Man of the Match: RR Rossouw
Sylhet Sixers to win
Our Prediction is Sylhet Sixers to win the match!
Host Sylhet Sixers will be keen to get back to winning ways when they face Rangpur Riders in the 21st match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Sylhet on Saturday.
Both teams clashed on Wednesday in the first fixture, where Sylhet Sixers came out on top and were the better side on the day.
In their previous game, Sixers suffered their fourth defeat of the competition against Dhaka Dynamites.
On the other hand, Defending Champions Rangpur Riders have not been inconsistent with their performances this season. The franchise has managed to win only two games out of six played so far this season. Riders will be keen to turn their fortunes around and register a much-needed win to improve their standings in the league table.
The home side is currently lying in the bottom half of the points table at the moment. Captain David Warner will be determined to make sure they produce consistency with bat and ball in the next couple of matches. Warner has produced two back-to-back half-centuries in the competition and will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in this game as well.
In the batting department, the side looks to be heavily reliant on their Captain David Warner, who is the leading run-getter so far this season with 204 runs in six matches at an average of 40.80.
West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran has shown good form in the tournament with 197 runs in six matches at an average of 39.40. The return of form of opener Liton Das turned out to be big positive for the side moving forward, as he once again chipped in with a crucial score against Dhaka Dynamites.
In the bowling department, the team is largely dependent on the likes of Sohail Tanvir, Taskin Ahmed and Sandeep Lamichhane to deliver with the ball in hand.
Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed has been outstanding with the ball for Sixers, as he claimed 10 wickets in 5 matches so far this season. Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan who replaced Sohail Tanvir in the previous game also bowled well for Sixers against Dhaka Dynamites.
David Warner (c), Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Nicholas Pooran, Sabbir Rahman, Jaker Ali (wk), Alok Kapali, Sohail Tanvir/Mohammad Irfan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Taskin Ahmed.
Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohammad Irfan, Alok Kapali, Nicholas Pooran, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Jaker Ali Anik, David Warner
Defending Champions have suffered three consecutive defeats on the trot and will need to produce something special to get back to winning ways in the competition. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be keen to make changes for this game.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been in woeful form and has produced string of low so far this season. He has managed to score only 39 runs from 4 matches at an average of 9.75. Riders will be hoping that Gayle can find form with the bat in the next couple of matches in the competition.
England’s Alex Hales has been a big disappointment due to his repeated failures with the bat. He will need to dig deep to grind out a decent score for the side in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on in-form Rilee Rossouw, who is franchise’s leading run-getter with 288 runs in 6 matches at an average of 96.00. Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has also chipped in with crucial scores for the side this season.
In the bowling department, the focus will be once again on pace duo of Mashrafe Mortaza, and Shafiul Islam, who have claimed 22 wickets in 6 matches with the new-ball. The likes of Sohag Gazi, Benny Howell and Farhad Reza are the other bowling options for the side.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Chris Gayle, Mehedi Maruf, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sohag Gazi, Farhad Raza, Benny Howell, Shafiul Islam, Nahidul Islam.
Alex Hales, RR Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nahidul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, S Gazi, Nazmul Islam, Farhad Reza, Shafiul Islam, Chris Gayle
The pitch played quite well as both teams scored a lot of runs. Certainly, it is going to another high-scoring game with plenty of runs for the batsmen. The weather forecast for Saturday in Sylhet is going to dry and sunny.
The Sylhet International Cricket Stadium has been one of prominent venues in Bangladesh. The venue has hosted four games so far this season. The previous game played between Khulna Titans and Comilla Victorians on Friday.
The ideal way will to win the toss and bat first. The last two games played at the venue have won the sides batting first.
Host Sylhet Sixers look firm favorites to win this game against Rangpur Riders. In their previous meeting between the teams this season, Sixers came out on top and beat Rangpur Riders by 27 runs. The bowling has been a big problem for Rangpur Riders so far this season. They will to make a considerable improvement in the bowling department to compete against Sylhet Sixers in this game.
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