Man of the Match: Alok Kapali
Red-hot Royals up against the Thunder!
Rajshahi Royals will win the match!
T20 season is on with T20 action across different places & countries and boards are taking a closer look at them with the T20 World cup coming up next year. BCB hopes to get some future stars from this league and their players remain fit and match ready for the international tours. Both teams started the tournament in contrasting fashions.
Sylhet Thunder started the season on a losing note after failing to defend 162 runs in their opening match against Chattogram Challengers. Rajshahi Royals won their first match in a clinical fashion by 9 wickets easily. Sylhet will look to get their maiden win this season whereas Rajshahi will hope to continue their dominance and get more confidence going ahead in the league stages.
Rajshahi Royals batsmen were untested as they chased down a small target of 134 runs with 9 wickets remaining. Hazaratullah Zazai scored an unbeaten half-century to anchor the chase. Liton Das & Shoaib malik played good cameos to share 50+ partnerships with Zazai in the chase. Royals’ bowlers set up the victory with the ball in hand. Five bowlers took wickets and their bowling unit performed as a team. Abu Jayed took 2 wickets but gave away 40+ runs in his 4 overs. Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Alok Kapali, and Ravi Bopara registered their names in the wickets column with a wicket each. Skipper Andre Russell came up with a economical spell of 3-0-8-0 in the powerplay to start the proceedings for their team. They will hope to continue their good form in this match too.
Liton Das - Liton das scored 39 runs off 27 balls and smashed 4 boundaries and 2 sixes. His 62-run opening partnership with Zazai ensured they chase down the total with ease.
Alok Kapali - Kapali was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-0-18-1. Opposition batsmen found it hard to read his leg spinners and googlies from the hand.
Liton Das (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell (c), Ravi Bopara, Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Hazratullah Zazai, RS Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Alok Kapali, Andre Russell
Sylhet Thunders lost the first match by 5 wickets. Mohammed Mithun played a standout knock scoring 84 runs in 48 balls and shepherded their batting unit to a competitive score of 162 runs. Skipper Mosadek Hossain and Jonathan Charles played good little cameos to build vital partnerships in the middle. Middle-order failed to accelerate towards the end barring Mithun in the team. Their bowlers started the match in good fashion restricting the opposition to 64/4 by the half-way mark. But, they failed to stop the Chattogram team from chasing the total. Krish Santokie and Nazmul Islam dismissed the top three batsmen inside the power play. Skipper Mosadek Hossain and Ebadat Hossain chipped in with a wicket each but failed to control the run flow.
Their bowlers need to apply choke on the run rate in the middle overs consistently.
M Mithun - Mithun scored more than 50% runs for the team with his 84 and smashed 4 boundaries and 5 sizes on his route. He will look to continue his purple patch in this match too.
Nazmul Islam - Nazmul dismissed Junaid Siddique and Nasir Hossain in the 4th over and gave a good start to the team. He had figures of 3-0-23-2 in the match. He failed to complete his quota of overs in the last match.
Jeevan Mendis, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Mosaddek Hossain (c), Rony Talukdar, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain
Ebadat Hossain, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mosaddek Hossain, R Talukdar, Nayeem Hasan, Krishmar Santokie, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Jeevan Mendis, J Charles, Nazmul Hossain Milon
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 good balance between the bat and ball. Twice in three matches 160+ runs are scored while batting first.
Chasing teams have won more matches in the shortest format. Teams have opted to chase and won in both the 1 PM matches so far. And we expect the same trend to continue.
Rajshahi Royals have a good team composition with a good mix of foreign and local players when compared to Sylhet Thunders. They are also high on confidence after their win in the first match by a big margin. We expect Rajshahi Royals to continue their winning momentum in this match.
Rajshahi Royals will win the match!