Man of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim
Chittagong Vikings to win
Our Prediction is Chittagong Vikings to win!
Chittagong Vikings will be eager to extend their lead at the top of the points table when they will lock horns with Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka on Wednesday.
Vikings have done exceedingly well so far this season and will have opportunity to go top of the table. They have managed to win five games out of six played so far this season.
On the other hand, Rajshahi Kings are currently placed in top half of the league table with 8 points in 7 matches played this season.
In their previous match, Rajshahi Kings produced a clinical performance with the bat and ball to beat Comilla Victorians by 38 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim led-unit have got off to a flying start with five wins in six matches and will have a chance to top of the table. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad did not do much with the bat as he was dismissed for a duck in the previous game. Shahzad has scored 122 runs in 6 matches so far this season and will need to produce consistency with the bat at the top of the innings.
Cameron Delport produced a splendid performance with the bat and ball. He picked up three wickets with the ball and then contributed with 22-ball 30 runs to help Chittagong Vikings upstage Dhaka Dynamites in their own backyard.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim is currently the leading run-scorer for the side with 213 runs in 6 matches with two half-centuries to his name. Rahim also chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the previous game played against Chittagong Vikings. All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain produced a splendid innings under pressure to see Vikings chase down runs against Dynamites. He scored 33 off 39 balls with the help of three fours.
Robbie Frylinck also had a good outing with bat and ball. He produced a probing spell with the new ball and finished with 2 for 19 from his three overs. In the chase, he came good with the bat and smashed a brisk 10-ball 25 runs to see Vikings win by three wickets. In the bowling department, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan and Khaled Ahmed bowled well to restrict Dhaka Dynamites to a below-par score.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Nayeem Hasan, Dasun Shanaka, Robbie Frylinck, Yasir Ali, Sunzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed.
Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, M Shahzad, Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Robbie Frylinck, Cameron Delport, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Jayed, N Zadran
The franchise will certainly aim for consistency with bat and ball in order to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. The Kings certainly raised their game with the bat in the previous game against Comilla Victorians.
Laurie Evans produced a scintillating performance with the bat to help Rajshahi Kings post a daunting score on the board. Left-hander certainly found form with the bat and smashed unbeaten 106* off 62 balls with the help of nine fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Ryan Ten Doeschate, who also scored 59 off 41 balls with the help of three sixes.
The big positive for Rajshahi Kings was Laurie Evans and Ryan Ten Doeschate finding form with the bat in the previous game played against Comilla Victorians. The batting has been big letdown due to inconsistent performances so far in this competition.The likes of Shahriar Nafees, Laurie Evans and Ryan Ten Doeschate will need to produce consistency with the bat to help Kings secure valuable points in the next couple of games.
In the previous game, Kamrul Islam Rabbi also delivered the goods with the ball in hand. He picked up four wickets and conceded only 10 runs from his four overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner Arafat Sunny also bowled well and picked up the wicket of Shamsur Rahman.
Mehidy Hasan (captain), Shahriar Nafees, Marshall Ayub, Laurie Evans, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan (wk), Christiaan Jonker, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamran Islam Rabbi, Qais Ahmed.
Soumya Sarkar, Kamrul Islam, Christiaan Jonker, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Zakir Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, A Sunny, Mehidy Hasan, RN ten Doeschate, Marshall Ayub, Qais Ahmad
The wickets prepared at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has witnessed excellent cricket so far this season. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is going to bright and sunny.
The venue has certainly provided an interesting contest between bat and ball. Expect a high-game scoring between Rajshahi Kings and Chittagong Vikings.
Ideally, the side that wins the toss would like to put runs on the board and put pressure back on the opposition.
Chittagong Vikings will be pretty hard to beat as they are coming into game on the back of four-match winning streak. Rajshahi Kings will need to play a pitch-perfect game to put up a strong show against Chittagong Vikings.
Our Prediction is Chittagong Vikings to win!
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