Sylhet Sixers to capitalise on home advantage
Published : Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 at 7:25 PM Count : 222
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium will be buzzing this evening as the Sixers play Cumilla Victorians. The 16th match of this year’s BPL sees Sylhet play in front of their home fans for the first time. The BPL has moved north for eight matches, and four of those will feature David Warner’s men. In their way today is Comilla who are struggling to put two good performances together. Their first meeting, on January 6, was a low scoring affair with the Victorians securing the win, on the penultimate ball of the match, by four wickets.
Sylhet’s last game could have been a heavier defeat, against unbeaten Dhaka, if Nicholas Pooran hadn’t struck a 47-ball 72 to take Sylhet to a respectable total. Having slumped to 37-5 when chasing 173, Sylhet needed their West Indian allrounder’s innings. The bowlers had suffered at the hands of Dhaka who scored at 8.65 runs per over. Only Sohail Tanvir managed respectability with 1-21 from his allotted overs. Taskin Ahmed took 3-38 but Sylhet struggled, as every other bowling unit as, with Dhaka’s explosive batting line up.
In Cumilla’s last match, against Chittagong, they also needed to be rescued by a lower order performance. Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera scored 74 from 26 balls to carry Cumilla to a testing total. Perera had scored 140 from 74 balls against New Zealand in an ODI and he is showing no signs of losing his form. Despite scoring at strike rate of 284.61, with three fours and eight sixes, Perera’s remarkable innings was not enough. Mushfiqur Rahim played a captain’s innings to carry Comilla to a four-wicket victory.
This match has the potential to be a shootout between Pooran and Perera as to who is the better striker of the ball. Sylhet’sbatters will feel that they have better scoring ability and home advantage. Also, Sandeep Lamichhane is yet to show his full potential in the competition. Cumilla have their own problems with bowling and need to find their most effective bowlers. Conceding too many runs per over, Cumilla need to tighten up their bowling otherwise Sylhet will take full advantage.