seasons back, Barisal Bulls will attempt to conquer the turf here as they begin their campaign against hosts Dhaka Dynamites on 8th November at Dhaka for the 2nd match of the series. The Dynamites have several experienced players who can guide the team to a winning start; on the other hand, the Bulls also have special ammunition that can come out with all the firepower to help the team make a strong statement here. The contest will surely be closely fought between the Dynamites batsmen and the bowling power of the Bulls; it needs to be seen which side can overcome the challenge and rise up to the occasion on Tuesday evening.
Mushfiqur Rahim will captain the side consisting of experienced batsmen like Thisara Perera, Shamsur Rahman, Dawid Malan, Dilshan Munaweera, all-rounders like Carlos Brathwaite, who has proven to be a match-winner in the T20 format, and others like Shahriah Nafees and Nadif Chowdhury. Mushfiqur has a good record in the BPL and can lead the team from the front with his batting skills; the batting unit enjoys depth and they definitely can help stabilize the foundation.
The bowling attack has top performers like spinner Taijul Islam and the much awed fast-bowler Abu Hider, who can be instrumental in tilting the scales to the Bulls’ favour. The Pakistani spinner Mohammad Nawaz has emerged as a result-oriented spinner and can create magic here; Brathwaite can unleash his pace skills and try to outwit the Dynamites batsmen along with others like Al-Amin Hossain, Rayad Emrit, Rumman Raees and Thisara Perera.
Overall, they have a good combination of pace and spin, which Mushfiqur will try to make it to good use against the opponents here.
With stalwarts like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib Al Hasan, the Dynamites’ batting line-up can surely pack a punch to help their team dominate with the bat. All-rounders like Andre Russell, Ravi Bopara, Evin Lewis and Dwayne Bravo can get the big runs under crunch situation while Shakib’s T20 experience adds an edge to the squad.
Bowling department consists of fast-bowlers like Wayne Parnell, Andre Russell, Mohammad Shahid and Alauddin Babu while Seekkuge Prasanna, Nasir Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Maruf and Shakib can try to outwit the opponents with their spin tactics. They have plenty of all-rounders from overseas as well as the local talent, who can help Dynamites go for their maiden title this season.
The team has a well-balanced mix of experience and youth that can try to use the home advantage and emerge victorious here; while they are a star-studded contingent, other domestic players also will need to burden the responsibilities of strengthening the squad with bat and ball.
Both teams have good mix of match-winning batsmen and result-oriented bowlers, who will try to put up a fierce contest in the opening game; while the match could go down to the wire, we feel that Dynamites with most of the having been playing at the this very venue from their young age will feel at home and are better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday.