About the Match
Defending champions Victorians continue to be at the bottom of the table with just 2 points and they will now take on 6th place holders Barisal Bulls, who have 6 points, on 29th November at Dhaka. The Bulls recently lost the match against Dynamites by 4 wickets, and they will be eager to make a comeback by registering a much-needed win here. The Victorians won their first game against Raj Kings a week back but since then they have lost two straight matches and will need to pull up their socks here if they want to keep their campaign alive.
Chasing 171 runs against Dynamites, the batting line-up crumbled under pressure and they could muster only 138 runs in the end, with Khalid Latif and Ahmed Shehzad contributing well with 38 and 22 runs respectively. Earlier, spinner Rashid Khan took 2-26 while Nabil Samad and speedster Sohail Tanvir also dismissed one opponent each; but the others gave away too many runs leading to a massive chase, which they couldn’t achieve.
In the previous game against Vikings, the batsmen put up a tremendous show, posting 183 runs batting first; Khalid Latif top-scored with 76 off 53 deliveries while Imrul Kayes and Ahmed Shehzad played useful knocks to help stabilize the innings. However, once again the bowlers put up a dismal show, with fast-bowlers like Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza and Sohail Tanvir proving to be costly and losing the match by 6 wickets. Spinners Habibur Rahman and all-rounder Nazmul Hossain Shanto couldn’t stifle the opponents but Ryan ten Doeschate took 2-15 to try and restrict the Vikings chase.
They have good resources like in-form batsmen Khalid Latif, Imrul Kayes and Ahmed Shehzad, who can build a solid foundation whether batting first or during chase; they have a well-balanced bowling unit with pace and spin specialists, who can attack with precision and outwit the Bulls here.
Against Dynamites, the batsmen put up a lacklustre performance, being able to muster only 132 runs batting first; Mushfiqur Rahim tried to lead from the front but he was able to get only 36 runs. Nadif Chowdhury and Rumman Raees tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but in vain. Although spinners like Taijul Islam and Enamul Haque fought hard to stifle the opposition, they couldn’t succeed in defending the low total in the end. Spinners Munaweera and Mendis and fast-bowlers Kamrul Rabbi and Thisara Perera add depth to the attack and can strategize well against the Victorians.
Against Titans too, they set up a low total batting first; players like Dawid Malan, Mendis, Nafees and Rahim were dismissed cheaply and they could post only 119 runs. Fast-bowler Raees took a superb 2-13 in 4 overs and spinner Taijul Islam supported well but they lost the match by 6 wickets.
When they had met Victorians before, the bowlers had successfully restricted the opponents to 129 runs, which they had chased down easily.
Both teams are on a slippery slope at the moment and will fight hard to course correct before it’s too late; although Victorians have good players with bat and ball, we feel that the Bulls who have the psychological advantage of winning before, are better placed to emerge victorious.