The final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 will be played between Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
The match starts at 06:30 PM local time (12:30 PM GMT) (6:00 PM IST). This game can be viewed on the Fan Code app in India.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
So, here we are! After six weeks of pulsating, accelerating, sometimes gobsmacking and 0n occasions controversial state of affairs, we are finally down to the grand finale of the Bangabandhu BPL where Khulna Tigers and Rajashahi Royals will battle it out for the rights to be called the champions of the 2019-20 edition.
Khulna Tigers booked their place into the summit clash after registering a 27-run win over Rajshahi Royals- the same opponent that they’ll face on Friday. The win was set-up by a whirlwind knock of 78 by Nazmul Hossain Shanto, one that helped them to post a total of 3-158.
But the final nail in the coffin was nailed by Mohammad Amir’s 6-17, one that proceeded to run through the Royals, even as Shoaib Malik  waged a lone battle at the other hand.
The Royals’ struggles with the bat continued in the second qualifier. Barring Irfan Sukkur , none of the top-order batsmen could post any substantial score during their run-chase of 165 and it took an insane inning from Andre Russell, who racked up a whirlwind 22-ball 54 to take them past the finishing line.
It is expected to be a bright and sunny day in Dhaka on Thursday. According to the weather report, Dhaka is set to have bright spells of sunshine throughout the day. While the temperature is set to be between 16 and 26 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to hover around 69%. There is no chance of rain.
The pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium has provided a perfect balance between bat and ball. But in the last few games, chasing has become difficult due to the slowness of the pitch and both the sides will be looking to defend on the night of the final.
Average first innings score:– 166 [In the last five games at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability:
(Will be shared if there’s any update)
Probable Playing XIs-
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rilee Rossouw, Shamsur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (C & WK), Najibullah Zadran, Robbie Frylinck, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Aminul Islam Biplob
Bench – Hashim Amla, Aamer Yamin, Alauddin Babu, Tanvir Islam, Saif Hassan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Robiul Haque
Liton Das, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Irfan Sukkur (wk), Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell (C), Mohammad Nawaz, Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mohammad Irfan
Bench: Taijul Islam, Ravi Bopara, Hazratullah Zazai, Nahidul Islam, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Khulna Tigers- 115 and 78- These have been Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s scores in the last two games. How he and Tigers will hope he does an encore on the grand finale. Apart from Shanto, Rilee Rossow and Mushfiqur Rahim will be the key.
Mohammad Amir ran through the Royals during his spell of 6-17. He will once again spearhead the bowling unit while Robbie Frylinck and Mehidy Hasan could prove to be the X-factors.
Rajshahi Royals- The reason behind the batting struggles of Rajshahi Royals in the past two games has been the misfiring opening unit of Liton Das and Afif Hossain, and they’ll hope that the duo can step-up on the big day. Shoaib Malik and Andre Russell will be the absolute key to their fortunes with both bat and ball.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Mohammad Amir
Vice-Captain – Mushfiqur Rahim, Rilee Rossow, Liton Das,
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Irfan Sukkur
Batters – Nazmul Hossain Shanto (VC), Rilee Rossouw, Shoaib Malik (C), Afif Hossain
All-Rounders- Andre Russell, Robbie Frylinck
Bowlers – Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Farhad Reza, Mohammad Irfan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (C)
Batters – Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Najibullah Zadran, Rilee Rossouw, Shoaib Malik
All-Rounders- Mehedy Hasan Miraz (VC), Robbie Frylinck
Bowlers – Shafiul Islam, K Islam Rabbi, Farhad Reza, Mohammad Irfan
Shoaib Malik and Andre Russell have proven their worth with bat and ball throughout the tournament. On the other hand, Nazmul Shanto and Mohammad Amir have been brilliant for Khulna Tigers. So can pick them as C or VC in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
Khulna Tigers are expected to be crowned the champions.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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