About the Match
The defending champions and pre-tournament favorites, Dhaka Dynamites got off to a poor start in the tournament losing their first match against newbies Sylhet Sixers. It showed once again that this season is going to keenly contested as the teams make full use of the five foreign players available to them in the playing eleven.
The task for the Dynamites is not going to get any easier as they take on the Khulna Titans, another strong team stacked to the gills with world-class talent.
The Titans finished second in the league table last year and would count themselves unfortunate to not have gone further into the knockout stages than they did. This year they have reinforced their team with some smart T20 purchases that we think are going to pay off big time.
Led by Mahmudullah Riad who is a formidable threat with the bat in these conditions, the Titans have some of the best regarded T20 talent in the world at their beckoning.
Michael Klinger is an absolute beast when it comes to scoring runs and has dominated the Big Bash League as well as the NatWest T20 Blast over the last few years. He should find his way into the eleven alongside Rilee Rossouw, the newly retired from international cricket South African, who we believe could be the star batsman this season.
His big hitting prowess is well established and he should get a chance up the order as well. Kyle Abbott is another South African player to step away from the international game who is high demand across the world and it will be interesting to see what kind of impact he has on these slow Bangladeshi wickets.
Shaiful Islam from Bangladesh, Carlos Braithwaite from West Indies and Jofra Archer from England are all a part of the squad as well.
The Pakistani players are expected to be missing from the competition for the first couple of weeks and that could put the Khulna Titans in a bit of strife.
While the overseas players for the Titans are world class, they are lacking proven quality in the local players and that could be a weak spot for them going forward.
A shock upset to the Sylhet Sixers in the first match will make the Dhaka Dynamites sit up and take notice of the changes around them. Their performance in the first match was very poor as they fell short of a par total batting first and then never really challenged with the ball.
Some changes to the playing eleven may be necessary as they strive to get the balance of their team right.
It is not as if the team is lacking in any one particular area though as all their bases seem to be well covered. Mehedi Maruf failed tog et going in the first match but his performances last year ear him a few more chances at the top of the order. Similarly, Evin Lewis one of the form T20 players going around the world and must be given a couple of matches more to acclimatize.
We would love to see Shane Watson in the playing eleven if he is fit and available because he is a genuine all-rounder that contributes with both the bat and ball lending a lot of balance to the playing eleven.
With Kumar Sangakkara, Mossadek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, and Kieron Pollard in the side it is difficult to see the Dhaka Dynamites go without runs for too long in this competition.
The selection of Adil Rashid in the playing eleven is understandable in most circumstances as he is an accomplished T20 player but we would love to know how does Sunil Narine find himself out of the playing eleven if fit and available! Playing the both of them in the same side would not be a poor idea as well considering that their economy rates are among the best in the world.
The fast bowling remains a problem for the Dhaka Dynamites but they will hope to rectify this and other problems in their second match.
There are plenty of reasons to continue to back this team at this early stage in the tournament and we genuinely believe that they will get better in a hurry.
Pitch and Conditions
The conditions are expected to be dry and pleasant for cricket as they were on the first day. The pitch was relatively good for batting in the first couple of matches and a score of around 150 seems to be par.
A little more spin may become visible as we move deeper into the tournament.
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