Five finals in the seven previous seasons with three titles! Over the years, the teams from Dhaka under different names -- Gladiators, Dynamites and Platoon -- have dominated the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 tournament. But they have struggled in the 2021-22 season. (More Cricket News)
Now competing as Minister Group Dhaka, they need to win both the remaining matches to give themselves a realistic chance of making the playoffs. And on Wednesday, they face a buoyant Khulna Tigers. Here's all you need to know about the match.
With three wins and one no result, the most successful side in the BPL history, are fifth (seven points) in the six-team table. In the last outing, they came within striking distance of beating Chattogram Challengers, only to lose the match by just three runs despite Tamim Iqbal's 73 off 56. A defeat today at the hands of Mushfiqur Rahim-led side will end all their hopes. A win, and they live to fight another day.
Khulna Tigers, third in the table with eight points from seven matches, are looking for a third win on the trot. After suffering back-to-back defeats against Fortune Barishal by 17 and six runs respectively, they defeated Sylhet Sunrisers by nine wickets and 15 runs. And a win today will complete a league double against Minister Group Dhaka too. In the first meeting, the Tigers won by five wickets.
Later in the day, Comilla Victorians face already-eliminated Sylhet Sunrisers at the same venue, starting 5:00 PM IST.
Minister Group Dhaka lead Khulna Tigers 6-4 in the head-to-head record, including a three-run win in Dhaka earlier this year.
Match and telecast details
Match: Match 25 of Bangladesh Premier League 2022, Khulna Tigers Vs Minister Group Dhaka
Date: February 9 (Monday), 2022
Time: 12:00 PM IST/ 12:30 PM Local
Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
How to live stream Khulna Tigers Vs Minister Group Dhaka BPL T20 cricket match?
Khulna Tigers Vs Minister Group Dhaka BPL T20 cricket match will be telecast live on the FanCode app.
In Bangladesh, fans can watch the Khulna Tigers Vs Minister Group Dhaka match on Gazi TV and T Sport.
Khulna Tigers won the toss and opted to bat first.
Khulna Tigers: Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Andre Fletcher, Yasir Ali, Thisara Perera, Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Sikandar Raza, Jaker Ali, Khaled Ahmed, Nabil Samad, Ruyel Miah.
Minister Group Dhaka: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah (c), Jahurul Islam (wk), Shuvagata Hom, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Imran Uzzaman(w), Shamsur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Khulna Tigers: Andre Fletcher, Soumya Sarkar, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Thisara Perera, Sikandar Raza, Mahedi Hasan, Jaker Ali, Khaled Ahmed, Kamrul Islam, Nabil Samad, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Seekkuge Prasanna, Rony Talukdar, Sharifullah, Naveen-ul-Haq, Tanzid Hasan, Farhad Reza.
Minister Group Dhaka: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Imran Uzzaman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah (c), Shuvagata Hom, Qais Ahmad, Mohammad Naim, Arafat Sunny, Ebadot Hossain, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Najibullah Zadran, Aminul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Hasan Murad, Andre Russell.