POST TIME: 18 December, 2019 11:22:42 AM
Bangabandhu BPL: Rangpur eye first win against Cumilla today
Dhaka to miss Tamim, Wahab in key match

Bangabandhu BPL: Rangpur eye first win against Cumilla today

Rangpur Rangers will be eyeing to triumph their first victory when they will face off Cumilla Victorians on the second day’s first match of the Chattogram leg in the ongoing Akash-DTH Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

The Rangers, who played two matches in the first-leg in Dhaka but remained rock-bottom on points-table not to win any match yet, picked two local players-Moinul Islam Mukdho and Al Amin Junior to complete their local players’ quota.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jakir Hasan, who sustained injury on his small finger, has no chance to play this match against the Warriors. In that case, newly-included all-rounder Al Amin Jr might be seen in this encounter. Along with that, Cameron Delport will join Rangpur ranks in the Chattogram-leg. He is expected to arrive here in Bangladesh on Wednesday. He might be seen in their next match against Khulna on December 20.

Rangers head coach Mark O’Donnell said they fell 20-25 runs short of their target that played a catalyst role behind their losses in the last two matches.

“In the last game, I thought we were 25 runs short. You make those 25 runs that we should have got in the last 4 or 5 overs. They’ve approached that chase differently. That 20 -25 runs cost you and you can afford to coast that chase and take it easy,” said Mark O’Donnell.

“If you have to push and chase 170 or 180 total that you have to go from the start. It all about small thing, we have spoken about it and it continues to do things that we do well for a longer period in the game,” O’Donnell told reporters few minutes before their intense practice session at the M A Aziz Stadium in the port city yesterday.

The head coach also said they lost wickets in powerplay that put pressure on the middle and lower-order, who failed to score require runs to make a decent total on the board.

“We’ve been competitive in two but have not got the segments right. The first one is the last three overs we got disappeared and we lost wicket in the powerplay. The last one we got the powerplay right but we lost way in the last 4 or 5 overs. So looking for these small improvement,” he said.

“I think the more we play we should get better and it's all about putting in all together in  T- 20 format that is very important. You need the top four to face 80 plus balls and early wicket create pressure .we just have to do that little bit better,” he added.

Maybe for this, they are trying to bring a player, who will be handy for them in the lower down the order, could be filled up what their lacking at the end of the innings. It’s learnt from the Rangers team manager Saidul Islam Effee said they have inked a deal with a player, who might be joined the team in the aftermath of the Christmas. But he was tight lipped to disclose the player’s name.

In day’s second match, Chattogram Challengers will take on star-studded Dhaka Platoon at the same ground to be held at 6:30pm. The Platoon will miss Tamim Iqbal, who was confined to bed with viral fever along with Wahab Riaz, who left Dhaka for Pakistan.

Even though they don’t get any player alternative to Tamim, they picked pacer Mohammad Shohid in place of their Pakistan pacer.

Platoon head coach Mohammad Salahuddin said they will miss a lot their opener in the crucial phase of the tournament.

“It has been toughened a bit for us due to the schedule of the tournament because it’s really tough to play three matches on the trot. It’s a huge pressure for any team to play three successive matches in T20,” Mohammad Salahuddin said.

“And it’s obviously a big loss for any team having no player the likes of Tamim Iqbal. He returned to form of runs after a long-hiatus. So, we’ll, of course, miss him a lot,” Salahuddin told media.