Fortune Barishal (Photo Source: Twitter)
Fortune Barishal will clash against bottom-placed Khulna Tigers in the 42nd match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2023 (BPL) at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on February 10. Fortune Barishal suffered a crucial five-wicket defeat against Comilla Victorians in their last game and slipped to fourth position in the table. But they have already secured their place in the playoffs and are placed in the fourth position in the table with seven wins from 11 games.
Khulna Tigers endured their ninth defeat this season with a big six-wicket loss against league leaders Sylhet Strikers in their last game. Mahmudul Hasan Joy top-scored with 41 off 41 as the Tigers put in a total of 113/8 while batting first. The Strikers chased the target easily with 15 balls to spare despite some impressive bowling spells from Nahidul Islam and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Having already been out of the playoffs race, the Tigers are struggling at the bottom of the table with four points from 11 matches this season. Fortune Barishal have won all of their three encounters against Khulna Tigers in the past, including this season’s first leg fixture, and are favourites to take this one as well.
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: Fenbruay 10, 06:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: FanCode
Shere Bangla National Stadium’s pitch offers a balanced surface for T20 cricket with an average score of around 135. However, teams are struggling to put big totals on the board in the last few games with bowlers getting a lot of help from the surface. Teams have failed to score past the average mark in the last four games in the tournament but fans can expect a high-scoring clash if Fortune Barishal bat first on Friday evening.
Probable Playing XIs for FBA vs KHT:
Anamul Haque (wk), Fazle Mahmud, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan, Karim Janat, Chaturanga de Silva, Mohammad Wasim, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Munim Shahriar, Andy Balbirnie, Shai Hope (c & wk), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Yasir Ali, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nahidul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Paul van Meekeren, Hasan Murad
Probable Best Performers of FBA vs KHT:
Probable best batter: Shakib Al Hasan
The star Bangladeshi all-rounder is enjoying another senational BPL season. He scored just six runs but took a wicket for 21 against Comilla Victorians in the last game. Shakib won the Player of the Match award when he last faced the Khulna Tigers in the first-leg this season with 36 off 21 and a two-wicket spell. He is leading the scoring chart for Fortune Barishal with 353 runs from just ten innings and has also taken eight wickets so far.
Probable best bowler: Mohammad Wasim
The young Pakistani pacer took Mohammad Rizwan’s big wicket against Comilla Victorians in the last game and has the capability to produce a similar performance consistently. He took the wicket of Tamim Iqbal when both Fortune Barishal and Khulna Tigers clashed this season. Wasim has taken nine wickets from seven innings at an economy rate of 8.49 this season.