Rajshahi Kings started the Bangladesh Premier League 2016 on a slow note, losing matches, but they have found their mojo, winning four of their last five matches. They have set their eyes on the playoff stage of BPL 2016, and they can even jump to the second spot with an impressive win over bottom-placed Barisal Bulls in Dhaka on Thursday.
The Kings are currently placed in the fourth position, but a huge win, which will better their net run rate, can strengthen their position in the BPL 2016 table. However, the Kings might have been disappointed with their last match against Comilla Victorians, which they lost due to their batsmen failing to come up with a good total.
They need to forget that result and play a brilliant game of cricket against the Bulls, which is possible after their quality win over top teams like Khulna Titans and Dhaka Dynamites recently. If one looks at Kings' recent wins, it has been a combined team effort, which has helped them emerge victorious. The same will be required against the Bulls.
With experienced batsmen like Umar Akmal, Sabbir Rahman and all-rounders such as Darren Sammy and Samit Patel, they have the goods to pick their sixth win of the competition. The Bulls, who have just three wins and six points, stand on their way.
The Riders are low on confidence, losing six matches on a trot. In such form, it is always going to be difficult against Kings, who have looked good of late after their poor start. But the Bulls can draw inspiration from their last match against the Kings, where they emerged victorious by four runs in a high-scoring game.
They may not have some world-class stars like that of some team, but they have failed as a unit also. Only skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has been good with the bat, but others have not been consistent, leading to their downfall. They will once again look for their captain to deliver, and help them script their first win in seven games. For that to happen, he will need players like Jeevan Mendis, Taijul Islam and others to deliver.
Where to watch live
Rajshahi Kings vs Barisal Bulls BPL match is scheduled for 5:45 pm local time (5.15 pm IST) start. TV and live streaming options can be found below for the matches.
India: TV: Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
Bangladesh: TV: Channel Nine BD.
Pakistan: TV: Geo Super