The 9th game of the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be played between Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhary Stadium in Chattogram.
The match starts at 01:00 PM IST (07:30 AM GMT) (01:30 PM Local). This match will be live on Fancode in India
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The caravan of 2019 Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League moves to Chattogram where 12 games will be played over the course of the coming days. The first match at the venue will see table-toppers Rajshahi Royals take on the other unbeaten side of the tournament- Khulna Tigers.
The Tigers kicked off their campaign with a ruthless eight-wicket win over Chattogram Challengers. The win was spearheaded by Tigers’ batting unit- Rahmanullah Gurbaz , Rilee Rossouw [64*] and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim [28*]- who helped them chase down 145 without even breaking a sweat.
That said, stiff challenge galore for the Tigers as they’ll now face the table-toppers Rajshahi Royals, who will come into this game after having swept aside Sylhet Thunder by eight wickets thanks to the Alok Kapali [3-17]-led bowling unit who bowled the Thunder out for 95.
It is expected to be a perfect day for cricket in Chattogram. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 19-27 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to be around 66%. No chance of rain!
It will be interesting to see what sort of pitch Chattogram dishes out. Traditionally speaking, it is a flat track where the ball comes on to the bat fairly well.
Average 1st inning score: 145 [In 20 T20Is played at the venue]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 10, Lost- 10
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be updated if there is any News)
Probable Playing XIs:
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (C & WK), Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam
Bench- Najibullah Zadran, Saif Hassan, Tanvir Islam, Wanindu Hasaranga, Aliss Islam
Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Ravi Bopara, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed Rahi, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedi Afridi
Bench- Nahidul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, Irfan Sukkur, Kamrul Islam
Khulna Tigers- The Tigers’ eight-wicket win in their opening encounter was spearheaded by their top-order in Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored a whirlwind 19-ball 50 and the experienced duo of Rilee Rossouw [64*] and Mushfiqur Rahim [28*], who shared an unbeaten 72-run-stand for the third wicket. They will once again be the key to their sides’ fortunes.
As far as bowling is concerned, the likes of Mohammad Amir, Roby Frylinck, Shafiul Islam will have to be at the top of their game against a power-packed Royals’ batting unit. The leg-spin of Aminul Islam Biplob could prove to be handy in the middle-overs.
Rajshahi Royals– In Hazratullah Zazai, Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, and Ravi Bopara, Rajshahi Royals probably boast of the most fearsome batting unit in the entire competition. With a subtle mix of youthful exuberance and experienced campaigners like Malik, Russell, Bopara, this batting unit could break a plethora of records this season.
And, yet, it was their bowling that paved way for their eight-wicket win in the last game. Alok Kapali [3-17], Ravi Bopara [2-10] and Farhad Raza [2-9] were the wreckers-in-chief.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Liton Das, Andre Russell
Vice-Captain – Mushfiqur Rahim, Aminul Islam, Ravi Bopara
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Liton Das (C)
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Alok Kapali, Rilee Rossouw, Shoaib Malik
All-Rounders – Ravi Bopara (VC), Roby Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers – Abu Jayed, Farhad Raza, Mohammad Amir
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mushfiqur Rahim (VC)
Batsmen – Afif Hossain, Hazratullah Zazai, Rilee Rossouw, Najmul Hossain Shanto
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (C), Ravi Bopara, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers – Shafiul Islam, Farhad Raza, Aminul Islam Biplob
With a great mix of youthful exuberance in the form of Hazratullah Zazai, Afif Hossain, Liton Das and experienced campaigners like Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, and Ravi Bopara, Rajshahi Royals have a fearsome top-6 and another thing that makes them so good is four out of the top-six can bowl as well. Hence opting for someone like Bopara, Russell or even Afif Hossain as captain/vice-captain could be a great punt.
Rajshahi Royals are expected to win.
*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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