Match 3 of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 will be played between Dhaka Platoons and Rajshahi Royals at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (7:30 AM GMT) (1:00 PM IST). This match can be streamed live on Fancode in India.
After an enthralling start to BPL 2019-20, Match 3 pits Dhaka Platoon against a formidable Rajshahi Royals side on Thursday. This is the first game for both teams with either side baring a different look when compared to that in the previous edition. While Dhaka Platoon has a good mix of youth and experience, Rajshahi Royals is undoubtedly one of the favourites to win the whole tournament.
One of the major reasons to this is their newly appointed captain, Andre Russell. While Dhaka boasts of Tamim Iqbal and Shadab Khan, the mere presence of Andre Russell gives the Rajshahi Royals the edge prior to this game. Nevertheless, with the tournament only in its infancy, either side will fancy its chances as they look to set the tone of the rest of their campaign.
A sunny and clear day beckons with the temperature hovering around 27 degrees Celsius. While there isn’t any chance of rainfall, a cloud cover of 24% is expected, according to AccuWeather.
A decent batting track is on the cards with the conditions not expected to change much in the afternoon games. Spinners will get plenty of support with teams ideally looking to bat first and make most of the conditions upfront. 160 will be a very competitive total on this surface.
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:
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy (wk), Mominul Haque Showrabh, Laurie Evans, Raqibul Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Ariful Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Shadab Khan, Thisara Perera/Wahab Riaz
Bench: Hasan Mahmud, Jaker Ali, Luis Reece
Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Andre Russell (C), Ravi Bopara/Mohammad Nawaz, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mohammad Irfan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Bench: Shoaib Malik, Nahidul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Ravi Bopara/Mohammad Nawaz
Andre Russell is perhaps the most explosive T20 cricketer in the world right now. His exploits for Kolkata Knight Riders and Northern Warriors this year have been sensational. With a career strike-rate of 170, Andre Russell’s batting prowess is one to fear. Laurie Evans had a productive BPL last time around as the Sussex batsman scored 339 runs including a hundred for the Rajshahi Kings.
With experience on his side, Evans will eye a similar performance for his new side this season. He is likely to open the batting alongside Tamim Iqbal, who smashed a hundred in last year’s final. He is undoubtedly one of Bangladesh’s best with the bat and is sure to score some runs in this game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Laurie Evans
Vice-Captain – Tamim Iqbal, Hazratullah Zazai, Afif Hossain
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batsmen – Laurie Evans(VC), Hazratullah Zazai, Afif Hossain, Tamim Iqbal
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (C)
Bowlers – Shadab Khan, Farhad Reza, Abu Jayed
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das, Anamul Haque
Batsmen – Tamim Iqbal (VC), Afif Hossain, Laurie Evans
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (C), Ariful Haque
Bowlers – Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed
The participation of some overseas players such as Ravi Bopara and Shoaib Malik, who featured in the MSL, is still unsure for this match. It is advisable to wait for the final playing XIs before picking them.
With spin expected to play a major role in this game, batsmen who are adept at playing spin well are the order of the day. Laurie Evans and Afif Hossain are proven performers in the BPL and should be bankable options for this game.
Rajshahi Royals 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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