Ahmedabad Rockets v Dhaka Warriors, ICL, Panchkula November 2, 2008

Confident Dhaka seek to keep winning

Cricinfo staff

Match facts

Nov 3, 2008
Start time 7.30pm (1400 GMT)


Can Damien Martyn strike form against Dhaka? © ICL
 

The Big Picture

After 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 rank

Ahmedabad 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
Dhaka: WWLWL

Stats

  • Reetinder Singh Sodhi's strike-rate of 181.69 is the second highest among batsmen who have made more than 50 runs in the tournament

  • Medium-pacer Rakesh Patel has outperformed his international team-mates, Jason Gillespie and Streak. His economy rate of 5.45 is the second best in the tournament

    Players to watch

    Like 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."
    Ahmedabad Rockets coach John Emburey on the talent present in the squad.