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Khulna look to open account in BPL

  • Published at 09:51 pm January 7th, 2019
Mahmudullah
Khulna Titans' Mahmudullah bats in the Mirpur nets Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Khulna Titans lost their first game by eight runs against Rangpur Riders, and will look to get their first points on the board with a win against a strong Dhaka outfit

Khulna Titans will face Dhaka Dynamites while defending champion Rangpur Riders will lock horns with Comilla Victorians on matchday three of the Bangladesh Premier League’s sixth edition in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

Khulna lost their first game by eight runs against Rangpur, and will look to get their first points on the board with a win against a strong Dhaka outfit. 

The task will not be easy for them as Khulna captain Mahmudullah told the media that his team need to be more aggressive to get better results ahead of their second game at 12:30 pm. 

“Every match will be challenging as all the teams have quality players so our results depend on how we apply ourselves in each game. I think we can be a bit more aggressive as a team. We’ll try to play the next game with that attacking mindset. Dhaka are a very strong team, not just on paper, but also on the field,” Mahmudullah explained.

The other game later on will be between Comilla and Rangpur from 5:20 pm, and Victorians all-rounder Mahedi Hasan was full of praise for his captain Steve Smith

“Both as a captain and a person, Smith is excellent. I’ve enjoyed playing under his captaincy so far and he keeps players around him busy, which is really important for T20 cricketers. He keeps everyone involved and focused in the game. To be honest, it won’t be possible to win over everyone overnight and with time and more games, he can help us improve,” said Mahedi.  

Rangpur’s batsman Mehedi Maruf though thinks having a player like Chris Gayle – who has a lot of experience of playing in Bangladesh – would give his team the edge against the likes of Australian Smith, who is playing his first BPL.

“It usually takes a few games to get the combinations and strategies spot on so thankfully we’ve managed to do that in the second match. We have Gayle and he has experience of playing here in these conditions for many years, which is our biggest plus point. Smith is playing his first BPL and Australia don’t often tour here either so the advantage has to be with ‘Big Boss’ Gayle,” expressed Maruf.