Dhaka Platoon keen to seal playoff spot against Rangpur Rangers!
Dhaka Platoon will win the match!
Host Dhaka Platoon will be looking to clinch top spot in the league when they lock horns with Rangpur Rangers in the 39th match at Dhaka on Friday. Dhaka Platoon will be looking to produce their best cricket in this must-win game. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. have played good cricket in this year’s competition and managed to secure 12 points in 9 matches so far this season.
Meanwhile, Rangpur Rangers have failed to make an impact as a unit in this year’s competition. The side has no chance of qualifying for the playoffs but will be looking to end their campaign on a winning note.
Dhaka Platoon will need to make significant improvements in this contest after producing a timid batting display against Rangpur Rangers. In the previous fixture, they struggled to get going in their innings and were reduced to 59 for 3 in 8.4 overs. Tamim Iqbal once again delivered the goods with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 40 runs off 38 balls with the help of five boundaries. Bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan’s late blitz saw Dhaka Platoon post 145 runs in their 20 overs. Shadab scored unbeaten 31 runs off 19 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.
For this must-win game, the team management will be once again depending on in-form pugnacious opener Tamim Iqbal, who is currently Dhaka Platoon’s leading run-scorer so far this season with 358 runs in 9 matches at an average of 51.14 with three half-centuries to his name. Warner will certainly be eyeing a big score against England in this semifinal game. Despite perishing for a low score against Rangpur Rangers, Middle-order batsman Mominul Haque has produced impressive numbers with the bat so far in this competition with 157 runs in 7 matches at an average of 39.25.
In the bowling department, the dependency will be on left-arm quick Wahab Riaz to provide breakthroughs at regular intervals. Wahab is franchise’s most successful bowler so far in this year’s competition with 10 wickets in 7 outings at an economy rate of 6.50. Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahedi Hasan also have picked up crucial breakthroughs for the side with the new-ball.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wk), Mominul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Shadab Khan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Hasan Mahmud, Wahab Riaz/Faheem Ashraf
Ariful Haque, Hasan Mahmud, Mominul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahedi Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Anamul Haque
Rangpur delivered another dismal batting performance and lost their previous game to Dhaka Platoon. Chasing 146 runs, Rangpur Rangers were bundled out for 84 runs in 15.3 overs. The side led by Shane Watson will be looking to earn a consolation win in their final round-robin game. In the batting department, the team has been heavily relying on in-form opener Mohammad Naim, who has scored 342 runs in 11 matches at an average of 34.20. Mohammad Naim perished for a low score in the previous game played against Dhaka Platoon.
The biggest letdown this season has been the poor shown by Captain Shane Watson. In 6 matches played, Watson has only scored 83 runs at an average of 13.83. Watson will need to lead the way with the bat if Rangpur wants to come out on top in this contest.
All-rounder Lewis Gregory has delivered credible performances with bat and ball for the side in this year’s competition. With the bat, Gregory has accumulated 216 runs in 10 innings at an average of 27.00. He has delivered decent performances with the ball in hand and claimed 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.80.
In the bowling department, the team management will be once against depending on Mustafizur Rahman, who has claimed 19 wickets in 11 matches. Left-arm medium is currently leading wicket-taker in this year’s competition. In the previous game, Mustafizur Rahman delivered another decent performance and finished with figures of 3 for 34 in his four overs spell. Pacer Taskin Ahmed also bowled well against Dhaka Platoon and claimed three wickets in his four overs.
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson (c), Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Fazle Mahmud, Al-Amin, Jahurul Islam (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman
Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Naim, Nadif Chowdhury, Jahurul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, A Sunny, Cameron Delport, Taskin Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Al Amin, SR Watson
The wicket might be on the slower side as batsmen will need to grind hard for their runs. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is going to be bright and sunny.
Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka is going to host 39th match between Dhaka Platoon and Rangpur Rangers. Dhaka Platoon have managed to win their last three games out of four played against Rangpur Rangers in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The majority of the games played this venue in this year’s competition have been won by sides batting second.
Based on the current form, Dhaka Platoon will be favorites to win their game against Rangpur Rangers. With the likes of Tamim Iqbal consistently producing runs at the top of the innings and bowlers delivering splendid performances, Dhaka Platoon will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this important clash.
Dhaka Platoon will win the match!