The 26th game of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 will be played between Dhaka Platoon and Rajshahi Royals at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
The match starts at 06:00 PM IST (12:30 PM GMT) (06:30 PM Local). It can be streamed live on Fancode in India.
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The caravan of the 2019-20 Bangabandhu BPL rolls on and the 26th match will see Dhaka Platoon square-off against Rajshahi Royals in Dhaka. Dhaka Platoon comes into this game after having suffered their third defeat of the tournament at the hands of Chattogram Challengers thanks to a lacklustre batting effort that saw them stumble to an underwhelming 9-124 after 20 overs.
They’ll now face Rajshahi Royals, who come into this game as the second-ranked side in the points table with five victories in six games. Their latest win came against Cumilla Warriors after they successfully defended 4-190 despite Soumya Sarkar’s unbeaten 48-ball 88. The win was spearheaded by whirlwind knocks from Afif Hossain  and Shoaib Malik [61 off 38 balls] and ably backed by the bowling effort from Mohammad Irfan [1-24] and Shoaib Malik [1-19].
An overcast day awaits us in Dhaka on Monday. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to hover between 13 and 23 degrees Celsius while the humidity will be around the 72% mark.
The pitch at the Shere-e-Bangla stadium has provided a great balance between the bat and the bowl. Much of the same can be expected on Monday.
Average 1st inning score: 160 [In the last 4 games played at the venue]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 2, Lost- 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be shared when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Anamul Haque (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mahedi Hasan, Jaker Ali, Mominul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasan Mahmud
Bench: Asif Ali, Raqibul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Shahi
Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell(C), Ravi Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Alok Kapali, Irfan Sukkur, Mohammad Irfan, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam
Bench: Kamrul Islam, Mohammad Nawaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Dhaka Platoon: Tamim Iqbal [225 runs at 45], Mohammad Mithun [112 runs at 56], Mahedi Hasan [135 runs at 22.5] and Anamul Haque [147 runs at 21.0] have been the leading run-scorers for the Platoon thus far. As far as the bowling is concerned, Mahedi Hasan [6 wickets] and Wahab Riaz [5 wickets] will spearhead the unit while all-rounder Thisara Perera [118 runs, 5 wickets] could be the X-factor.
Rajshahi Royals– The quartet of Shoaib Malik [217 runs at 54.25], Liton Das [211 runs at 42.2], Afif Hossain [190 runs at 38] and Ravi Bopara [104 runs at 104] have been the cornerstone of the Royals’ batting unit. Andre Russell [98 runs, 10 wickets] could turn out to be the X-factor while Mohammad Irfan [3 wickets] will spearhead the bowling.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain- Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Liton Das, Mohammad Nabi
Vice-Captain –Afif Hossain, Thisara Perera, Tamim Iqbal
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Alok Kapali, Afif Hossain (VC), Shoaib Malik, Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell (C)
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Mahedi Hasan, Wahab Riaz
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Mominul Haque
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell (C), Thisara Perera (VC)
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Mahedi Hasan, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz
Both sides have got great all-rounders like Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Afif Hossain, Thisara Perera. Hence, opting for them as captain/vice-captain will be a great punt.
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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