After three matches, Khulna Titans are without a win and are placed at the bottom of the points table.
Chittagong Vikings won their opening match but suffered a close defeat in the last game. The Vikings have played with the same XI in the first two matches and are expected to go in with an unchanged side. Mohammad Shahzad and Cameron Delport will open the batting with Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim and Sikandar Raza to follow.
In the bowling line up, Robert Frylinck has been particularly impressive. He returned with figures of 4-14 against Rampur Riders which led the opponents to be bundled out for 98 runs. Frylinck backed his performance with 3-26 against Sylhet Sixers and also scored a 24-ball 44.
He has been assisted by Nayeem Hasan who has been quiet economical. Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed would be the other lead bowlers.
Khulna Titans are also expected to go in with the same playing XI. Ali Khan has been injured due to which English batsman David Malan was drafted in the playing XI in the last match. However, he could not leave a mark. The only possible change could be the return of Windies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
Among batsmen, Junaid Siddiqui has looked bit comfortable and has scores of 33, 31 and 23 in the last three matches. Paul Stirling also struck a 46-ball 61 and has picked up three vital wickets. David Wiese is another key player for the team while Afghan spinner Zahir Khan will be their x-factor. You can check out some online odds with Mansionbet but the odds are with Chittagong Vikings to win this one, but let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams first.
Chittagong Vikings - Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sikandar Raza, Mosaddek Hossain, Robert Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Khulna Titans - Paul Stirling, Junaid Siddique, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, David Wiese, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Subashis Roy, Zahir Khan
Who will win? – Chittagong Vikings
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Paul Stirling (Khulna Titans), Mohammad Shahzad (Chittagong Vikings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Zahir Khan (Khulna Titans), Robert Frylinck (Chittagong Vikings)
Most Sixes – Paul Stirling (Khulna Titans), Mohammad Shahzad (Chittagong Vikings)
Team Scores Batting First – Khulna Titans 125+, Chittagong Vikings 140+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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