DHAKA: Dhaka Dynamites won the toss and elected to bat against Rajshahi Kings in the 36th match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League season at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday, December 2.
Both Dhaka and Rajshahi are left with only two matches each in the group stages and both of them have still not sealed a spot in the playoffs, stared Friday, December 8.
Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka are currently placed third on the eight-team table with 11 points from 10 matches while Darren Sammy’s Rajshahi are fifth, having secured just eight from 10 matches.
Rajshahi need nothing less than a win in Dhaka today as fourth-placed Rangpur Riders have better chances of securing the playoff-berth after having collected 10 points from just nine matches.
Sammy’s men have been haunted by their inability to remain consistent in the ongoing season. They have not been able to win two matches on the trot but have an opportunity buck the trend as they are heading into Saturday’s match on the back of a comfortable 33-run win over Chittagong Vikings on Wednesday, November 29.
The return of Mustafizur Rahman has served as a big boost to Rajshahi. The young left-arm pacer picked up two wickets during their win against Chittagong.
On the other hand, Dhaka have lost a bit of steam after winning four matches on the trot early in the season. The star-studded team has won only of its last four matches and are in desperate need for momentum as they head towards the business end of the tournament.
Dhaka will also be looking to take confidence from the early-season win over Rajshahi, in which star players Evin Lewis and Shahid Afridi starred.
Dhaka Dynamites XI: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Hider, Jahurul Islam (wk), Nadif Chowdhury, Shadman Islam, Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, Joe Denly, Kieron Pollard, Cameron Delport.
Rajshahi Kings XI: Mominul Haque, Zakir Hasan (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Qazi Onik, Usama Mir, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Lendl Simmons, Mohammad Sami.
END OF OVER:14 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | DD: 131/1 | RR: 9.35
3.1 – W – Narine, OUT
END OF OVER:13 | 10 Runs | DD: 129/0 | RR: 9.92
END OF OVER:12 | 16 Runs | DD: 119/0 | RR: 9.91
END OF OVER:11 | 10 Runs | DD: 103/0 | RR: 9.36
END OF OVER:10 | 9 Runs | DD: 93/0 | RR: 9.30
END OF OVER:9 | 14 Runs | DD: 84/0 | RR: 9.33
END OF OVER:8 | 12 Runs | DD: 70/0 | RR: 8.75
END OF OVER:7 | 8 Runs | DD: 58/0 | RR: 8.28
END OF OVER:6 | 8 Runs | DD: 50/0 | RR: 8.33
END OF OVER:5 | 17 Runs | DD: 42/0 | RR: 8.40
END OF OVER:4 | 13 Runs | DD: 25/0 | RR: 6.25
END OF OVER:3 | 5 Runs | DD: 12/0 | RR: 4.00
END OF OVER:2 | 2 Runs | DD: 7/0 | RR: 3.50
END OF OVER:1 | 5 Runs | DD: 5/0 | RR: 5.00
Story first published: 2nd December 2017