Khulna Titans looking for first win of BPL season
Published : Saturday, 12 January, 2019 at 11:54 AM Count : 296
It’s been a tough start to the Bangladesh Premier League for Khulna. They were narrowly edged out by the Rangpur Riders before heavy defeats at the hands of the league leaders, Dhaka Dynamites, and the Rajshahi Kings. Khulna’s captain Mahmudullah will be desperate to get the victory today.
In their way are the Chittagong Vikings who have played just two games so far. Chittagong’s opening game saw them defeat the current BPL champions Rangpur, impressively bowling them out for 98. Last time out, Chittagong narrowly lost to the Sylhet Sixers in a game they will feel that they should have won.
Khulna’s troubles stem from an inability to get runs on the board. In their three matches in BPL6, only one batter has gone past fifty. With batters of the quality of Junaid Siddique, Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan are capable of big scores. However, they are all averaging less than 30 and Khulna are suffering. The bowling unit are similarly suffering. It’s telling that Stirling is the leading wicket-taker so far. The Irishman is more noted for his batting but has three wickets in three overs.
Taijul Islam has been disappointing so far. An average of 59 with an economy rate of 7.37 belies his true talents.
Chittagong have far less problems to correct. South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck has taken the tournament by storm. So far, he has taken seven wickets from two games and is yet to be dismissed with the bat. Chittagong’s squad is bolstered by seasoned T20 experts in Cameron Delport and Sikander Raza whilst Mohammad Ashraful’s experience is vital.
Both teams have not played since January 9 so should go into the match feeling refreshed. In four previous meetings, Khulna have won three of those but won’t go into today’s game as favourites.
The toss could be key as the team batting first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has won the last three matches in games starting in the afternoon. Whatever happens at the toss, an improved team performance from Khulna is required or this year’s losing streak could extend to four matches. A win for Chittagong could take them, temporarily, as high as second in the table.