Mahmudullah are well placed at second spot ahead of this clash    Getty Images
Mahmudullah are well placed at second spot ahead of this clash Getty Images

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016 has made rapid strides with lots of shuffling in the points table with every passing week. Dhaka Dynamites were the table toppers for the initial few weeks but were taken over by Khulna Titans (KT). With some superlative performances in their last few outings, Rangpur Riders (RR) are the new team who have helped themselves to the numero uno spot. With so much happening in the qualifying rounds, KT meet Barisal Bulls (BB) in a crucial game of BPL 2016. While KT are at the second spot, BB have slided to fifth position with 6 points. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016: Schedule and Time Table

It promises to be another cracking game in Bangladesh’s franchise cricket with lots to look forward to for both sides. Talking about KT first, Mahmudullah’s side have been top notch with five wins out of seven games. KT have managed to get on top of their opponents especially during close ties and can be termed as the most improved side since the tournament kick-started.

Mahmudullah’s last over heroics has gained maximum popularity while his leadership has also been at par. His key players are Riki Wessels, Shaiful Islam and Kevin Cooper and he will again be expected to lead from front with both bat and ball to ensure his side another win. He will be desperate to regain the 1st position in the rankings and like to maintain another good run for his side.

On the other hand, BB have their task cut out. Mushfiqur Rahim’s side started their campaigns with a few wins but have slipped in their ranks a little since then. They have 3 wins and equal number of losses and need to pull up their socks to enter the top 4 before it gets too late.

The key players from BB are Rahim, Thisara Perera, Shahriar Nafees, Taijul Islam and Nadif Chowdhury. Nonetheless, their performances have slipped a bit as they have not managed to fire in all cylinders. Either it has been their batting or else the bowling has looked careless at times. Some good performances can still bolster them and help them close to qualifying for the next round.

Time: 18:45 local | 19: 15 IST

Squads:

Khulna Titans (KT): Mahmudullah(c), Abdul Majid, Alok Kapali, Ariful Haque, Kevon Cooper, Andre Fletcher, Hasanuzzaman, Benny Howell, Junaid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammad Asghar, Mosharraf Hossain, Naeem Islam jnr, Noor Hossain, Nicholas Pooran, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Lendl Simmons, Taibur Rahman, Riki Wessels

Barisal Bulls (BB): Abu Hider Rony, Al-Amin Hossain, Carlos Brathwaite, Joshua Cobb, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Nawaz, Monir Hossain, Dilshan Munaweera, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Nadif Chowdhury, Rumman Raees, Shahriar Nafees, Shamsur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Thisara Perera