The 15th game of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 will be played between Khulna Tigers and Sylhet Thunder at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhary Stadium in Chattogram.
The match starts at 01:00 PM IST (07:30 AM GMT) (01:30 PM Local). This game can be viewed on the Fan Code app in India
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The caravan of the Bangabandhu BPL rolls on and the 15th match will see Khulna Tigers square off against Sylhet Thunder. The Tigers won their previous game comfortably by eight wickets against the Rangpur Rangers. They chased down the 138-run target easily with 45 balls in hand thanks to Rilee Rossouw’s unbeaten 66.
They will now face Sylhet Thunder, who unlike them are having an abysmal tournament, to say the least. After having lost four on the bounce, the Thunder are desperate for a reversal. But they have an arduous task in front of them against a side, who is steadily moving towards the numero-uno spot in the points table.
Another perfect day for T20 cricket is expected in Chattogram. According to the weather report, the temperatures is expected to be 18-23 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to be around 68%.
Another belter of a track is expected in Chattogram on Saturday. Till now, teams chasing a target have been hugely successful, something both sides’ will be looking to do, provided they win the toss.
Average 1st inning score: 172 [In 5 T20s played at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 4, Lost- 1
Injury and Availability News:
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Probable Playing XIs:
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (C & WK), Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Robiul Haque
Bench- Najibullah Zadran, Saif Hassan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Aminul Islam, Tanvir Islam
Rony Talukdar, Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun (WK), Shafiqullah Shafiq, Mosaddek Hossain (C), Nayeem Hasan, Delwar Hossain, Krishmar Santokie, Nazmul Islam, Ebadot Hossain.
Bench – Mohammad Sami, Jeevan Mendis, Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Monir Hossain, Naveen-ul-Haq, Abdul Mazid, Sherfane Rutherford, Ruyel Miah.
Khulna Tigers- The Tigers’ top-4- Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rilee Rossouw and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim have been the cornerstone of their batting unit, and they’ll once again be the ones to watch out for against the Thunder. Shafiul Islam [3-21], Shahidul Islam [2-32] and Mohammad Amir [2-24], all of whom bowled really well against Rangpur, will once again spearhead the bowling unit.
Sylhet Thunder- Andre Fletcher, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Mithun will have to take the onus with the bat if they are to revive their fledgeling campaign. As far as bowling is concerned, Krishmar Santokie, who claimed three wickets in the last game, will lead the unit along with Ebadot Hossain.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Mushfiqur Rahim, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Andre Fletcher
Vice-Captain – Rilee Rossouw, Mosaddek Hossain, Shafiul Islam
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (C)
Batsmen – Roy Talukdar, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Rilee Rossouw (VC), Mosaddek Hossain
All-Rounders – Robert Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan
Bowlers – Krishmar Santokie, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Andre Fletcher (VC)
Batsmen – Rony Talukdar, Rilee Rossouw, Mosaddek Hossain
All-Rounders – Robert Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers – Krishmar Santokie, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Ebadot Hossain
Khulna Tigers’ top-order has been in brilliant form. Hence, opting for the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz or Mushfiqur Rahim or Rilee Rossouw as C or VC could be worth a punt.
Khulna Tigers are expected to win.
*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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