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Khulna look to break losing jinx

BPL Sylhet-leg opens today
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Khulna look to break losing jinx
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi (R) along with his Comilla Victorians teammates, board a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on the eve of team’s departure for Sylhet yesterday to play in BPL second phase. Bcb photo

The second leg of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament will open with the match of the rejuvenated Rajshahi Kings and rock-bottom Khulna Titans at the picturesque Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet today.

Meanwhile most of the teams flew to Sylhet to play their second phase matches.

The fixture, a day-affair, will kick off at 1:30pm. Though the match will be telecast live, there will be no spidercam.

It’s learnt from the BPL governing council sources that Sylhet has no facility of using spidercam.

But the other

facilities of the decision review system (DRS) will be there including drone, Ultra-Edge, hotspot and Snicko

technologies.

Rajshahi Kings, the 2016 BPL runner-up, staged an emphatic comeback in the contention by thrashing

Chris Gayle-inspired Rangpur Riders in the nail-biting, phase-ending encounter in Mirpur on Sunday.

With the thrilling victory, the Kings presently placed fifth in the BPL points-chart after the first Dhaka phase with four points from the same number of outings, in where they have an identical win-loss record.

Inspired by local players, the team will look forward to triumph their matches what they will play in the new phase and ground in Sylhet, who will host eight matches in the five-long-leg.

The matches for some BPL Franchise teams are make-or-break situation to survive in the contention of the cash-rich tournament.

Rajshahi will play only two matches, out of the eight fixtures, will be back-to-back affairs. They will play their second and last tie against table-toppers Dhaka Dynamites on the second day of the Sylhet leg.  

Khulna Titans, on the other hand, will be eyeing to bounce back in the contention as they are yet to win any match of their four matches what they played in the BPL first leg in Dhaka.

Khulna recruit Sri Lankan pace spearhead Lasith Malinga meanwhile joined Titans’ fortress in Sylhet after being passed a busy international schedule with the national team in New Zealand.

The team management of the Titans will look to this globe-trotting Lankan paceman of his sublime bowling performance so that they could come out of the vicious circle of the defeat from Sylhet leg.

The matches the team has ahead of them are almost must-win situation for them because they did not script any win despite playing four matches in the first leg of the Twenty20 blockbuster cricket tournament.  

Of these matches, they were in win-like situation only in a match against Chittagong Vikings on Saturday, where the match rolled onto the one-over eliminator in the super over after being tied and Robert Frylinck’s late heroics gave Chittagong Super Over win.

Mathematically, they have still chances to sneak into the next phase of the BPL but another defeat will obviously jeopardise their hopes to move forward further rather than it will smooth their early exit from the BPL competition race.

Comilla Victorians will vie against local team Sylhet Sixers in the second fixture of the day at the same venue at 6:30pm.

The 2015 BPL champion had a bright opportunity to finish the Dhaka leg with winning note along with make a strong place in the points-table but they finally conceded defeat to Mushfiqur Rahim-led Chittagong Vikings in the nerve-jangling match that wrapped up the first phase of the 2019 BPL.

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