Within a year, Bangladesh Premier League hits the floors with its seventh edition. Compared to previous six editions of the tournament, this year’s edition is touted to be quite unique. All the sides taking part in the tournament have been rechristened as the BCB has done away with the franchises this time.
The BPL 2019-20’s journey continues with its third match as Dhaka Platoon lock horns with Rajshahi Royals at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Dhaka Platoon have emerged as one of the most successful franchises since the inception of BPL.
Dhaka Platoon have lifted the trophy thrice in six seasons and have ended up as runners-up twice. They are touted as favourites to clinch the trophy in this edition as well. The Mashrafe Mortaza-led side has several match-winners in its arsenal. Along with the skipper, Wahab Riaz, Thisara Perera and Shadab Khan will steer Platoon’s bowling force.
Skipper Andre Russell is expected to wonders for Rajshahi Royals in this edition of the IPL. The explosive all-rounder has decided to prioritise this shorter tournament over the Big Bash and he is joined by the likes of big-hitting opener Hazratullah Zazai. Veterans Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara will bolster Royal’s batting line-up.
In the previous five encounters between both the sides, Platoon have won on four occasions. Platoon certainly have the upper hand ahead of this much-awaited clash.
Pitch and Conditions
With no chances of rain, it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. The temperature is expected to deviate between 24 degrees Celcius throughout the day according to Accuweather. Moderate humidity levels are also expected during the course of play. The wicket is considered to favour the spinners. Hence, the team winning the toss will be looking forward to batting first and posting a competitive total on a spin-friendly wicket.
Regarded as one of the strongest teams of the BPL, Platoon have several match-winners in their squad. The trio of Tamim Iqbal, Laurie Evans and Mominul Haque will be aiming to guide their side to a flying start. The experience of Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera and Mashrafe Mortaza will be vital for the Platoon. They are expected to fill the void of Shakib Al Hasan. Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan will also strengthen Platoon’s bowling force with their lethal spells.
Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal, Laurie Evans, Mominul Haque, Asif Ali, Anamul Haque (wk), Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan
Along with skipper Andre Russell, Royals will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazaim, Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara. Andre Russell, who delivered decent performances in the recently-concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League, has the potential to turn the tables in his side’s favour. Mohammad Irfan will be leading the team’s bowling attack. He will be assisted by Abu Jayed and Mohammad Nawaz.
Predicted XI: Liton Das (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Alok Kapali, Andre Russell (c), Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Farhad Reza, Mohammad Nawaz, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Abu Jayed
Probable Top Performers
Tamim Iqbal – Dhaka Platoon | Andre Russell – Rajshahi Royals
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Match Timings – 13:00 IST, and 13:30 local time
The prediction is Dhaka Platoon to win the match.
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