The 14th game of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 will be played between Chattogram Challengers and Cumilla Warriors at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (12:30 PM GMT) (6:00 PM IST)
The game can be viewed on the Fan Code app in India.
After registering a flying start in the BPL 2019-20, Chattogram Challengers will be eager to continue their winning momentum. Challengers have won three of their first four matches and are currently sitting at the top of the points table. In their previous match against Sylhet Thunder, Challengers registered a comprehensive four-wicket win as they chased down the target of 130 runs with 12 balls remaining.
Cumilla Warriors have won two of their first three matches of this season. In their previous match against Rangpur Rangers, Warriors chased down a competitive total of 181 courtesy the trio of Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Dawid Malan. All three batsmen touched the 40-run mark to propel Warriors to the target. Currently sitting fourth in the points table, Warriors will be eager to notch up further in the table by defeating Chattogram Challengers.
The venue in Chattogram is expected to be under clear skiers. There is a very low possibility of rain to intervene in the match.
Most teams have preferred chasing on this track. In the previous nine matches, the chasing side has registered a victory on six occasions. However, Chattogram wicket has also witnessed many high-scoring thrillers. A 180+ score is on the cards if the team batting first gets off to a good start.
Average first innings score: 165 (Night T20 matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs
Lendl Simmons, Avishka Fernando, Imrul Kayes, Chadwick Walton, Mahmudullah (C), Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan (WK), Muktar Ali, Rubel Hossain, Kesrick Williams, Mehedi Hasan Rana.
Bench – Enamul Haque jnr, Ryan Burl, Rayad Emrit, Junaid Siddique, Nasum Ahmed, Jubair Hossain, Imad Wasim, Pinak Ghosh, Muhammad Musa.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Yasir Ali, Soumya Sarkar, Dawid Malan, Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanaka (c), Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Hider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Bench – Sumon Khan, Ifran Hossain, Stiaan van Zyl, Fardeen Hasan
All eyes will be on Lendl Simmons, who was their best performer in the match against Sylhet Thunder. Simmons scored 44 runs off 37 balls to steer Challengers to the victory. He was assisted by Nurul Hasan’s unbeaten knock of 37 runs. The duo of Chadwick Walton and Imrul Kayes also has performer well for Challengers so far in the league.
Warriors have many impressive batsmen in their arsenal. Rajapaksa, Sarkar and Rahman will aim to provide their side with a flying start. Dawid Malan also delivered a match-winning performance in his last match. As far as bowling is concerned, the likes of Al-Amin Hossain, Abu Hider Rony and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will steer their bowling force.
Captain and vice-captaincy options:
Captain – Lendl Simmons, Imrul Kayes, Dawid Malan
Vice-captain – Soumya Sarkar, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mahmudullah
Suggested playing XI for head to head/Small leagues:
Keeper – Chadwick Walton
Batsmen – Lendl Simmons (C), Imrul Kayes, Avishka Fernando, Dawid Malan
All-rounders –Dasun Shanaka, Soumya Sarkar (VC)
Bowlers – Kesrick Williams, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Mehedi Hasan-Rana
Suggested playing XI for Grand leagues/Mega leagues:
Keeper – Nurul-Hasan
Batsmen – Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (VC), Sabbir-Rahman, Dawid Malan(C)
All-Rounders – Dasun Shanaka, Soumya Sarkar
Bowlers – Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Mehedi Hasan-Rana
Batsmen of both sides have been in splendid form. However, Chattogram will have an upper hand considering the recent form. Picking up all-rounders like Shanaka and Sarkar will be perfectly suited.
Chattogram Challengers are expected to win the match.
*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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