Today’s match is between two teams that are poised evenly in BPL 2016 as far as the points table is concerned, both being stranded with only 1 win. Chittagong Vikings lost 3 of their matches while Rajshahi Kings lost 2 close encounters.
The Vikings will definitely look forward to turning around at their home soil. It has not been confirmed yet if Chris Gayle would be playing tomorrow, but they have a formidable side with the likes of Tamim, Nabi, Anamul, Taskin, Mills and a few other talented players.
The Kings, who have just signed former Bangladesh opening batsman Junayed Siddique and Kiwi veteran James Franklin, might bring up changes in the playing 11 to shift the gear towards a winning spree. Their opening pair looked vulnerable and the void could be filled up by Junayed. They also lost 2 of their matches in the last over where a clean hitter of the cricket ball could have made the difference and there is a possibility that Franklin’s big-hitting ability would be taken into account. Their Icon player Sabbir Rahman will surely look forward yo carrying on his blistering form with the bat. Umar Akmal, unlucky twice, will also play a big role in building up a good total or if batting second, chasing it down. Change in the batting order and bringing Miraz up is a crucial decision and that should entirely depend on the match situation. In the bowling department, the fast bowlers need to perform better than they did in the last game. If Franklin gets a game, may be the other three foreigners would be Sammy, Umar, and Samit. Samit was Man of the Match in one of the matches, but he might have to make way for Milinda Siriwardene if the Kings management feel like giving the latter an opportunity. If Junayed comes in, Raqibul should make way for him. Sohan has been brilliant behind the stumps, so it is very unlikely that he would drop out despite his poor show with the willow.
The Kings should not feel that they are falling behind as they have played only 3 matches so far and both the losses they faced could have gone in their favour. They need a bit of shuffle here and there and they will be on top of their game. The Rajshahi Kings supporters will back their heroes and will be hoping for a inspiring victory today.