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November 2, 2008
Match factsNov 3, 2008
The Big PictureAfter two convincing wins, the Dhaka Warriors start favourites against the struggling Ahmedabad Rockets. With their batting clicking as a unit, Dhaka's main cause for concern will be the abysmal performances of the fast bowlers. Mohammad Sharif, Tapash Baisya and Farhad Reza have neither been threatening nor have they managed to keep the runs in check.
Ahmedabad's main trouble is that two of their stars, Damien Martyn and Heath Streak, have had a forgettable tournament so far. Streak has conceded 8.84 runs an over while Martyn has found it hard to score quickly. He has a strike-rate of less than 100, inexcusable in Twenty20s.
Where they rankAhmedabad are in seventh place and their chances of making the semi-finals are virtually non-existent. They have to win both their remaining games and need several other match results to go in their favour for them to grab a final-four spot.
The Lahore Badshahs' victory on Sunday has pushed Dhaka down to the fifth spot. With four teams on six points, the tussle for the semi-final places is getting more intense and Dhaka need a win to keep up.
Form guide (most recent first)Ahmedabad: LWLWL
Players to watchLike Dhaka, Shahriar Nafees has shrugged off a slow start to the tournament. His two half-centuries were the cornerstones of Dhaka's recent victories which has resuscitated their campaign
The move to push Murray Goodwin up the order has worked and he has run into form, making half-centuries in both his previous matches
Quotes"Though cricket is a team game, it is dependent on outstanding individual performances. We have players that have the ability to be match-winners. With encouragement, confidence and belief they can become match-winners."
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