Match 2 of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 will be played between Cumilla Warriors and Rangpur Riders at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The match starts at 6:00 PM local time (12:00 PM GMT) (5:30 PM IST).
The second game of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 pits Cumilla Warriors against the Rangpur Rangers. With the revamped BPL in place, both sides have a decent squad in their midst with the likes of Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman set to feature in this game. The Cumilla franchise is the defending champions coming into this tournament although almost all of their stars have disbanded.
Nevertheless, they have a strong Bangladesh contingent including Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman. However, they will enter this game as the underdogs with Rangpur Rangers boasting of a well-rounded unit. All in all, both teams would be eyeing a win to kickstart their BPL 2019-20 campaign and set the tone for the rest of their campaign on Wednesday.
A sunny and clear day beckons with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees Celsius. While there isn’t any chance of rainfall, a cloud cover of 31% is expected, according to AccuWeather. There is a wind expected to blow in at 9 km/h while dew could also come into play.
A decent batting track is expected with evening games in the previous BPL featuring a few high-scoring encounters. With this being the second fixture of the day, the pitch could be a touch on the slower side with chasing being the preferred option for both sides. The ball is likely to come on the bat nicely under the lights.
Average first innings score: 149 (BPL 2018-19 Games played in Dhaka)
Record of Chasing Team: Won – 14, Lost – 13, Tie – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be updated)
Probable Playing XIs:
Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mahidul Islam Ankon (WK), Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanaka, Abu Hider Rony, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al Amin Hossain, Sunzamul Islam
Bench: Sumon Khan, Fardeen Hasan, Ifran Hossain
Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Mohammad Naim, Jahurul Islam, Tom Abell, Mohammad Nabi, Lewis Gregory, Fazle Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Junaid Khan
Bench: Nadif Chowdhury, Zakir Hasan, Sanjit Saha
Mohammad Naim was the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series against India. With 143 runs including an 81, Naim is in fine form heading into this year’s BPL. Soumya Sarkar was part of the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019 where he was critical to Bangladesh’s route to the final.
The southpaw scored 244 runs and also picked five wickets in five games, which holds him in good stead. Englishman, Dawid Malan is another top-order batsman who is in fine form this year. Having scored a hundred against New Zealand earlier in the year, Malan’s form is exquisite with the southpaw impressing in the Abu Dhabi T10 League as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Dawid Malan, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Naim
Vice-Captain – Soumya Sarkar, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Lewis Gregory
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Dawid Malan(C), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Naim Sheikh (VC)
All-Rounders – Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Soumya Sarkar
Bowlers – Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Dawid Malan (VC), Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Tom Abell
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi (C), Soumya Sarkar
Bowlers – Al Amin Hossain, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Junaid Khan
Top-order batsmen should do the bulk of the scoring in this game. Dawid Malan and Mohammad Naim (Naim Sheikh), who are in decent form of late, are worthwhile options for the Dream11 contest.
Death over specialists such as Mustafizur Rahman is also dependable options with his wicket-taking prowess being crucial for this game.
Rangpur Rangers are favourites for this encounter.
*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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