The 28th game of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 will be played between Rajshahi Royals and Rangpur Rangers 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 Fan code in India.
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The Rajshahi Royals have been on a roll thus far. After having won five of their first six fixtures, the Royals have solidified their position in the points table and they’ll be looking to leapfrog table-toppers Chattogram Challengers when they square off against the bottom-ranked Rangpur Rangers on Tuesday.
They come into this game on the back of a 15-run win over Cumilla Warriors after they successfully defended their total of 4-190 thanks to incisive spells from Mohammad Irfan [1-24] and Shoaib Malik [1-19].
Rangpur Rangers, on the other hand, are having a forgettable campaign thus far. After having lost five of their first six games, they are in desperate need of a revival and will hope to start with the rebuilding work when they take on the ever-so formidable Rajshahi Royals on Tuesday.
A sunny day awaits us in Dhaka on Tuesday. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to be between 14 and 24 degrees Celsius while the humidity will be around the 69% mark.
The past three games at the venue have seen scores of 182, 130, 190, 175,157 and 158. It has proved to be a good track for the batsmen but it has also boasted of something to keep the bowlers interested.
Average 1st inning score: 176 [In the last 3 games played at the venue]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1, Lost- 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be shared when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
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
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi (C), Lewis Gregory, Fazle Mahmud, Jahurul Islam [wk], Mustafizur Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mukidul Islam
Bench- Sanjit Saha, Shadman Islam, Tom Abell, Zakir Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Nadif Choudhary
Rajshahi Royals– Shoaib Malik [217 runs at 54.25], Liton Das [211 runs at 42.2], Ravi Bopara [104 runs at 104] and Afif Hossain [190 runs at 38] will lead the batting unit while Andre Russell [98 runs, 10 wickets] could turn out to be the X-factor. As far as bowling is concerned, Mohammad Irfan [3 wickets] and Farhad Reza will spearhead the unit.
Rangpur Rangers– The likes of Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim will lead the batting while all-rounder’s Lewis Gregory and Mohammad Nabi could turn out to be the X-factors.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain- Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Cameron Delport
Vice-Captain –Shane Watson, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Nabi
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Cameron Delport, Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik (C), Fazle Mahmud
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Andre Russell (VC)
Bowlers – Taijul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Farhad Reza, Mukidul Islam
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jaharul Islam
Batsmen – Alok Kapali, Cameron Delport (C), Naim Sheikh, Shane Watson
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara (VC), Andre Russell
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Irfan, Arafat Sunny
Both sides have got world-class all-rounders like Shoaib Malik, Lewis Gregory, Andre Russell or Mohammad Nabi who can contribute with both bat and ball with aplomb.
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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