The 20th game of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League will be played between Cumilla Warriors and Rajshahi Royals Zahur Ahmed Chowdhary Stadium in Chattogram.
The match starts at 06:00 PM IST (12:30 am GMT) (6:30 PM Local). It can be streamed live on Fancode in India.
Cumilla Warriors losing streak just got longer courtesy a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Dhaka Platoon on Monday and their campaign is increasingly threatening to lose its steam after what was a pretty good start to the tournament- two wins in the first three games. The Warriors had no answers to the all-round brilliance of Mahedi Hasan. The off-spinner played a crucial role [4-0-9-2] with the ball in restricting the Warriors to 5-160 in 20 overs despite an unbeaten whirlwind knock of 65-ball 94 by Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
But, Hasan wasn’t done yet. Coming into bat after his side had lost the crucial wicket of Anamul Haque for a second-ball duck, Hasan scored a whirlwind 29-ball 59- an innings which included just two fours but seven Brobdingnagian sixes, to spearhead what eventually turned out to be a successful run-chase for Dhaka Platoon.
The Warriors will now face Rajshahi Royals, who too have had a bit of a dip in form after starting the campaign with two back-to-back wins. Their winning streak was broken by Khulna Tigers and in particular, by Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored a 51-ball 96 to help his side overhaul the target of 190.
Another perfect day for T20 cricket is expected in Chattogram on Tuesday. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to be 17-24 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to be around 60%.
With the dew playing its role in the second half, chasing has been significantly easier for the sides thus, as evident from the stats of the last five games, where four of them have been won by teams’ batting second.
Average 1st inning score: 170 [In the last five games played at the venue]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 4, Lost- 1
Injury and Availability News:
To be updated
Probable Playing XIs:
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Dawid Malan, Dasun Shanaka(c), Yasir Ali, Mahidul Islam Ankon(w), Robiul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Sumon Khan
Bench: Stiaan van Zyl, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Fardeen Hasan, Ifran Hossain
Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell(C), Ravi Bopara, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed Rahi, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam
Bench: Irfan Sukkur, Nahidul Islam, Minhajul Abedi Afridi
Cumilla Warriors- Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored a whirlwind 65-ball 96 in the last game but he got little support from his fellow batsmen like Soumya Sarkar , Sabbir Rahman  and Dawid Malan, and he’ll hope that the same does not happen against Rajshahi Royals. Dasun Shanaka could be the X-factor with his multi-faceted talent.
With the ball, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman [2-22] and Al-Amin Hossain [1-29] were pretty impressive in the last game. They’ll spearhead the bowling unit.
Rajshahi Royals– Rajashahi Royals boast of three of the best all-rounders to have ever played the T20 format of the game, in the form of Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Ravi Bopara, and they showed that in the last game when Malik scored a whirlwind 50-ball 87 and Bopara chipped in with an unbeaten 40.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Dasun Shanaka
Vice-Captain – Andre Russell, Soumya Sarkar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik, Bhauka Rajapaksa [C]
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara [VC], Andre Russell, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik [C], Bhauka Rajapaksa, Dawid Malan
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara, Soumya Sarkar [VC], Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers – Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman
If you are aiming to make three-dimensional cricketers as the captain/vice-captain of your fantasy XI, there are no better players than Andre Russell, Dhanuska Shanka, Soumya Sarkar and Ravi Bopara. If you’re looking for specialists, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman, Liton Das and Bhanuka Rajapaksa ain’t bad choices either.
Rajshahi Royals 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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