In the Bangabandhu T20 Cup league stage, Gazi Group Chattogram had a dream run winning seven out of their eight matches. But they somehow endured a 47-run loss in Qualifier 1, at the hands of Gemcon Khulna, who they both defeated in the league stage.
Chattogram made adjustments in Qualifier 2 against Beximco Dhaka. Mushfiqur Rahim and Co were bowled out for a mere 116 and chased down the target in 19.1 overs. Chattogram will be aware of what Khulna did to them last time around by heading into the final.
To begin their campaign, Khulna was a little rusty, but they kept climbing the ladder once they started winning. Khulna will be brimming with confidence after their last thumping victory over Chattogram.
The playing conditions for the match on Friday will be pretty much on the friendly side. The temperature would be approximately 23 degrees Celsius. With the numbers in the 40s, the humidity would be suitable.
For the bowlers, the track at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was a balanced one. In this crucial game, both pacers and spinners can prove dangerous. Meanwhile, before they can go for the big hits, the batsmen will need to spend some time at the crease.
There have been several close encounters at this location, and the same might also happen this time around. At this venue, the first innings score is 158 runs in par.
Mahmudullah (c), Zakir Hasan (wk), Jahurul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Ariful Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasan Mahmud, Shamim Hossain
Gazi Group Chattogram
Mohammad Mithun (c), Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Nahidul Islam, Rakibul Hasan, Shykat Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nadif Chowdhury
Gemcon Khulna vs Gazi Group Chattogram Dream 11:
Jahurul Islam (c), Zakir Hasan (wk), Liton Das (wk), Shamim Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Nahidul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan
In the group stage, Gazi Group Chattogram defeated Gemcon Khulna twice. They might have screwed the pooch in the most recent meeting, but they can still seal a great tournament with a decent title with Mustafizur Rahman in fine bowling form.