Tamim Iqbal will lead the Chittagong Vikings    AFP
Tamim Iqbal will lead the Chittagong Vikings AFP

It is the eighth match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016 as Chittagong Vikings take on Khulna Titans. The match is scheduled to be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Both Chittagong Vikings and Khulna Titans currently have one victory from the two matches that they have played and will seek their second victory in this season of the tournament to climb up the points table. While Vikings have so far played good cricket, the Titans have lost their latest match as they put up 45 runs for the opponents to chase and will look to better their performance. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016: Points Table and Team Standings

The Chittagong Vikings look to be the stronger of the two teams, both by the members of the squad and their performance so far in the tournament. Their first match was against the reigning champions Comilla Victorians, which they won dominantly. Tamim Iqbal-led Vikings started off the game brilliantly but failed to hold on to the momentum. Tamim Iqbal is surely the driving force of the batting line-up and opens the batting for the side. Tamim is one of the most accomplished batsmen Bangladesh have ever produced and is in a great form currently. His approach has been aggressive so far in the series, be it captaincy or batting. He had provided a very good start to his team. His performance is one of the keys to his team’s success. Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik are the other two names to watch out for. Anamul Haque makes the batting stronger.

A surprise element will be Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who is playing in BPL for the first time. His debut so far has been fruitful, with a 4-for in the first match that paced up their victory. The player is yet to fire up with the bat and if he does that, the batting will be one of the most powerful in the competition. He is also one of the most promising bowlers for the side along with local hero Taskin Ahmed. An interesting spell came from Tymal Mills who prefers mixing up extreme variations and confuse the batsman to trap him.

Opponents Khulna Titans lack experience in the squad. Skipper Mahmudullah and Alok Kapali are the two most experienced and big names of the side and a lot depends upon these two as far as batting is concerned. Shafiul Islam and Mosharraf Hossain will be the names to watch out for in the bowling brigade. It is up to these players to guide the youngsters and the less experienced ones to fight the strong opponents in the tournament and gather points to end among the top four.

Squads:

Chittagong Vikings: Abdur Razzak, Anamul Haque (wk), Chaturanga de Silva, Grant Elliott, Chris Gayle, Tamim Iqbal (c), Imran Khan jnr, Jahurul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Jeevan Mendis, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Nabi, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Saqlain Sajib, Shahidul Islam, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith, Subashis Roy, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Zakir Hasan.

Khulna Titans: 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, Riki Wessels, Taibur Rahman, Abdul Halim, Abu Sayeem.

Time: 14.00 local | 13.30 IST

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)