FBA vs KNT Match Preview
Fortune Barishal will be once again banking on Anamul Haque to give them a good start. He is likely to be joined by Fazle Mahmud at the top of the order. Barishal has a strong middle order, thanks to the presence of Mahmudullah and Iftikhar Ahmed, as well as all-rounders including Shakib Al-Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Karim Janat. Shakib has once again proved to be Barishal’s biggest asset, scoring 353 runs and picking up 8 wickets.
Tamim Iqbal has by far been the best performer with the bat for the Tigers this season, scoring 302 runs at an average of 33.55. Azam Khan and Shai Hope have provided him with good support at the top of the order. However, the middle-order batsmen, including Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Yasir Ali, and Andrew Balbirnie have struggled to score consistently.
The team is sorely missing the services of Wahab Riaz, who has been their leading wicket-taker for the season. In his absence, Mohammad Saifuddin and Paul van Meekeren will shoulder the new ball duties. Nahidul Islam has bowled well to scalp 11 wickets but has received little support.
The weather is expected to be clear with temperatures ranging from 22-25 degrees Celsius.
The Sher E Bangla Stadium has hosted quite a few matches during the last week and the surface has become a bit uneven, making it difficult to score for the batsmen. Anything over 150 can be pretty difficult to chase here. Since the match will be played under lights, dew will make it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball during the second innings.
Iftikhar Ahmed’s Explosive Batting
Iftikhar Ahmed is in excellent form this season and has 351 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.39.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either squad.
FBA vs KNT Probable 11
FBA Playing 11
- Anamul Haque (Wk)
- Fazle Mahmud
- Chaturanga de Silva
- Shakib Al Hasan (C)
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Karim Janat
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz
- Mohammad Wasim Jr.
- Khaled Ahmed
- Ebadot Hossain
KNT Playing 11
- Shai Hope (C)
- Andrew Balbirnie
- Mahmudul Hasan Joy
- Yasir Ali
- Munim Shahriar
- Sabbir Rahman
- Paul van Meekeren
- Nahidul Islam
- Mohammad Saifuddin
- Hasan Murad
- Nasum Ahmed
We are backing Fortune Barishal to win this one. They have a lot of depth in their batting and can easily take on the under-par bowling attack of the Khulna Tigers. The Barishal team also has some excellent all-rounders who can easily turn the match in their favor.
Shakib Al Hasan: Hasan has been in clinical form this season with the bat as well as the ball. He has scored 353 runs and has also picked up 8 wickets so far.
Karim Janat: Karim Janat has picked up 10 wickets this season and is the leading wicket-taker for his team. He can also score some quick runs toward the end of an inning.
Nahidul Islam: Nahidul Islam has picked up 11 wickets this season. He can spin the ball quite a bit and is likely to be quite effective on the slow pitch at Mirpur.
FBA vs KNT Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: A Haque, S Hope
Batters: Mahmudullah, I Ahmed, M Hasan Joy
All-rounders: S Al Hasan (C), N Islam
Bowlers: K Janat (VC), M Wasim, P Van Meekeren, N Ahmed