Man of the Match: Robbie Frylinck
The Dynamites to win by a thread!
Our Prediction is Dhaka Dynamites to win!
Hosts Dhaka Dynamites will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league table when they take on Chittagong Vikings in the 24th game of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Dhaka on Monday.
Three-time BPL Champions Dhaka Dynamites have got off to a perfect start this season with five wins out of six games played. In their previous game played in Sylhet, Dhaka Dynamites cruised to comfortable win over Sylhet Sixers to maintain their top spot in the points table.
On the other hand, Chittagong Vikings are currently placed second in the points table with four wins out of five games played. Mushfiqur-led unit managed to beat Khulna Titans by 26 runs in a high-scoring game played in Sylhet.
Shakib Al Hasan and co. have been the most consistent side in this year’s competition. The bowlers once again put in splendid performance to restrict Sylhet Sixers to a below-par score in the previous game played in Sylhet.
Opener Mizanur Rahman will need to score runs in this game after continuous failures with the bat. Hazratullah Zazai could in place of Mizanur as Dynamites will be looking to play their best combination in this game.
In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Shakib Al Hasan and Rony Talukdar to do the bulk of the scoring. Captain Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with the bat in the previous game. He produced unbeaten 61 runs off 41 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
The likes of Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine have chipped in with crucial performances for Dhaka this season. Russell is certainly accomplished player in the T20 format who can go berserk with the bat in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, the spin duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine has done a splendid job for the side. They have bowled well and kept a lid on the rate of scoring in the middle overs of the innings this season.
Andrew Birch, Rubel Hossain and Andre Russell also did well with the ball in the previous game against Sylhet Sixers.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Andrew Birch, Darwish Rasooli, Nurul Hasan (wk), Rony Talukdar, Hazratullah Zazai/Mizanur Rahman, Aliss Islam, Rubel Hossain
Sunil Narine, Nurul Hasan, Heino Kuhn, Shuvagata Hom, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Rubel Hossain, R Talukdar, Darwish Rasooli, Mohor Sheikh, Andre Russell
The franchise has done exceedingly well in this year’s tournament and are coming into the game on the back of three-match winning streak. Mushfiqur Rahim and co. certainly have the firepower with bat and ball to beat Dhaka Dynamites in this game.
In the batting department, Vikings will be depending on their in-form captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who has been franchise’s leading run-scorer this season with 191 runs from 5 matches.
Rahim has certainly raised his game with the bat and produced back-to-back half-centuries in the previous two games played in the competition. He has been instrumental in Vikings producing three victories on the trot.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad has shown decent form with the bat at the top of the innings for Vikings. He played well in the previous game and scored 33 off 17 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
This season, Shahzad has scored 122 runs from 5 matches at an average of 24.40. Youngster Yasir Ali also showed promise with the bat and produced a crucial half-century in the previous game. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat against Dhaka Dynamites.
All-rounder Dasun Shanaka played a fiery innings at the back end of the innings. He produced 42 runs off just 17 balls to help Vikings post a mammoth score of 214 runs from their 20 overs.
Najeebullah Zadran also chipped in with a brisk cameo in the previous game played against Khulna Titans.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed did most of the damage for Vikings. The duo picked up five wickets between them in the previous game. Nayeem Hasan and Cameron Delport also picked up crucial wickets for the side against Khulna Titans.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Nayeem Hasan, Najeebullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka/Robbie Frylinck, Yasir Ali, Sunzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed
Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Dasun Shanaka, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Robbie Frylinck, Cameron Delport, M Shahzad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Jayed
In recent times, Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has witnessed high-scoring games in the competition. The bowlers will need to work hard to take wickets on a placid surface prepared in Dhaka. The weather conditions for game on Monday are going to be clear skies with bright sunshine.
The batsmen have ruled the roost so far this season with plenty of high-scoring games witnessed at the venue.
Both the teams will be looking to bat first and put big runs on the board. The bowlers will get assistance in second half of the game.
Hosts Dhaka Dynamites will have slight advantage over Chittagong Vikings as they are playing in their own backyard. The game is certainly going to be close one as both teams are in great-form this season. Chittagong Vikings will be hoping that their big players can come to the party in this game.
We are backing Dhaka Dynamites for the win!
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