Fortune Barishal (Photo Source: Twitter)
Fortune Barishal (FBA) will clash against the struggling Khulna Tigers (KHT) in the 33rd match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2023 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on February 3. Fortune Barishal suffered a crucial five-wicket defeat against Dhaka Dominators in their last game. Anamul Haque’s 42 off 35 helped them to score 156 runs while batting first but bowlers struggled as the Dominators easily chased the target with seven balls remaining. But despite a defeat, Fortune Barishal remain in the second position with six wins from the opening nine group-stage matches.
Khulna Tigers suffered their seventh defeat off this season as they lost against Comilla Victorians in their last game. Captain Shai Hope smashed 91* runs off 55 balls and the veteran Bangladeshi opener, Tamim Iqbal, scored 95 runs off 61 balls, to put 210 runs on the scorecard while batting first. But the Victorians managed to chase the target with seven wickets and ten ball remaining. The Tigers remain in the sixth position with just four points from nine matches and have lost both the game against Fortune Barishal in the past.
BPL Today’s Match Details
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: February 3, 01:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: FanCode
BPL Today’s Match Pitch Report
The pitch at Shere Bangla National Stadium offers a sporting wicket in T20 games. The average first innings score here is around 155 runs and teams have consistently scored big totals here this season. However, teams batting first have won all five last games played here, so winning a toss will be crucial for the captains on Friday.
FBA vs KHT Probable Playing XIs
Fortune Barishal (FBA):
Anamul Haque (wk), Saif Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Salman Hossain, Karim Janat, Mohammad Wasim, Khaled Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam
Khulna Tigers (KHT):
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shai Hope (c), Azam Khan (wk), Yasir Ali, Mark Deyal, Amad Butt, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nahidul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shafiqul Islam
FBA vs KHT Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Shakib Al Hasan:
The star all-rounder was excellent with a ball against the Dominators in the last game after scoring just five runs. Shakib has been in sensational form with a bat this season and is leading the scoring chart for Fortune Barishal with 311 runs from eight innings at an average of 51.83 and a strike rate of 185.11. He pulled of the Player of the Match performance with 41 runs and two wickets, when his team faced Khulna Tigers last year.
Probable best bowler
With Wahab Riaz, who took 13 wickets from just seven innings in BPL 2023, returning to Pakistan, young pacer Mohammad Wasim takes this spot. Wasim failed to get any wicket against Dhaka Dominators in the last game but he is joint leading wicket-taker for Fortune Barishal this season with seven wickets from just five innings at an economy rate of 8.36.