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BPL-Eliminator

Dynamites upbeat ahead of eliminator clash against Vikings

By UNB, DHAKA
04th-Feb-2019       
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Reining Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) runners-up Dhaka Dynamites are upbeat ahead of their today's eliminator clash against Chittagong Vikings which begins at 1:30 pm at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Dynamites coach Khaled Mahmud Shujon said they are optimistic about beating the Vikings despite their poor show against the same team in the league stage.
The winners of today's eliminator will play in the qualifier-2 on Wednesday at the same venue and same time against the losers of the first qualifier where Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians will meet each other on Monday at 6:30 pm.
The losers of the eliminator will be eliminated from the meet.
However, Shujon admitted that they are the underdogs in the eliminator as they lost both of their league matches against the Vikings. "Since we lost our league matches against them, we're going to play this match with the underdog tag. But still we're confident to beat them. We should concentrate on our thinking in our own game rather than assuming about the rivals," he told reporters at the National Academy ground.
"Our top-order failed to click during the league matches against the Vikings. If you disappoint to get runs from the top-order, you can't expect a good outcome. Though we won a match against Sylhet Sixers in spite of losing three wickets during the power-play, you can't win all matches. So, the important thing is to keep wicket and score runs," Shujon further said.
Dynamites lost the last BPL final against Rangpur Riders after a tremendous century of Chris Gayle. The Riders were struggling at the start of the season, but they have found the momentum as they won all of their last six league matches in a trot.
The Dynamites coach thinks they also got the confidence back after winning the last league stage match against Khulna Titans. He believes it can make them powerful as they were at the start of the season.
"To be honest, the last win against the Titans was a relief for me, and probably it helped us get the momentum back. I can't say whether we can play the final on February 8, but we've got the confidence back which is the most important thing to play good cricket," he added.
On the other hand, Vikings are also all set to lock horns against Dynamites. Right-arm pacer of the Vikings Khaled Ahmed said two wins (against Dynamites) in the league stage made them confident ahead of Monday's knock-out clash.
"The Dynamites are a tough opponent, but it's not a problem for us. We defeated them twice in the league stage. So, we're confident about our game. If we can deliver our best, we can come out victorious," Khaled said on Sunday.
While the Dynamites have some distinctive big hitters like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard in their armoury, the Vikings are lacking it.

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