Bangladesh Premier League (BPL): Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers
January 11, 2020, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
BPL 2019-20 season’s league phase has reached its last day and we have four teams Chattogram Challengers, Dhaka Platoon, Khulna Tigers, and Rajshahi Royals qualifying for the knockouts. But, we are still not sure of their position in the points table and we have two interesting face-offs to decide it.
The winners of both the matches are expected to finish as the top two and get an additional chance to qualify for finals. Khulna Tigers come here after a massive win in their last match against Cumilla Warriors.
Dhaka Platoon, on the other hand, have lost their previous encounter against Rangpur Riders. But, they have never suffered a back-to-back loss this season. We can expect a mouth-watering contest between two quality sides with a lot on a stake in this match.
Dhaka Platoon performance in BPL 2019-20
Dhaka Platoon’s batting failed to chase 150 runs in the last match. Tamim Iqbal has been their top scorer with 392 runs this season.
Asif Ali, Mominul Haque, and Thisara Perera have played some crucial cameos but are not consistent with their ranks. Dhaka`s batting order needs to score more runs consistently and post good scores on board.
Tamim Iqbal has 392 runs with 3 half-centuries this season, but the strange fact is his strike rate of just 113. He is a naturally aggressive batsman but the failure of the rest of the batting line-up is putting pressure on him.
Hasan Mahmud and Mahedi Hasan have 10 scalps for the team alongside Wahab Riaz who is no longer available.
Shadab Khan has been their go-to bowler in the middle overs and is bowling well this season. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Thisara Perera are chipping with crucial wickets but their economy rate is on the higher side.
Shadab Khan is on fire this season with 8 wickets at an economy of just 6.3 RPO. His match figures in recent matches read as follows: 2/25, 2/14, 1/9, 1/25 (latest matches first).
Khulna Tigers performance in BPL 2019-20
Khulna Tigers has surged ahead to second place with a massive win by 92 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim (98 runs) and Mehdi Hasan (74 runs) shared a 150+ run partnership to take their total over 200+ runs. Rilee Rossouw is another batting stalwart for them with 435 runs at a strike rate of 160 with 4 half-centuries.
Mushfiqur Rahim has reached a purple patch in the important phase of the tournament with scores of 98*, 24*, 29, 64 & 59 in the last five matches. Rahim will look to continue his good form towards the business end of the season.
Robbie Frylinck and Shahidul Islam have been piling up wickets and they have a combined tally 35 wickets this season.
Mohammed Amir, Aminul Islam, and Shafiul Islam have been taking wickets at regular intervals and are having a good all-round bowling unit.
Mohammed Amir has 11 wickets this season at an economy of 7 RPO. Amir and Shahidul Islam have provided crucial breakthroughs early in the match consistently.
Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers predicted XI:
Dhaka Platoon Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasan Mahmud
Khulna Tigers Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shahidul Islam
Of the 8 games played at the venue in the beginning of BPL 2019-20, 5 teams have won while chasing the total and 3 were won by teams batting first.
154 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 8 games.
During the 8 games played in the 2nd phase at the venue, 3 games were won by the team batting first while 3 were b the team chasing the total.
163 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 8 games.
Today’s T20 Match, Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers Predictions:
- Tamim Iqbal has 392 runs with 3 half-centuries this season and is the highest run getter for Dhaka Platoon so far this season.
- Rilee Rossouw has scored 435 runs and is just 9 runs behind tournament leading run-scorer Dawid Malan.
- Shahidul Islam has picked 17 wickets in 10 games and is 2nd in the BPL 2019-20 bowling charts.
- 332 runs were scored when the two sides faced each other earlier this season and 41 boundaries were scored in that game.
- Mushfiqur Rahim scored 64 runs off just 33 balls against Dhaka Platoon earlier this season.