About the Match
Khulna Titans emerged victorious against Dynamites in a big way to qualify for the playoffs, and finished second on the table with 14 points; they will take on the same opponents and table-toppers Dynamites, in the 1st Qualifier match at Dhaka on 6th December. The Dynamites had already qualified to the next stage after defeating Vikings in their last outing by 6 wickets and they will definitely seek revenge here to become the first finalists of the season. The Titans have done well throughout the league, and they are geared up to give a brutal fight on Tuesday in order to make it to the finals.
Sangakkara is in full form with the bat and he did well to score 59 off 41 in the last game against Titans, helping take the total to a defendable 158 batting first. However, the bowlers gave away too many easy runs with players like Shakib Al Hasan, Seekkuge Prasanna and Alauddin Babu going for more than 10 runs per over. Ravi Bopara contributed well with 2-17 in 3 overs while spinner Tanveer Haider claimed one scalp to stifle the opponents but they couldn’t bring up something clever to stop Mahmudullah from scoring the big runs.
In the game against Vikings, the Caribbean speedsters Bravo, Russell and Beaton demolished the opposition by taking regular wickets; Bravo finished with figures of 3-27 while Beaton and Russell took 3 wickets between them to restrict the Vikings to 134. Sangakkara posted a run-a-ball 35 while Russell and Alauddin Babu posted a 52-run stand for the 5th wicket to steer the team to a big win.
They have strong all-rounders like Bravo, Russell, Alauddin, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain, who can help build a good foundation with the bat and also provide quick breakthroughs here. The recent loss against Titans by 6 wickets could dampen their spirits but they have plenty of match-winners who can rise to the occasion and help them win the qualifier.
Mahmudullah’s brilliant 50 off just 28 balls helped them win against Dynamites and make it to the playoffs; opener Hasanuzzaman posted a quick fire 40 off just 19 deliveries and contributed well to chase 159 with ease. Abdul Mazid and Howell ensured to keep the scoreboard ticking; overall, the batting line-up surely looks to be in good form for the next stage. Speedster Junaid Khan took 3-22 against Dynamites and he can try to outwit the opponents again on Tuesday.
When they met Dynamites previously, Mahmudullah had scored 62 runs to help post a target of 158, which the bowlers led by Mosharraf Hossain and Cooper defended successfully to win the match.
Shafiul Islam adds depth to the pace attack and along with Benny Howell, can stifle the Dynamites’ hard-hitting line-up. Mahmudullah, Shuvagata Hom and Mosharraf Hossain have been among the wicket-takers this season and they bring their spin skills to the table.
Both teams have strong all-rounders and in-form specialists who give their side the edge to win here; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Dhaka Dynamites with their boosted confidence are better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday