Dhaka's luck still in their own hands


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Having lost three consecutive matches, Dhaka Dynamites might find themselves in a spot of bother in their progress to the top four. With the Sylhet Superstars winning by a huge margin yesterday, and even Chittagong Vikings staying in contention, Dhaka seems to be threatened by some serious competition during the business end of the group stages. It is a stage in tournaments where the net run rate comes into play.

Dhaka are currently sitting at fourth position in the points table, with 6 points from 7 matches and a net run rate of -0.275.

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If Dhaka can win all three of their remaining matches against Sylhet, Chittagong and Barisal, then they will progress to at least the Eliminator (explained below) despite the results in other matches. As a result, Kumar Sangakkara’s men can still qualify by themselves without depending on others.

Dhaka will also qualify if they win two matches out of three, provided that one of their victories are against fifth-placed Sylhet. If Dhaka lose against Sylhet and win the remaining two, and Sylhet wins all their 3 remaining games, then both teams will tie on 10 points. Net run rate will come into play, and as Sylhet already has a positive net run rate (+0.001), it might be difficult for Dhaka to have a higher net run rate than Sylhet.

If Dhaka wins just one match, or lose all remaining games, their chance of progressing might be severely limited, and they will have to depend on other teams performances to go through. It is the type of situation where Chittagong Vikings’ qualification might also come in the calculation.

To avoid any complicacies, Dhaka Dynamites would do well to win against Sylhet Royals on Wednesday, and at least one more match against either Barisal Bulls or Chittagong Vikings.

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