About the Match
Raj Kings registered a smashing victory against Vikings by 6 wickets in their last league game to make it to the playoffs of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League T20 series; the two teams will now fight each other in the Eliminator match at Dhaka on 6th December. Raj Kings finished 4th on the table with 12 points while Vikings wrapped up the league coming 3rd with 12 points; both sides have done well to surpass other teams and will leave no stone unturned to qualify for the title clash.
Hard-hitters like Tamim Iqbal, Chris Gayle and Anamul Haque, who have been in good form with the bat, couldn’t fire in the game against Raj Kings in the last outing; Shoaib Malik fought a lone battle, scoring an unbeaten 67 off 54 to help them post 111 runs batting first. However, the bowlers had an uphill climb to outwit the opposition defending the low total, and despite an impressive 2-9 by Saqlain Sajib, they lost the match by 6 wickets.
In the previous game against Dynamites too, barring Tamim Iqbal, who posted a superb 74 off 59, and Malik who scored 33 runs, the others collapsed like a pack of cards batting first. The bowlers had a tough time defending 134 runs against the hard-hitting opposition and lost the match by 6 wickets. Spinners Saqlain Sajib, Mohammad Nabi and Shoaib Malik have been consistently taking wickets and they provide good depth to the attack; speedsters Taskin Ahmed, Imran Khan and Subashis Roy can try to stifle the Kings in the upcoming game.
They have won previously against Raj Kings by posting a stiff target of 190, and the bowlers led by Taskin Ahmed’s 5-31 successfully defended it to win the match by 19 runs; they have the resources to repeat the match-winning performance again in this crucial game.
Young spinner Afif Hossain created T20 history in his debut game against Vikings, as he took 5-21 in his 4-over spell to demolish the opponents and stifle them at 111. He is definitely a deadly arsenal for the team, and the Kings will try to strategize well against Vikings again with other in-form bowlers like Kesrick Williams, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Hasan, Nazmul Islam and Samit Patel. In the last game against Vikings, the batsmen had an easy chase of 112 runs, which was struck down firmly thanks to Franklin’s unbeaten 63 off just 27 deliveries.
In the game against Bulls previously, the bowlers proved to be expensive and they ended up facing 162 runs as the target; with players like Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque and Nurul Hasan falling quickly, Samit Patel’s well-made 62 wasn’t enough to take them across the finish line.
They have lost against Vikings at the beginning of the series, wherein they failed to chase down the target of 191 runs despite Sabbir Rahman’s 46 off 30; players like Umar Akmal, Patel, Sammy and Franklin stabilize the middle order, and they can try to post a stiff challenge here as well.
They have each won a game against each other in the league but Raj Kings’ recent form that took them to the emphatic victory against Vikings gives them the edge to win on Tuesday.