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World cricket about to witness an epic battle


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Jannatul Naym Pieal

With the third season of the BRB Cables Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) getting more than half way to completion, Mirpur’s Home of Cricket as well as the entire cricket world are going to witness an epic battle between Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi – two of the biggest stars of the game, when Mahmudullah Riyad’s Barisal Bulls take on Mushfiqur Rahim’s Sylhet Superstars in the first match of the third phase of the prestigious franchise-based T20 tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The match is slated to begin at 2pm in the afternoon on Sunday, December 6.

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This is a do-or-die affair for Sylhet Superstars. Having only two points from 6 matches, they are currently at the bottom of the point table. Losing one more match will crash them out of the tournament. On the other hand, Barisal Bulls will be looking to confirm their play-offs berth by winning today’s match. If they can notch a victory today, they will also take Comilla Victorians with them in the next round.

Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara’s Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns with Shakib Al Hasan’s Rangpur Riders in the second match of the day, which is scheduled for 6.30 in the evening. If Sylhet lose in the first match and Rangpur can pick a victory in their own match, the latter will also seal their spot in the play-offs. On the other hand, Dhaka Dynamites must win today’s match to go a stride forward of Chittagong Vikings and Sylhet Superstars, who are almost eliminated from the tournament but still have mathematical chance to make to the next round.

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