Kings are on the rise. They have won back to back matches, both against table toppers. Which itself should be a confidence booster in itself. Moreover as a sign of fortitude and resilience, Kings skipper Darren Sammy is at his explosive best with the bat. Titans and Riders bowlers, who were unlucky enough to be in the wrong side of Sammy’s wrath got their bowling stats messed up. Sammy is an equation changer, he can turn a match around by it’s head single handedly. He is in shape, that’s a big mark of relief for the Kings.
Kings will most likely keep the match winning combination. Though Mohammad Sami is not well right now gets to match fitness before the toss. Sami, with his experience and pace is a crucial cog to the Kings wheel. In pressure moments and in death overs, Mohammad Sami is the call to guy when you need a few dot balls and put the batsman in pressure.But if he is unavailable we might get to see our Kiwi recruit and another battle hardened veteran, James Franklin in action against the Riders. Nazmul Apu seems to be enjoying his moment under the sun as he continues to deceive batsmen with his devious flights and awkward turns. Farhad Reza is another veteran to call to keep a steady heads during the powerplay overs and at the very end.
Batting are the least bit to worry about for the Kings right now. All of the top and middle order batsmen are enjoying a good run of the form. Though due to injuries and unavailibilities, the Kings are shorn on options for providing a lefy-righty combination at the opening. Though the double lefty pair of Mominul and Junaid are doing great. But as Rangpur are most likely to open bowl with an off spinner like Sohag Gazi, the Kings could provide with an element of surprise and open with Sabbir with the bat, who is a right hand batsman and built perfectly to take advantage of the opening powerplays. SBNCS pitches are continuing to show signs of slowing down, so spinners are the ones to look out for. Gazi, Sunny and Afridi – all are in good form. But shouldn’t cause enough trouble for the Kings batsmen unless they try anything rash.
It’s just another game poised in front of the Kings to take. We have beaten Rangpur just a few days earlier, we can do it again!