Khulna-Rajshahi, Dhaka-Chattogram to confront today

Gemcon Khulna will take on Minister Group Rajshahi in the first match of the day while Beximco Dhaka will face off Gazi group Chattogram in the second game today. 

All of the matches of the tournament will be played at the ‘Home of Cricket’ Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The first match is at 1.30 PM while the second game starts at 6.30 PM. State run Bangladesh Television and country’s new sports channel T Sports will telecast the matches live.

Walton, the country’s leading electrical, electronic goods and automobiles manufacturing company, became the title sponsor of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup.

After winning their first match in almost similar fashion, both Gemcon Khulna and Minister Group Rajshahi are eying to keep up their winning spree in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup as they take on each other today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, reports BSS.

Both of the teams snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat after finding them in a tricky position in their very first game.

Gemcon Khulna found a superman in Ariful Haque who smashed four sixes in five balls in the last over to help the side secure a four-wicket win over Fortune Rajshahi.

Minister Group Rajshahi however defended 9 runs in the last over thanks to a brilliant bowling of Mahedi Hasan to beat Beximco Dhaka by two runs.

The only difference was Gemcon Khulna was absolute favourite but had to struggle to win their first game while Minister Group Rajshahi was not favourite against Beximco Dhaka but still found a way to victory.

Ariful Haque who scripted Khulna’s victory with a heroic knock, a 34 ball-48 not out, believed they got a wake-up call despite getting a victory.

He thought the hard-fought victory proved that it doesn’t matter how strong their side is on paper but they have to win every game by playing well.

“We might be a strong side on paper but we have to win a game by playing well. The victory in the first match proved that we have to play well,” Ariful Haque said.

Khulna’s much-vaunted batting line up however showed a disappointing performance as they were chasing a moderate target after Barishal was held back to 152-9.

Ariful said their top order won’t fail in every match, so still they have still nothing to worry about.

“Today we couldn’t play well but our top order won’t fail in every match. Hopefully they will come back strongly in the next matches,” he said.


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