Within a year, Bangladesh Premier League has hit 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.
As the BPL journey progresses, Rajshahi Royals will lock horns with Sylhet Thunders in Match 5 of the tournament at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Royals started off their campaign in style after registering a formidable nine-wicket victory against Dhaka Platoon in their opening match.
Royals did not rely on Andre Russell for delivering a brawny batting knock. Their top-order comprising Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das and Shoaib Malik guided Royals to the target of 135 runs. Zazai, who scored a brilliant half-century, was assisted by Liton Das (39) and Shoaib Malik (36). Abu Jayed emerged as their best bowlers as he scalped two wickets in his spell.
Sylhet Thunder, on the other hand, had to suffer a defeat against Chattogram Challengers in their inaugural match of the competition. Despite Mohammad Mithun’s heroics, (84 runs off 48 balls) Thunder failed to defend the total of 162 runs. The Mosaddek Hossain-led side will be eager to register their first victory of the tournament.
Pitch and Conditions
With no chances of rain, it is expected to be a perfect sunny 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.
Along with skipper Andre Russell, Royals will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara. Bopara was also awarded Man of the Match award in his previous match. Zazai also garnered much attention after scoring 56 runs off 47 balls in their previous match against Dhaka Platoon.
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. Abu Jayed, who scalped two wickets in his last match, will be leading Royals’ bowling force along with Taijul Islam and skipper Andre Russell.
Predicted XI: Liton Das (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell (c), Ravi Bopara, Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Mohammad Mithun stole the limelight in the opening match of BPL 2019 by smashing 84 runs off just 48 balls. He will be eager to replicate his performance against Royals. Skipper Mosaddek Hossain, who has the potential to deliver in both the departments, is expected to lead his side from the front. Thunder’s bowling attack will comprise Nazmul Isman, Ebadat Hossain and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Predicted XI: Jeevan Mendis, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Mosaddek Hossain (c), Rony Talukdar, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain
Probable Top Performers
Hazratullah Zazai– Rajshahi Royals | Mosaddek Hossain – Sylhet Thunder
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Match Timings – 13:30 IST, and 14:00 local time
The prediction is Rajshahi Royals to win the match.
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