Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders, free match prediction

25 Jan 2019 | 18:30 | Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
167/8 in 20.0 8.35
239/4 in 20.0 11.95 winner

Rangpur Riders beat Chittagong Vikings by 72 runs

Chittagong Vikings to win
  • Chittagong Vikings have won their last five games and lost only once this season.
  • Chittagong's batsmen are in great form especially Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Shahzad.
  • Robbie Frylinck and Khaled Ahmed are bowling well for Vikings.

Our Prediction is for Chittagong Vikings to win this game!

  • Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2019
  • Format: Twenty20
  • Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
  • Toss: To Bowl
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Bangladesh Premier League 2019 Group

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Rangpur Riders 12 8 4 0 0 16 1.018
Comilla Victorians 12 8 4 0 0 16 0.066
Chittagong Vikings 12 7 5 0 0 14 -0.293
Dhaka Dynamites 12 6 6 0 0 12 0.974
Rajshahi Kings 12 6 6 0 0 12 -0.518
Sylhet Sixers 12 5 7 0 0 10 0.066
Khulna Titans 12 2 10 0 0 4 -1.259
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
16 1.018 12 8 4 0 0
16 0.066 12 8 4 0 0
14 -0.293 12 7 5 0 0
12 0.974 12 6 6 0 0
12 -0.518 12 6 6 0 0
10 0.066 12 5 7 0 0
4 -1.259 12 2 10 0 0
Name
Rangpur Riders
Comilla Victorians
Chittagong Vikings
Dhaka Dynamites
Rajshahi Kings
Sylhet Sixers
Khulna Titans

Match Preview

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. 

Teams Preview

Chittagong Vikings Preview

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.

Chittagong Vikings Predicted Starting XI:

Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Robbie Frylinck, Khaled Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed.

Rangpur Riders Preview

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. 

Rangpur Riders Predicted Starting XI:

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.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

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. 

Venue

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.

Toss: To Bowl

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

Winning Prediction

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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Author: S. Bhatarjee