Bottom-placed Fortune Barisal are determined to keep their hopes of playing the playoffs alive as they take on Minister Rajshahi in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Four out of five teams will take part in the playoffs and a win against Rajshahi will help them as it will be their second win in six games and in that case, Rajshahi will be losing their fifth straight game after opening two wins.“Tomorrow’s match is very important for us. I think in this tournament one team with two or three wins will earn a place in the play-off,” said Barishal pace bowler Abu Jayed on Monday.
“I think tomorrow’s (Tuesday) match is like a final for us,” he said.
Jayed added that though his team is struggling due to the batting debacles, he insisted that their bowlers need to raise their game as well to make sure they go deep into the competition.
“It’s ok that we are not scoring runs but if our bowlers could bowl out their opponent for 80 to 120 runs then our batsmen could have played freely,” said Jayed.
“As a bowling unit, we are not doing exceptionally well as opponents are scoring 160 or 170 runs in the matches against us. If we could restrict our opponent inside 140 runs, it would have helped our bowlers,” he said.
Jayed added that they are learning how to use the slower balls as that is becoming very helpful for bowlers.“If you look at the tournament, you will see most of the wickets are coming from slower balls and variations and we are working on that because you will notice that no one is picking wickets on express deliveries,” he said.
Rajshahi will be desperate to make a comeback in the tournament and will be looking forward to their premier all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin to make a noteworthy comeback following his return to the playing eleven in their last game.
Bangladesh pace-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin hurt his left ankle on November 22 during a practice session and missed opening five games for Rajshahi as he was ruled out for at least two weeks.
Saifuddin was Rajshahi’s first choice in the player’s draft of this event. But due to this injury, he wasn’t able to play the first few matches for Rajshahi which was a big setback for them.
In the other match of the day, Gazi Group Chattogram will take on Gemcon Khulna, who will be bolstered with the presence of Mashrafe Mortaza.