Man of the Match: AB de Villiers
Defending champions Rangpur take on Dhaka!
Our prediction is Rangpur Riders to win!
Hosts Dhaka Dynamites will be desperate for a strong comeback against in-form Rangpur Riders in the 34th game of Bangladesh Premier League in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.
Having lost their last two games, Shakib-led unit will be keen to get back to winning ways in this home fixture.
The side has suffered from inconsistency with bat and ball which has led to consecutive defeats in the competition.
On the other hand, Rangpur Riders are peaking at the right time in the competition and have managed to win three games on the trot.
Captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be pleased that the side has delivered consistently good performances in the last couple of matches. Riders will be hoping to continue their good form against Dynamites.
In their previous meeting this season, Dhaka Dynamites managed to beat Rangpur Riders by 2 runs.
Shakib and co. will certainly need to improve their batting in order to get their campaign back on the track in the competition.
West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine once again failed to produce a good score for the side and will need to produce something special in this game.
Rony Talukdar has struggled to find form at the top of the innings and his repeated failures puts a lot of pressure on the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell.
Hazratullah Zazai has also perished for low scores in his previous four games played for Dhaka Dynamites. Dynamites might bring in Heino Kuhn or Ian Bell, who might able to provide stability and runs at the top of the innings.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan is the only in-form batsman in the lineup and shown some sort of consistency with the bat in the games played so far with 189 runs in 8 matches. Dynamites will be hoping that Shakib can produce a big score in this game.
All-rounder Andre Russell has been a consistent performer with the bat and ball for Dynamites this season. He has scored 189 runs in 8 matches at an average of 28.66. In the previous game, Russell produced a valiant effort with the bat. He scored 46 runs off 24 balls with the help of five sixes.
In the bowling department, Captain Shakib leads the way with 17 wickets to his name. Rubel Hossain, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have chipped in with crucial wickets for the side so far in this year’s competition.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Darwish Rasooli, Nurul Hasan (wk), Rony Talukdar, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Robbie Frylinck, Hazratullah Zazai/Mizanur Rahman, Aliss Islam, Rubel Hossain
Qazi Onik, Sunil Narine, Nurul Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Shuvagata Hom, Hazratullah Zazai, Shakib Al Hasan, K Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, R Talukdar, Andre Russell
On the other hand, Rangpur Riders are coming into the game on the back of some impressive performance in the competition.
The acquisition of England explosive opener Alex Hales is proving to be a masterstroke by the franchise. Hales has looked in menacing form and amassed 188 runs from three games. In the previous game played against Chittagong, Hales smashed a blistering 100 runs off just 48 balls with the help of eleven fours and five sixes.
Rilee Rossouw has been in mesmerizing form with the bat as well and is currently the leading run-scorer in this year’s competition with 459 runs in 9 matches at an average of 114.75. Left-handed batsman produced a brilliant century to help Rangpur setup a crushing win over Chittagong Vikings. He scored 100 runs off 51 balls with the help of eight fours and six sixes.
The experienced duo of AB De Villiers and Chris Gayle does make team’s batting lineup incredibly strong. Riders will be hoping that Gayle and De Villiers can find form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
In the bowling department, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza and Shafiul Islam have done well for the side. Mortaza was the standout bowler for Riders in the previous game with three wickets to his name. Farhad Reza also produced impressive returns with the ball in hand. He picked up two wickets and conceded 29 runs from his four overs.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Mithun (wk), AB De Villiers, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Shafiul 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
Both the sides will be keen to win the toss and get runs on the board. Both the games have been won sides that have batted first at this venue.
Defending Champions Rangpur Riders look in red-hot form and will be favorites to win this contest. Dhaka Dynamites will really to improve their game with bat and ball in order to overcome Riders in this contest.
We are backing Rangpur Riders for the win!
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