Man of the Match: Alex Hales
Chittagong Vikings to win
Our Prediction is for Chittagong Vikings to win this game!
In the 30th match of BPL 2019 table toppers Chittagong Vikings will take on Rangpur Riders at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
Chittagong Vikings who are in ravaging form come into this game at the back of five consecutive wins and have lost just once so far in the season. Rangpur Riders on the other hand have won four out of their eight games so far and looked brilliant on occasions while ordinary on other days.
It would be interesting to see how the Riders play against the Vikings having lost their earlier game versus the same opposition where they were bowled for mere 95 runs. The Riders who have good players in the side would want to win the next game and gain some confidence.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s is going from strength to strength and have looked the side to beat this season. Their players are performing exceedingly well this season and would look to do the same in the next game.
Mohammad Shahzad along with Cameron Delport form a good opening pair though the latter hasn't been in the best of form in the last. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, Najibullah Zadran and Mosaddek Hossain played well in the last game and this would add to the confidence of the side. The top order has fired in almost all the games played so far and the team has been capitalizing this to good effect.
They have a good bowling attack where Robbie Frylinck and Khaled Ahmed have troubled the opponents with their tight lines. Nayeem Hasan and Cameron Delport have supported the main bowlers well and the skipper would want them to continue with the same form where they have been able to win important phases of the game while bowling.
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Robbie Frylinck, Khaled Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed.
Sunzamul Islam, M Shahzad, Robiul Haque, Sikandar Raza, Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Robbie Frylinck, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Jayed, N Zadran
Mashrafe Mortaza’s side is back in form with back to back wins against Sylhet Sixers and Khulna Titans. This would give the team good confidence as they take on the best side of the season in next game
Chris Gayle returned to form in the last game much to the cheer of Riders fans. Alex Hales played well too stitching up that important partnership. AB de Villers. Mohammad Mithun and Rilee Rossouw make it a dangerous batting line up one which will be extremely difficult for the opponents to contain especially at the top with batsmen capable of clearing the fence at will.
Mashrafe Mortaza has been in sublime form with the ball and has bowled several miserly spells this season and picked up early wickets as well. Farhad Reza also bowled extremely well in the last game and Chris Gayle also rotated his arms to good effect. With Sohag Gazi and Shafiul Islam and Nazmul Islam in the mix the side has the bowling arsenal to test their opponents.
Chris Gayle, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), AB de Villiers, Farhad Reza, Rilee Rossouw, Shafiul Islam, Alex Hales, Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nazmul Islam, Nahidul Islam.
Alex Hales, RR Rossouw, Shahidul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Mithun, Farhad Reza
A fresh wicket would await the two teams at the ground on January 25. It is expected to be pleasant in the evening with a clear sky. The pitch being a fresh one is likely to have some juice and should assist the seam bowlers in the first few overs. Spinners would also be able to get their bargain once the ball gets little bit older.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram is a paradise for the bowlers with the average 1st innings score standing at 143 runs. The boundaries are big especially around the square and it suits batsmen who are willing to play the patient game. The ball tends to stop at times and this is something the spinners have always capitalized on in this ground.
It is the second game of the season that would be played at this ground and hence there would be something for the bowlers in the initial overs. Also being an evening game, dew is also likely to play a factor in the second innings of the game which would make it difficult to grip the ball. Team winning the toss would choose to bowl first on this wicket
It would definitely be one of the biggest games of this season where star-packed line-up on both the sides. Rangpur Riders seem to have more match winners on their side capable of single-handedly turning it around. But Chittagong Vikings have shown great consistency throughout the season where they have looked the best side in the season. It would be a close call but Vikings would definitely start this game ahead of Riders due to their consistency.
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