Dhaka Platoon have won four out of their last five matches and are in decent form in the ongoing Bangabandhu BPL. Mashrafe Mortaza and Co are placed third in the table with 12 points from nine games. If they manage to win their next game, then they will join Rajshahi Royals and Chattogram Challengers in the playoffs. Their next game is against Rangpur Rangers on Wednesday in Mirpur.
The Rangers, on the other hand, have a slim chance of making it through to the next round. After Mohammad Nabi and Tom Abell, Shane Watson is shouldering the leadership mantle. In their last four matches, the Rangers beat Rajshahi Royals and Sylhet Thunder. But a defeat will officially knock them out of the tournament. The Rangers’ final league match is also versus the Platoon on Friday.
Pitch and Condition
The pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium has been a sporting one. The batters and bowlers have had their fair share of joy. Spinners have gotten loads out of the deck. The track has mostly favoured the team, batting second and hence, most teams have chosen to field first. The conditions will be cloudy, but with no chance of rain. The temperature will be around 18 degrees Celsius.
The Platoon’s batting has depth and that has rescued them quite a few times. Tamim Iqbal has been their standout batter with 318 runs at an average of 53. He has gotten good support from Anamul Haque. Asif Ali has been their biggest positive of late. He has 109 runs at a strike-rate of 209.61.
The likes of Mominul Haque and Mahedi Hasan have chipped in as well. Mahedi Hasan also has six wickets at an economy of 6.92. Shadab Khan hasn’t picked up a whole lot of wickets, but hasn’t leaked runs either. Hasan Mahmud should be in good stead after getting four wickets last time.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wk), Mominul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Mahmud, Shadab Khan
Mohammad Naim has been the saving grace for the Rangers with 338 runs at an average of 37.55. Shane Watson had a torrid time in the first four games, but he came back with a decent fifty versus the Thunder. Cameron Delport has also gotten his rhythm, having scored 150 runs, averaging 21.42.
Lewis Gregory’s role will be key as he has 211 runs to go with 13 wickets. Mustafizur Rahman has found his mojo, having picked 16 wickets at an economy of 6.76. Mohammad Nabi hasn’t done anything of sorts with the bat, but with the ball, he has nine wickets at an economy of 6.81.
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson (C), Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Fazle Mahmud, Al-Amin, Jahurul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman
Probable Top Performers
Tamim Iqbal – Dhaka Platoon |Lewis Gregory– Rangpur Rangers
Match Timings – 06:00 PM IST, and 06:30 PM local time
The prediction is for Dhaka Platoon to win the match.
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