Chittagong Vikings will face Rajshahi Kings in Tuesday's Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2017-17 season Eliminator in the afternoon while table-toppers Dhaka Dynamites will take on second-placed Khulna Titans in Qualifier 1 in the evening in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Chittagong lost their last two round robin matches against Dhaka and Rajshahi respectively. The star-studded Chittagong team will surely want to return to winning ways as there will be no second opportunity now.
Chittagong captain Tamim Iqbal is in red-hot form and will surely try to hold onto the momentum in the business stage of the competition.
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Chittagong Vikings' fantastic four - captain Tamim Iqbal, Chris Gayle, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi - have their eyes set on the grand finale. But first, they must overcome Rajshahi Kings DHAKA TRIBUNE
“I have always tried to contribute something. So far it (tournament) has been good for me. But this is the main stage. This stage’s performance will prove more valuable. So I will try to perform well. But I do not want to give pressure to any particular player. I hope everyone will play their role well to manage a win,” Tamim said.
Big-hitter Chris Gayle has not played according to his merit in the tournament so far. But Tamim believes there is nothing to be worried about and that Gayle will play his natural game in the next match.
“Probably he has not played well enough but that’s fine with me. I know if he can play an innings like he played in the past, then he can swing a match to a one-sided affair. From that aspect, he did not play that type of innings yet, so there is a chance of that special innings coming very soon,” Tamim explained.
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Rajshahi captain Darren Sammy will be expected to play a pivotal role, be it with the bat or ball DHAKA TRIBUNE
On the other hand, Rajshahi captain Darren Sammy said they have not played their best cricket but still managed to qualify. But the time has come for them to lift their game and play some fascinating cricket which Rajshahi are very much capable of.
“We are a good team. The Kings have the quality to go further. I don’t think we have played our best cricket yet. In so many matches our top-order did not click. If we play well in the coming matches and execute our plan well then we can post challenges to any cricket team,” Sammy said.
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A lot will depend on Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib al Hasan if his side are to progress further in the competition DHAKA TRIBUNE
Meanwhile, ahead of Qualifier 1, Dhaka rested key players in their last match against Khulna on Sunday. But they will try to play their strongest possible XI on Tuesday. That means West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell will return to the side.
In contrast, Khulna produced a dominant batting display against Dhaka to clinch a playoff berth. Captain Mahumudullah will once again be their key man with both bat and ball.
Khulna have no big stars in their team like the others. But still, they have played consistent cricket and clinched a playoff spot and Khulna coach Stuart Law thinks hard work is the reason behind their success.
“It’s great you know, we have come in this tournament as an underdog, no real superstars. Now we have certainly taken big scalps on the way. To beat Dhaka twice on the way is a great effort. Lots of people are saying we have been really lucky. But we have worked really hard to become lucky. And hard work does pay off,” Law said.
Chittagong Vikings v Rajshahi Kings, 1pm
Dhaka Dynamites v Khulna Titans, 5:45pm
Both the games will be held at SBNS, Mirpur