About the Match
Both the Chittagong Vikings and the Khulna Titans have played two matches and won one in the tournament so far. This edition of the BPL is promising to be highly competitive and teams would want to treat every match with the utmost importance. With quality players on both sides, this match should be tightly contested.
Luke Ronchi showed in the last match why he is regarded in such high esteem around the world as he led the Vikings to their first victory. Him hitting form early on in the tournament is excellent news for the Chittagong Vikings since he is one player that can carry the form throughout.
With 118 runs from two matches and a strike rate of 201.71 to his name, he will be the most important batsman in this side. He has also hit 10 sixes in the tournament so far, which is 8 more than the next on his teams six hitting list.
Supporting Ronchi will be Soumya Sarkar and Misbah Ul Haq, two players that are very dangerous in t20 cricket as well as the big-hitting Luis Reece and the very much in-form Sikandar Raza.
The Vikings also found an excellent rhythm to their bowling attack as Taskin Ahmed roared back into form. Both Taskin and Subashis Roy have taken three wickets each, the most for their team and will be the ones looking to lead the attack once again in this match.
The Vikings are looking like a well-balanced team with some important players hitting their stride at the right time.
The Titans are sitting at the bottom of the table in this early stage of the tournament but that could all change with a couple of victories to their name. Their biggest problem in the matches so far has been to get their batting to fire.
Not a single batsman in their team has hot more than 50 runs so far and no batsman has cleared the field more than twice.
Thankfully, though, their last-minute recruit, Michael Klinger started the tournament with 47 not out and promises to be a key component going forward. He, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah, Walton, and Craig Braithwaite should make for a formidable batting lineup provided they get themselves in form.
The leading wicket-takers for the team are Joffra Archer and Shaiful Islam with three wickets each to their name. Archer has been hitting speeds close to 150km/h with ease and that will pose problems to everyone in the opposition.
Archer bowling to Ronchi could either lead to an early wicket or a lot of runs and that is where we feel this match could take a decisive turn.
Mahmudullah himself also has taken two wickets and seems to possess a golden arm capable of picking wickets at most times.
Pitch and Conditions
Mirpur has turned out be a slow pitch where run scoring is difficult. It could favor batsman like Misbah, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar who are more suited to these conditions. The new ball, though, should allow for plenty of scoring opportunities which is when the highest boundaries can be hit.
The Khulna Titans seem to be a better T20 team on paper and we are backing their batsmen to hit form in this match.
Back the Khulna Titans to win