Khulna Tigers Vs Fortune Barishal is the 14th match in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. In their previous meeting Khulna lost by 14 runs in a close game, and will be hoping to get back against Barishal. The Tigers are struggling with momentum and consistency. They lost two and won two leaving them fourth with four points. For Fortune Barishal, their batting is a little shaky, but the bowling has allowed them to put up strong performances, making up for the batting shortcoming.
Match: Khulna Tigers Vs Fortune Barishal
Date: 31st January 2022
Time: 17:00 PM, IST
The evening is expected to be cool. Dew hasn’t been much of a highlight this season leaving both sides even, as the toss is unlikely to impact teams much. Batting first though could be better as the surface is expected to take turn as the game goes on.
The Khulna Tigers Vs Fortune Barishal fixture is the second game of the day, and there will be some wear on the surface due to the first game. With considerable wear on offer spin will play a strong role, leaving teams batting first with an advantage as they can enjoy favorable bowling conditions in the second innings.
Khulna Tigers: Andre Fletcher, Soumya Sarkar, Rony Talukdar, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Mahedi Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Farhad Reza, Sharifullah, Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Fortune Barishal: Najmul Hussain Shanto, Chris Gayle, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Nurul Hasan (wk), Irfan Sukkur, Ziaur Rahman, Jake Lintott, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Shafiqul Islam
Chris Gayle was among the runs in the previous game, spending good time with the bat, and regaining his explosive touch. He comes with immense experience, and his form could help Barishal as they are struggling with the bat. A strong showing from the likes of him and Shakib Al Hasan though could make a huge impact on how the side goes in the season.
With the pitch expected to take turn, openers will have to do a good chunk of the work upfront. Runs will be easier to score with the new ball and Soumya Sarkar’s aggression early on can help set-up the game for his side.
Both sides are likely to bolster their spin attacks, while Dwayne Bravo may also be in consideration for the fixture, after being rotated.
With Chris Gayle in form and a strong set of names in Fortune Barishal, they hold the edge as they look to turn their batting form around. They have the explosive power to change games in a short span of time, and they are the side to watch out for today.