Khulna Tigers look to turn the tide against bottom-placed Rangpur Rangers!
Khulna Tigers to win the match!
This game between Khulna Tigers and Rangpur Rangers is the 22nd game of this Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and it kickstarts another small (four-day) leg. The action is back at the capital city and both teams will be looking to build some momentum through these middle stages of the tournament.
Khulna Tigers were on a roll at one point as they won three games in a row. They won all their games chasing. But now, they’ve lost two in a row as well. Sylhet Thunder made a massive score and handed them a big defeat before the Khulna batting failed to stand up as they put up just 145 against Rajshahi Royals. Barring the game against Sylhet, the Khulna Tigers bowling attack has fared decently.
Meanwhile, Rangpur Rangers are sitting at the bottom of the points table. They lost four games in a row to start the season before getting off the mark by beating table-toppers Chattogram Challengers. They chased down 164 and will be riding high on confidence after that win.
The Khulna Tigers batting has been carried by two players so far in this competition. Rilee Rossouw and Mushfiqur Rahim have been the pillars of this batting line-up. They have invariably held the middle order together. Rossouw is the second-highest run-getter in this tournament and has amassed 259 runs which include three half-centuries. He averages 86.33 and is striking at 161.87 in this BPL.
On the other hand, skipper Rahim has made 154 runs at an average of 51.33 and a strike-rate of 140.00. Apart from these two, there’s hardly been any consistency from the other batsmen. The likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Shamsur Rahman have got one half-century each but nothing too big apart from that. Najmul Hossain Shanto has been a huge disappointment as he’s scored five runs from four innings.
Robbie Frylinck has been very good with both bat and ball. He is striking at 171.15 with the bat while he’s picked up five wickets in as many games with the ball. Mohammad Amir and Shafiul Islam have been decent as well.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (C & WK), Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Tanvir Islam
RR Rossouw, Tanvir Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shahidul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Robbie Frylinck, Mushfiqur Rahim, N Zadran
Rangpur Rangers have used as many as 19 players in five games. There’s been a lot of chopping and changing. Captaincy has changed hands as well. Mohammad Nabi was the skipper at the start of the tournament before Tom Abell took over.
With the bat, Mohammad Naim and Lewis Gregory are the only ones with more than 100 runs in this tournament but they’ve been slightly inconsistent as well. Naim has 156 runs in five innings while Gregory has 130 runs in the same number of innings. The likes of Nabi, Cameron Delport and Abell have been disappointing and will need to stand up and deliver if Rangpur Rangers are to continue their winning momentum.
Mustafizur Rahman seems to be finding his rhythm with the ball. He is the leading wicket-taker for the Rangers. He’s taken six wickets so far and has led the attack well. Off-spinner Sanjit Saha has been very good in the last couple of games. He’s picked up three wickets and has an economy of 7.28. Nabi has been economical but hasn’t really been very incisive. Gregory may have been expensive with the ball but has picked up six wickets.
Shadman Islam, Mohammad Naim, Tom Abell (C), Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi, Jahurul Islam (WK), Fazle Mahmud, Lewis Gregory, Mustafizur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Mukidul Islam
Fazle Mahmud, Lewis Gregory, SR Watson, Mohammad Naim, Jahurul Islam, Mukidul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Cameron Delport, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Nabi
It is an afternoon start which means it will be pretty sunny throughout the day. This is the first game at this venue after a couple of weeks. A fresh pitch is likely to be used and it is expected to assist spin a little but it will also be good for batting. There were scores of various extremes as well with teams being bowled out under 100 and making big scores.
This is another leg in this Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the action has moved back and is back where it started, Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The average score batting first is almost 153 at this venue in this BPL which might be slightly under par, considering the short boundaries and flat pitches.
Out of 20 games that have been played in this BPL, only six have been from batting first. This is a tournament where teams have chased really well. Thus, both teams will want to bowl first and chase it down. Both teams have won their games chasing.
Both Khulna Tigers and Rangpur Rangers haven’t had the best of times in this tournament. The former did get off to a flying start but they’ve crashed down in the last couple of games. The Rangers just haven’t got going and it was only in the last game that they got their first win of the tournament. Khulna Tigers are better placed and will most likely go into this game as favorites.
Khulna Tigers to win the match!