POST TIME: 21 January, 2019 12:12:10 AM
Dynamites aim to consolidate lead
Comilla, Rajshahi to play in third phase opener
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Dynamites aim to consolidate lead

Dhaka Dynamites cricketers stretch during a training session at the BCB Academy ground in Mirpur yesterday ahead of their BPL match against Chittagong Vikings. BCB Photo

All the hypes of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament yet again shifted to Dhaka after Sylhet leg, where eight matches were played during the last five days.

Chittagong Vikings and Comilla Victorians among the BPL franchise teams comparatively did their best than other teams. They improved their place on the points-table but none of them able to remove Dhaka Dynamites from the pole position. Still Dhaka are on top with the highest 10 points from six matches.   

The third leg of the BPL-6 will be excited and more competitive because the bulk of the teams meanwhile got their expected team combination. Along with that, the teams could have known the strength and weakness each other.

They are now busy in gelling themselves for the tough fight in the next matches to cruise into the next qualifier round. Barring Chittagong Vikings, most of the teams however played half of their allocated matches.

The team or teams who failed to perform in Dhaka leg will be ensured their early exit from the cash-rich tournament. It will be evident from this leg which team will be made their untimely departure from the sixth edition.  

Among the BPL teams, Khulna Titans, who earned their first victory in the season after four matches but they remained in the rock-bottom of the points chart with just two points. If they lose any match of this Dhaka leg, in that case, they will be the first team to be exited from the competition race.

This Dhaka leg will open with the match of rejuvenated Comilla Victorians and Rajshahi Kings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur at 1:30pm.

Both Victorians and Kings held their pre-match intense practice session at the national academy of the SBNCS. But Victorians had optional training, where coach Mohammad Salahuddin appeared with Evin Lewis along with some local bowlers the likes of Mohammad Shohid, Mosharraf Hossain Rubel, Sanjit Saha coupled with some net bowlers.

West Indies hard-hitter Lewis, who sidelined for two matches with his injury, made a comeback that will obviously bolster Victorians batting line-up against Rajshahi Kings. Rajshahi on the other hand will try to tame Victorians with their much-vaunted bowling line-up led by Mustafizur Rahman and in-form Mehidy Hasan Miraj. They have paceman Kamrul Islam Rabbi and spinner Arafat Sunny along with occasional Soumya Sarkar.   

On the other hand Dhaka Dynamites with an aim to consolidate  will face off spirited Chittagong Vikings in the second match of the day at 6:30pm. In Sylhet leg, star-studded Dynamites though lost their opener to Rajshahi Kings by 20 runs won their second and last phase-ending match against local side Sylhet Sixers by six wickets.  

Dhaka fielded two new players-batsman Darwish Rasooli (Afghanistan) and all-rounder Andrew Birch (South Africa). Of them, Rasool who got to bat against Sylhet Sixers but failed to shine with his willow, dismissed for 19. And Birch, who got to bowl and sparked with cherry, claimed three wickets- the highest of the innings for 42.