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Bangabondhu T20 Cup

Rajshahi losing their sleep over dew





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||CF Correspondent||

Unbeaten Minister Rajshahi will be eyeing to keep their winning momentum in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup as they take on Fortune Barishal at the Sher-e-Bangla National on Saturday.

In the opening game, Gazi Group Chattogram will take on Gemcon Khulna with the latter desperately looking to find their rhythm in the tournament.

Rajshahi is flying high considering they have beaten two title contenders Beximco Dhaka and Gemcon Khulna despite not having the service of their key all-rounder Saifuddin, who was picked ahead of Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman.

Though Rajshahi won the opening two games they are not taking anything for granted and more so it will be their first match under lights.

‘’Our next match will be different considering it will be played under lights. We are focused on executing our next plan of action. We have to improve continuously because there are still lot of places for improvement,’’ Rajshahi left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny was quoted on Friday.

‘’It will be played at night so naturally dew will be a factor and we are planning accordingly. Because we have won the opening game we will be focused to earn a similar feat in the upcoming game,’’ he said.

While Rajshahi will be determined to continue their domination their counterpart Barishal will be eyeing to get their name in points table.

Barishal lost the opening game as Khulna’s Ariful Haque snatched a four-wicket victory as he unbelievably hit four sixes to sail the side home in the last over requiring 22 runs to win.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz was at the receiving end as Ariful produced a master class, driving the side to the victory with one ball to spare.

However, Barishal’s head coach Sohel Islam feels they are confident to do well in the upcoming matches adding that he had full confidence in Mehedy to turn the table for them in future.

‘’I think Mehedy is an experienced campaigner so I don’t think he will be shattered (mentally) as he handled similar situation earlier in his career,’’ said Sohel.

‘We have full confidence that he will do better in coming days,’’ he said adding that keeping the game down the wire against star-studded Khulna only helped them grow confidence that they are capable of beating any side on their day.

‘We are confident that if we are capable to execute our plan and play to our potential we can beat any side,’’ he said.