The first edition of the Bangabandhu T20 organized by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has gradually progressed to reach up to its culmination in the final match of the tournament to be played between Gemcon Khulna and Gazi Group Chattogram.
The stakes of the tournament have especially been high ever since the BCB had announced that the performance of the players in the tournament would be taken into account while selecting the players for the upcoming T20 International matches against the West Indies.
Though the plans for the T20 Internationals were dropped by both the boards later. There has been a lingering feeling that the performance of the players in the tournament. This will be a deciding factor for the board when deciding upon players in the near future. Therefore that all the players of both teams would want to go into the match putting their best foot forward.
Gemcon Khulna’s Chances
Gemcon Khulna led by very experienced Mahmudullah, a veteran of the national cricket side. A seasoned all-rounder himself, the captain will be ably supported by seasoned players like Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, and Rishad Hossain.
The team, while having a relatively unimpressive record in the group stages, winning 4 out of 8 matches, has bounced back incredibly in the qualifier rounds. With a bowling line up boasting of names like Mashrafe Mortaza, the team would be looking to clinch the final. What has been especially impressive is the fact that while they have struggled with having a consistent strategy throughout the tournament, their qualifier matches have proved otherwise.
If they can employ the strategy that they used in the Bangabandhu T20 qualifiers. Then the match bound to go in their favour. Given their approach, they would be looking to win the toss and start off by batting. Given that their batting has been incredible in the recent games. This could easily see them posting a big score for the opposition to chase down.
Gazi Group Chattogram
If Khulna has been the dark horse of the Bangabandhu T20 tournament, Chattogram has been the absolute favourite. Led by Mohammad Mithun, the team has been performing incredibly throughout the tournament, winning a whopping 7 out of their 8 matches. What’s interesting, however, is that in the qualifying match between Chattogram and Gemcon Khulna, the former was comprehensively beaten.
They would therefore go into this match, learning from their mistakes in the past and hoping to move from strength. The team includes the likes of Liton Das, who has been simply brilliant throughout the tournament. He score 306 runs at a brisk average of 61.2, the experienced Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat. The wide variety of bowling options that the team has would come in handy while tackling the star-studded Khulna batting line-up.
If Chattogram wants to win the Bangabandhu T20 tournament. They will be looking to their experienced batting line-up. Hence, ensuring that the bowling department does not fall short of their expectations.
Who Is Going To Win Bangabandhu T20 Cup?
Given the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. It is very difficult to outright declare which team can win the match outright. While Chattogram had decidedly beaten Khulna in both their group stage encounters. Khulna had bounced back by winning the qualifier against them.
From the psychological point of view, Khulna would be carrying forward the momentum of their most recent win over Chattogram into the match. Another factor that could tip the match in Khulna’s favour could be the inclusion of Mortaza. The ace bowler has already made his presence felt by taking five wickets in the qualifier matches. Given the holistic support that both the teams have, this match could go either way. However, whichever way the match goes, it is sure to be a thriller. The fans are in for a treat.