About the Match
Three wins from three matches seems a far-off memory for the Sylhet Sixers who have failed to add to their tally of wins in the last seven matches. They are second from last on the league table and will face up against the Chittagong Vikings, currently, last on the league table. Qualification for the knockouts is not a realistic ambition for any of these teams with only two games remaining for both but they have plenty of pride to play for.
Useful runs from Babar Azam, Sabbir Rahman, and a cameo by Andre Fletcher led the Sylhet Sixers to a competitive total in their last match but it was not something that they were able to defend against the Rangpur Riders.
The Sylhet Sixers bowling has just not been able to provide the kind of consistent support needed to their batting and the team’s season has just spiraled out of control. Sohail Tanvir was brought in for his first match of the tournament but his return of 44 for one wicket from four overs did not do the Sixers any good.
Tim Bresnan has five wickets to his name after five matches but his economy rate of 8.70 across all these matches is extremely poor. Abul Hasan continues to be the lone bright spot for the Sixers bowling in this team with 10 wickets to his name and a decent economy rate.
The captaincy of Nassir Hossain leaves a lot to be desired for the Sixers as they continue to chop and change their team for seemingly no reason. Ross Whiteley has been persisted with time and again even though he not contributed with the bat in any meaningful manner.
Andre Fletcher started the tournament well but his return has decreased in the last few matches. The burly West Indian opener may be the team’s highest scorer with 260 runs to his name but all his match-winning contributions were made at the start of the tournament.
The Chittagong Vikings would have taken the chance to chase down 157 on a flat pitch on most days but in their last match, they crumbled for 124 against a bowling attack that I not the strongest. Considering the fact that the Vikings were much more comfortable about their batting strength than they were about their bowling would have made the defeat sting even worse.
It really is staggering to think that a team comprising of Luke Ronchi, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Stiaan van Zyl and Sikandar Raza has not managed to register more than two wins in the entire tournament so far.
We laid the blame on their weak bowling attack which depends a lot on the performance of Taskin Ahmed and Sunzamul Islam. The pair has taken 22 wickets between them this season but Taskin’s economy rate of 9.61 takes the sheen off that performance.
With very little support being offered from the other bowlers, the Vikings have struggled to find a bowling attack that can restrict runs or apply some pressure on the opposition.
A look at the stats also shows that 5 batsmen from the Chittagong Vikings have made more than 150 runs, three of them more than 200 and that most of their batsmen are striking the ball at above 130.00.
If the Chittagong Vikings can get their batting and bowling to come good on the same day then they should be able to get past a weak Sylhet Sixers team.
Pitch and Conditions
The tournament now moves back to Mirpur where run scoring was difficult in the initial matches. The ball did not come on to the bat and the spinners were very important. The weather seems to have improved and the current forecast is for a clear day no chance of rain hampering the proceedings. The better weather should also allow more time for the groundsman to work on the wicket and prepare something more suited for t20 cricket.
The Vikings thrashed the Sixers comfortably when they met the last time around and we think a repeat of that result is on the cards here.
Back the Chittagong Vikings to wi