Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga bowled in the nets Thursday during Khulna’s practice session, and there is a good chance that the legendary bowler will play in the next match
Khulna Titans will face Comilla Victorians in a crucial game at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in the evening match Friday.
Khulna practised at Sylhet District Stadium Thursday ahead of their crunch match.
The Titans have so far won only one game among their five matches so it almost becomes a must-win game for them in order to bolster their chance of securing a top-four spot after the group stage.
Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga bowled in the nets Thursday during Khulna’s practice session, and there is a good chance that the legendary bowler will play in the next match.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah also arrived in Sylhet to join the Titans squad, but his chance of playing the next game will be decided prior to the match after assessing the pitch and conditions.
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Middle-order batsman Ariful Haque believes the batsmen in the middle-order, including him, need to perform better.
Ahead of playing Comilla, Ariful admitted that every game is important for them, and that they are focused on taking things match by match.
“We were desperate to win in the last game as the team were a little down after losing the first four matches but the win in the fifth game gave us some much needed confidence. There are still a lot of areas to improve on as a team and we are confident as a side that we will perform better to produce better results. Every game is equally important for us and we are focusing on performing better, rather than thinking about the opposition at the moment,” said the middle-order batsman Ariful after the practice session Thursday.
On the other hand, the Victorians camp is confident of a repeat performance as they dominated against the home side Sylhet Sixers recently.
The Sixers were bundled out for 67 runs and the Victorians chased down the runs without breaking a sweat.
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Comilla have six points from five games, while Khulna have two from the same number of outings.
In the early match of the day, Dhaka Dynamites will face Sylhet.
The Dynamites suffered their first loss in the tournament’s last match against Rajshahi Kings but are still sitting pretty on top of the points table.
Home team Sylhet bounced back from their poor batting performance and won convincingly in their last match.
So it will be another high-voltage game.