Man of the Match: Lewis Gregory
Rajshahi Royals eye a strong comeback against Rangpur Rangers!
Expect Rajshahi Royals to register a comfortable win!
Rajshahi Royals will be looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Rangpur Rangers in the 28th match of 2019 Bangladesh Premier League at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Rajshahi Royals were outplayed by Dhaka Platoon in all three facets of the game. The batting struggled to get going in their innings and were dismissed for 100 runs in 16.4 overs. Captain Andre Russell will be hoping that the side can make a strong comeback in this contest.
On the other hand, Rangpur Rangers registered a seven-wicket win over Sylhet Thunder, courtesy splendid performances from Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim and Cameron Delport. Despite this victory, Rangers are still lying in the bottom half of the league table with 4 points to their name in seven games played so far in the competition.
Rajshahi Royals suffered a 74-run defeat at the hands of Dhaka Platoon. The batting department simply had no answers to the menacing spell produced by Wahab Riaz, who claimed five wickets in his three overs. With this heavy defeat, Royals have dropped to fourth place in the league table with 10 points to their name.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, and Andre Russell to make crucial breakthroughs.
In the previous game, Andre Russell, Mohammad Irfan, and Ravi Bopara claimed one wicket each. Chasing 175 runs to win, Liton Das, Shoaib Malik, and Alok Kapali perished for low scores to see Royals reduced to 39 for 3 after 4 overs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das and all-rounder Shoaib Malik will be keen to make a strong comeback against Rangpur Rangers. Das has scored 221 runs so far this season, while Malik has accumulated 217 runs at an average of 43.40.
Rookie Afif Hossain was the only batsman that showed some resistance against Dhaka Platoon. He played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 31 runs off 23 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Nahidul Islam, Ravi Bopara, and Andre Russell are quality players that have the ability to pile on the runs in the later stages of the innings.
Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Andre Russell (c), Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Kamrul Islam
Nahidul Islam, Alok Kapali, Kamrul Islam, Liton Das, RS Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Afif Hossain, Farhad Reza, Andre Russell
2017 BPL Champions have struggled to make an impact so far this season. The side has managed to win only two games out of seven played in the competition. The side will have to win the remaining games of the competition in order to qualify for the playoffs of the competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport and Shane Watson to do the bulk of the scoring.
Chasing 134 runs to win, Shane Watson perished for a low score to see Rangpur get off to a shaky start. Cameron Delport and Mohammad Naim put on a 99-run partnership to stabilize the innings for Rangpur Rangers. Cameron Delport was the standout performer with the bat against Sylhet Thunder. Left-hander finished the innings with the top-score of 63 runs off 28 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Naim, who remained unbeaten till the end and scored 38 not out off 50 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
Mohammad Naim is currently franchise’s leading run-getter so far in the competition. In 7 matches, Naim has accumulated 214 runs at an average of 35.66 with one half-century to his name.
Lewis Gregory has been a consistent performer for the side this season. England’s all-rounder has scored 168 runs at an average of 28.00. With the ball in hand, Gregory has claimed nine wickets at an economy rate of 8.30.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Lewis Gregory, and Mohammad Nabi to pick wickets in this contest. Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers against Sylhet Thunder and finished with figures of 3 for 10 in his four overs. Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Arafat Sunny, and Mukidul Islam claimed one wicket against Sylhet Thunder.
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson (c), Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory, Jahurul Islam (wk), Fazle Mahmud, Mohammad Nabi, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mukidul Islam
Al Amin, Fazle Mahmud, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Jahurul Islam, A Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Naim, Taskin Ahmed, SR Watson
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The spinners will definitely something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is expected to be sunny with light winds.
Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka is going to host the 28th game between Rajshahi Royals and Rangpur Rangers. Rajshahi Royals will take heart from the fact that they have won five matches out of six games played in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to win bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Average score at the venue is around 140 to 150 runs.
Based on the current form, Rajshahi Royals will be expected to win their game against Rangpur Rangers. With the likes of Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik and Liton Das in excellent form with the bat, Rajshahi Royals will be determined to put in a strong batting performance in this contest.
On the other hand, Rangpur Rangers will need to bat well in order to challenge Rajshahi Royals.
Expect Rajshahi Royals to register a comfortable win!