Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers
January 4, 2020,
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
The 33rd match of the BPL 2019-20 will see Chattogram Challengers take on Khulna Tigers on Saturday.
Chattogram Challengers are one among the top three teams that have equal points and are placed third on the basis of NRR. Chattogram Challengers will leapfrog the other teams if they manage to win this match.
Khulna Tigers are closely following the other teams in the fourth position and they too have a chance to top the points table if they manage to win this match.
Khulna Tigers beat Chattogram Challengers by 8 wickets in their earlier encounter in BPL 2019-20 this year.
Chattogram Challengers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Chattogram Challengers have 2 losses in their last 3 matches after winning 4 matches on a trot earlier. Skipper Chadwick Walton and Imrul Kayes are very consistent with the bat scoring 274 & 289 run so far.
Lendl Simmons and Junaid Siddique added 100 run opening partnerships in 11 overs but the failure of middle-order saw them finishing with an average score of just 159 runs on board.
Lendl Simmons came up with a 34-ball 54 to give a good start to their team with the bat.
They were unlucky to lose the match as Liam Plunkett failed to defend 17 runs in the last over with a four of the last ball to win the match. Rubel Hossain was the star performer with the ball with figures of 2/16.
Rubel Hossain has 10 wickets at an economy of 7.5 RPO this season. He bowled the crucial 17th over last match giving away just 1 run and took 2 wickets to put their team ahead.
Khulna Tigers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Khulna Tigers come into this match after a 12-run loss to Dhaka Platoon. Mushfiqur Rahim waged a lone battle with his 34-ball 63 in the chase of 173 runs in that game.
Rille Rossouw is their leading run-scorer with 292 runs but he having quite 3-4 matches off late. Mehdi Hasan has been promoted to open the batting as a surprise move.
Mushfiqur Rahim has made 2 fifties in the last three matches and is looking in good form and momentum. He has scored 280 runs this season at a strike rate of 144.
Young Shadiul Islam is having an impressive season with 12 wickets at an economy rate of 8.7 RPO. Robbie Frylinck, Mohammed Amir, and Shafiul Islam has contributed with wickets at regular intervals and kept the scoreboard on the check.
Mohammed Amir has 7 wickets so far at an economy rate of 7.2 RPO. He is an experienced T20 player who has represented various teams across the globe and will be pivotal in the Tigers bowling attack.
Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers predicted line-up
Lendl Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Rubel Hossain, Chadwick Walton, Ryan Burl, Nurul Hasan (wk), Nasum Ahmed , Zia-ur-Rehman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Pinak Ghosh, Kesrick Williams
Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Amir, Rilee Rossouw, Shafiul Islam, Robbie Frylinck, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tanvir Islam
4 games have been played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet during BPL 2019-20. Three of them have been won by the batting first while the other one was decided by Super Over after both teams scored 140 runs in their respective overs.
173 is the average 1st inning score at the venue during BPL 2019-20.
8 T20I matches has been played at the venue and only one of them has been won by the team batting first while 7 times team chasing the total have emerged winner.
152 is the average first innings score while 142 is the average score of team batting second.
Off the 8 games played at the venue during 2018-19 season, team batting first won 4 times while the team chasing the total won the remaining 4 games.
BPL 2019-20: Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers Prediction
- Rilee Rossouw has scored 292 runs in 8 innings at an average of almost 49 and is currently fourth in the BPL 2019-20 highest run-scorer’s list.
- Imrul Kayes has scored 289 runs in 8 innings and is at the top of Chattogram Challengers batting chart, 5th in the tournament.
- Mehedi Hasan Rana has picked 14 wickets in 7 innings and is only behind Rangpur Rangers’ Mustafizur Rahman (16) in the BPL 2019-20 bowling chart.
- Chadwick Walton has hit 19 sixes in his 9 innings – most by any player in BPL 2019-20.
- 290 runs were scored when these two teams met each other earlier this season and 39 boundaries were hit in that game.
- Rilee Rossouw scored 64* off 38 balls and Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 50 off just 19 balls against Chattogram Challengers earlier this season.