The 23rd game of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League will be played between Cumilla Warriors and Rajshahi Royals at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The match starts at 01:00 PM IST (7:30 am GMT) (1:30 PM Local). It can be streamed live on the Fan code in India.
Cumilla Warriors have won just two games in their six outings and they will soon have to make their way back on the winning track before they get ruled out from the contention of qualifying into the playoffs. They have a number of high-profile cricketers like Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dawid Malan and Sabbir Rahman, who will be having the responsibility to pile big runs so that their bowling unit can successfully defend against the in-form Royals.
Rajshahi Royals are currently ranked and they are in a good position to make their case strong for the playoffs with only three positions left after Chattogram Challengers already qualified for the next stage. They have enormous power in their batting and bowling that can outclass any team in the ongoing tournament. Moreover, they would look to continue to perform as per their calibre in the upcoming match.
There are no chances of rain and it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 11 and 24 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at Shere Bangla National Stadium is expected to go in favour of the spinners in the latter part of the match. However, in the first innings batsmen will get an opportunity to bolster some good score on this ground because defending total at this ground is quite difficult. Moreover, the side winning the toss will look to the field as far as trends are concerned of this tournament.
Average 1st innings score: 149 [In total games played at the venue this season of BPL 2019-20]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 6, Lost- 3
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be updated if there is any News)
Probable Playing XIs:
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Dawid Malan, Dasun Shanaka(c), Yasir Ali, Mahidul Islam Ankon(w), Abu Hider Rony, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Sunzamul Islam
Bench: Stiaan van Zyl, Sumon Khan, Fardeen Hasan, Ifran Hossain
Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell(C), Ravi Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mohammad Irfan, Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam
Bench: Taijul Islam, Mohammad Nawaz, Irfan Sukkur, Hazratullah Zazai, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Dawid Malan is in red hot form with the bat and is currently the leading scorer of the tournament. He has mustered 300 runs in six games with 156.25 and will be an important pick for any Dream11 Fantasy. Bhanuka Rajapaksa will also be an important player for every fantasy side. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has also impressed everyone with his bowling, who has grabbed eight wickets in his last six outings and can turn out to be an exciting pick.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Andre Russell, Liton Das, Dasun Shanaka
Vice-Captain – Dawid Malan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ravi Bopara
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sabbir Rahman, Dawid Malan (VC)
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell (C), Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mahidul Islam Ankon
Batsmen – Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Alok Kapali, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (VC), Sabbir Rahman, Shoaib Malik
All-Rounders –Soumya Sarkar, Dasun Shanaka (C)
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abu Jayed
Andre Russell is still due to play a swashbuckling knock with the bat as he is currently struggling with his poor form in the ongoing tournament. He is a match-winning player, who can single-handedly win the games for his side and he might click a good knock in the upcoming match. Looking forward to Russell’s inconsistency he could be a risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League side.
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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