About the Match
The Riders pulled off a sensational win against Chittagong Vikings in their opening game by 9 wickets and will now take on Titans, who also defeated their opponents Kings by a narrow 3 runs, on 10th November at Dhaka for the 5th match of the series. With the big win, Riders have climbed to the top of the points table with 2 points while the Titans are in the third place after successfully defending 133 runs. Both sides will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Thursday but the team that can perform under pressure will be better placed to emerge on top.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad delivered perfectly by scoring a scintillating unbeaten 80 from 52, helping his team cruise to a win by chasing down 125 runs against Vikings. Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun played useful knocks while the bowlers Sohag Gazi and Richard Gleeson took 2 wickets each in the first innings to cause heavy blows to the Vikings. Others like Afridi, Rubel Hossain, and Arafat Sunny exploited the conditions to dominate the opponents and restrict them to 124 runs all-out.
The team has plenty of all-rounders like Afridi, Soumya Sarkar, and hard-hitters like Shahzad, who brings in a lot of stability to the top-order. The bowling mix has a good variety in pace and spin, and they can prove to be a tough challenge to the Titans too here.
Overall, the victory has put the Riders in the spotlight and they will be determined to win; with a combination of experience and overseas blitz, Riders are definitely the team to look out for.
Mahmudullah’s brilliant 3-wicket haul against the Kings in the final over helped the team register a thrilling victory by a meager 3 runs; the all-rounder spinner gave away only 3 runs per over and snatched victory from the opposition’s hands. He had earlier scored 32 runs and along with Riki Wessels, who also contributed with 32, kept the scoreboard ticking to take it to 133.
Junaid Khan was the another bowler to deliver quick breakthroughs as he toppled the top and middle order of Kings with his 4-23; Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Asghar took 3 wickets between them to get the opposition all-out. They have an in-form bowling attack that can outwit the Riders power-packed batting line-up here.
Batsmen like Nicholas Pooran, Abdul Mazid, Shuvagata Hom, Wessels, and Mahmudullah can focus on building the foundation whether batting first or during the chase; they will need to support the bowlers and give them enough room to fight the battle. Local talent like Alok Kapali, Ariful Haque, and others will be eager to use this opportunity to showcase their skills while overseas experts can pack a punch with bat and ball to help the team remain at the top half of the table.
Riders have registered an emphatic win recently and will fight tooth and nail to deny the Titans any room for success here; however, the Titans who pulled off a magical win against Kings have received a major morale boost that can keep them going for more wins. The contest could swing in either team’s favor but we feel that the Titans with their bowling strength will win this match