The stage is set for the last game of the 4th edition of this BPL. This is the first run for Rajshahi Kings in BPL and they have made it count in the most impressive way one could think of. They have defied all the odds, silenced all the critics and made to the touching distance of the finish line. Whether they could finish first or second is irrelevant in a way as they have achieved greatness already – through their wonderful team spirits, high jinx and great passion for the game. But their run to the final will be complete with that silver cup of the podium to Sammy’s hand. That’s what we are counting upon.
It’s apparent that Kings will keep their winning combination. This squad has won three consecutive highly important and tough fixtures. There is Mominul, Sohan and Sabbir at the top to devastate in the early overs. They boy wonder Afif to provide security. The ever glowing Samit Patel who is also two times man of the match against Dhaka in this BPL. The firepower of Sammy and Franklin at the lower order and the experience of Farhad Reza at the bottom. This batting line up has the most depth in this BPL season. Everyone is a match winner and they have won matches to prove it too! Batting was never a problem for the Kings. Any target is chaseable when you have big guns blazing like Sammy, Franklin and Sabbir.
The bowling seems more meticulous and more venomous each day. The sharp bounce and cutters from Caribbean speedster Kesrick, the slow poison of James Franklin, the hole in one from Sammy and the unblockable yorkers from Farhad Reza – the seam bowlers are at their best. So good that even after performing at his best, Mohammad Sami will probably be watching this game from the sidelines due to the excellent form Kesrick is in. The spinners have such varieties of talents – Miraz’s sharp turns, Affif’s slingers, Apu’s arm balls and Samit’s deadly deliveries will provide so many options to Captain Sammy.
Kings have already won the hearts of people in and outside of Rajshahi. Their celebrations, their skills and intelligence and most importantly their winning intent is almost palpable. You can feel it, you can almost touch it – you know it in your hear that yellow flags will be flying high tonight while the silver shines at Sammy’s hand!