About the Match
Things are panning out beautifully as we move towards the end of the Bangladesh Premier League. Khulna Titans are standing tall at the top of the table with six wins from eight games. They take on Rajshahi Kings, who have six points from seven games and are placed on fifth spot. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm local time and is to be played at Sher e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka. A win will take the kings to fourth sport whereas a Win for Khulna will almost seal their playoff spot. It is an important game for both the sides and it is expected to be a cracker of a game considering the stake.
Khulna Titans have been in tremendous form right from the beginning of the tournament. They have been brilliant at defending low totals and more often than not, 150 has been a winning total for them.
In their most recent game against Barisal Bulls, they restricted the opponents to a relatively low score of 119. Their bowlers never allowed the likes of Shahriar Nafees and Mushfiqur Rahim to get going. They have a strong bowling lineup with Junaid Khan, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah, Kevon Cooper and Mosharraf Hossain bowling for most part of twenty overs.
Mahmudullah played a fine knock with good support from Shuvagata Hom. They haven't really had to chase a big target, thanks to their superb bowling. However, their batting has performed well whenever they have had a chance to play. The opponents would have to bat really well against their strong bowling lineup to challenge them.
The Kings have played well in the tournament, but some close games have affected their standings on the points table. They started off slowly in the tournament, but are now beginning to pick up.
In their last game, Rajshahi Kings scored 162 and restricted the Riders just 12 runs short of their target. Although their win wasn't as convincing, it was a win nonetheless. Skipper Darren Sammy played a match winning knock of 44 runs off just 18 balls after Junaid Siddique, Sabbir Rahman and Umar Akmal laid a solid foundation.
All in all, they have a solid team with lots of talented batsmen. They have lacked consistency in the tournament, but have showed glimpses of brilliance in their last couple of games. They have bowlers like Mehedi Hasan and Mohammad Sami who can restrict the run flow when required.
Khulna Titans have played brilliantly so far in the tournament whereas Rajshahi are beginning to peak in the tournament. The teams with better bowling have usually emerged on top in the tournament and this fact along with Khulna's form make them favorite for this game