Dhaka Platoon takes on Rajshahi Royals in their opener!
Rajshahi Royals to win the match!
BPL 2019-2020 season has started with a lot of changes and players swapped between sides with fairly new-look teams. BPL was marred by a lot of controversies this season with players going on strike against it, but the tournament has started successfully.
Dhaka Platoon and Rajshahi Royals go against each other to play their respective first matches this season. Dhaka has been a good squad for the last two seasons ending up as runners-up in the 2018 & 2019 seasons. They will look to go one step ahead in this season. Rajshahi team failed to qualify for the playoffs in the last two seasons and will hope their fortune changes this time around.
Dhaka Platoon is led by former Bangladeshi skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, and Shuvagata Hom are the local Bangladeshi players available in the batting department. They have a rich vein of foreign players in the form of Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, and Laurie Evans. Wahab Riaz will join Mashrafe Mortaza once he completes his duties at MSL league currently.
Shahid Afridi and Shadab Khan are expected to make a good spin-combo in their team especially in favorable conditions. They have a good mix of all-rounders to choose from which could give their team a great depth.
Tamim Iqbal – Tamim Iqbal is a senior player and an attacking player who's style suits the T20 game. Look out for his dashing starts at the top of the order.
Shadab Khan – Shadab Khan will be big player for the team with BCB calling for more leg-spinners in the BPL teams. He has experience of playing for Pakistan at the bigger stages.
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Shuvagata Hom, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Laurie Evans, Anamul Haque (Wk), Mahedi Hasan
Ariful Haque, Hasan Mahmud, Mashrafe Mortaza, Laurie Evans, Mahedi Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Jaker Ali Anik, Thisara Perera, SMSK Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Anamul Haque
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will take the captaincy duties of the Rajshahi team. Liton Das and Hazaratullah Zazai will open the batting for them. Afif Hossain, Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, and Andre Rusell will form the middle order and they have a destructive batting order. They have arguably the best batting line-up in the BPL.
Abu Jayed, Mohammed Irfan, and Kamrul Islam are the fast bowlers available in the squad and are expected to slot in the playing XI. Taijul Islam and Mohammed Nawaz will form the spin duo for the team. They have experienced batting and bowling line-up with vast experience of playing T20I cricket at different leagues.
Liton Das – Liton das has been playing good cricket off-late in the international arena. But, he must perform consistently and give their team a good start at the top.
Abu Jayed – Abu Jayed is looked at as one of the future bowling stars for Bangladesh. He needs to prove his worth with impressive performances this season.
Liton Das (wk), Hazaratullah Zazai, Afif Hossain, Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Andre Rusell (c), Abu Jayed, Mohammed Irfan, Kamrul Islam, Taijul Islam Mohammed Nawaz
Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Hazratullah Zazai, RS Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Alok Kapali, Andre Russell
Dhaka is expected to have a hot and sunny climate with no chances of rain. We will have a full quota of overs without any interruption in this match.
Dhaka is expected to be one of the good pitches with a good balance between the bat and ball. The average score in this pitch will be 160 runs.
Chasing teams have won more matches in the shortest format and no target is safe nowadays with batsmen chasing them with ease.