Sylhet Sixers face dominant Dhaka Dynamites
Published : Saturday, 12 January, 2019 at 5:31 PM Count : 298
If they are to win tonight, Sylhet will be the first team to beat Dhaka this season. Sylhet have played two games so far where a narrow defeat to Comilla Victorians was followed up by a five-run victory against Chittagong Vikings. The victory against Chittagong will give the Sixers some confidence after recovering from 6/3 after 2.4 overs to achieving a total of 168/5 which they defended.
David Warner’s men need to overcome a Dhaka team who do not know how to lose. The Dynamites were struggling against Rangpur before debutant Alis Islam’s hat-trick stopped the momentum. Dhaka went on to win by two runs and consolidated their lead at the top of the BPL table. Having won all three of their games, they sit on top with six points and a superior net run rate of 3.167. Sylhet sit in fifth place with two points.
Sylhet’s batting line up is anchored by their captain, David Warner. Fellow opener Liton Das has just one run from two matches so far. Nicholas Pooran has batted well down the order, with 93 runs to his name so far, could put pressure on Das’ wicketkeeping spot if Sylhet did want to change their line-up. The main threat to Dhaka is Nepalese superstar leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. Although Lamichhane has just two wickets so far, he’s capable of causing any team trouble. He’s also economical, 4.62 runs per over so far, limiting Dhaka’s scoring ability. Taskin Ahmed took 4-28 against Chittagong and will be looking to add to this tally.
Dhaka’s strength is their batting ability. They have the three highest totals of BPL6: 192/6, 189/5, 183/9. Hazratullah Zazai had a rare failure against Rangpur but has two fifties in the tournament. The West Indian trio of Andre Russell, Keiron Pollard and Sunil Narine have shown their T20 prowess with valuable runs.
The bowling unit has been proficient at taking wickets. Shakib al Hasan has lead the way with five wickets but Alis Islam’s performance, on debut, shows that they have strength in numbers.
Seven bowlers have two or more wickets across their three matches in the tournament. If David Warner wins the toss, it will be interesting to see if bats first. Not only did Sylhet’s sole victory come from setting a total, Dhaka haven’t chased a total this season. Perhaps the Australian will favour setting a total for the leaders to chase.