The 34th game of the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League will be played between Sylhet Thunder and Rajshahi Royals at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.
The match starts at 06:30 PM local time (12:30 PM GMT) (06:00 PM IST). This game can be viewed on the Fan Code app in India.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
As we gradually move towards the business end of the Bangabandhu BPL, the 34th game will see Sylhet Thunder lock horns with Rajshahi Royals. Sylhet Thunder’s abysmal campaign reached its nadir in the last game when they failed to chase down a paltry total of 141, set by Cumilla Warriors. The game was tied and if that was not enough, they proceeded to lose the Super Over when they failed to defend the target of eight runs.
They’ll now face table-toppers Rajshahi Royals, who come into this game on the back of a 30-run-win over Rangpur Rangers after they successfully defended 180 thanks to an all-round bowling effort led by Mohammad Nawaz [2-21], Shoaib Malik [2-27] and Kamrul Islam [2-32].
As dark clouds continue to hover over Sylhet, Saturday is expected to be another rain-marred day in the BPL. According to the weather report, regular showers are bracing themselves to disrupt the game. While the temperature is expected to fluctuate between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius while the humidity is expected to be around 85%. Chances of rain- 40%.
This will be the second game at the venue on Saturday and with so much rain around, the pitch could get sluggish in the second half and chasing could turn out to be a difficult proposition. Both sides will look to bat first and defend the target later.
Average first innings score:– 156 [In the two completed games at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1, Tied- 1
Injury and Availability:
Imrul Kayes missed out on the last game due to a hamstring strain. There is still no confirmation around his participation in Saturday’s game.
Probable Playing XIs:
Andre Fletcher (c), Rony Talukdar, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Sohag Gazi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Nayeem Hasan, Krishmar Santokie, Monir Hossain, Ebadot Hossain
Bench – Jeevan Mendis, Mosaddek Hossain, Abdul Mazid, Ruyel Miah, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Mia, Delwar Hossain, Shafiquullah Shafiq
Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik (c), Irfan Sukkur (wk), Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan, Farhad Reza, Abu Jayed, Kamrul Islam
Bench: Hazratullah Zazai, Andre Russell, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Nahidul Islam, Taijul Islam
Sylhet Thunder- The likes of Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, and Sherfane Rutherford faltered in the last game against Cumilla Warriors, and the onus will be on them to lead the batting unit. As far as the bowling is concerned, Naveen Ul-Haq, Sohag Gazi [2-23] and Ebadot Hossain [3-33] will be the ones to watch out for.
Rajshahi Royals- The cornerstone of Rajshahi Royals’ success in the tournament thus far has been their all-rounders like Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, and Afif Hossain. They will once again be the ones’ to watch out for.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford
Vice-Captain – Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Liton Das
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Andre Fletcher (C)
Batters – Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik (VC), Sherfane Rutherford
All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Mohammad Nawaz
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Krishmar Santokie, Kamrul Islam
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Liton Das, Andre Fletcher
Batters – Afif Hossain (C), Shoaib Malik, Rony Talukdar
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara (VC), Andre Russell, Sohag Gazi
Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam, Ebadot Hossain
There is a lot of uncertainty around the playing XIs in the BPL. Teams make unexpected changes. It would be better to wait for the playing XIs to be announced before finalizing your Fantasy teams. You can visit CricTracker website after toss for the updated playing XIs.
Rajshahi Royals is expected to come out as the winners.
*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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