Malan eyes win against Platoon

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The left-handed batsman said his side are looking to maintain their winning run against heavyweight Dhaka, who lost their opening match against Rajshahi

Cumilla Warriors’ English batsman Dawid Malan has thrown down the gauntlet to their next Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 opponent, Dhaka Platoon.

The left-handed batsman said his side are looking to maintain their winning run Friday against heavyweight Dhaka, who lost their opening match against Rajshahi Royals at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur Thursday.

Despite boasting big name cricketers, both locals and overseas, the Platoon conceded a nine-wicket loss against the Royals, while Cumilla made a flying start, beating Rangpur Rangers by 105 runs at the same venue Wednesday.

“We are up against Dhaka team next. Looking at the paper, they are a very good team and a very good bowling attack. So we have to improve the way we batted and our captain [Dasun Shanaka] played exceptionally well in the first game. He got us to 174. Rest of us has to play little better against this Dhaka team. But it is a good sign we didn’t play as well as we could but still we won the first game,” said Malan to the media at SBNCS Thursday.

Shanaka inspired with the bat, while the bowlers did the rest to restrict the opponent for a below-par score to help Cumilla Warriors off to a winning start in the Bangabandhu @BCBtigers Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 in Mirpur, Dhaka Wednesday.https://t.co/gI2I4k2JAi#BPL

After a blazing 31-ball 75 from captain Shanaka against Rangpur, Malan pressed on the importance of the unit performing as a whole as the Sri Lankan won’t come to the fore everytime.

An experienced campaigner in Bangladesh and franchise leagues around the globe, Malan believes the wickets will not be easy for the batsmen as the BBPL progresses. 

“First couple of times I played it was really hot. The wicket was lot harder. So it didn’t grip as much and was not much skiddy. As the tournament goes on, I think it always gets harder and last year it became little bit skiddy and harder. And that will be the challenge,” said Malan.