Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals
January 7, 2020
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Joint table toppers of Bangladesh Premier League– Chattogram Challengers and Rajshahi Royals – will lock horns with each other in the 36th match of BPL 2019-20 on Tuesday in their penultimate games before facing each other once again on the last day of group stage matches.
They have both booked tickets to playoffs and the focus will be on finishing in the top 2.
Rajshahi Royals are coming on the back of a 6-wicket win over Sylhet Thunder while the Challengers too won by the same margin in their last game against Khulna Tigers on Saturday.
Rajshahi Royals performance in BPL 2019-20:
Andre Russell’s fitness situation is a worrying thing for Rajshahi. He has missed their last two games because of an injury. However, he is likely to return to action on Tuesday.
Alok Kapali’s six wickets at an average of 21.83 is the best by a leg spinner in the BPL so far. That speaks volume of the veteran’s fitness and desire, but is also a comment on the BCB’s stance of leggies.
Shoaib Malik has found his groove and looks to have settled well. He made another valuable contribution to steer Royals’ ship to the shore against Sylhet Thunder in the last game. However, it was the opening pair of Liton Das and Afif Hossain who set the platform for a meagre chase.
Expect them to stick to the same starting XI, barring one change- the return of Andre Russell.
Chattogram Challengers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Just like Rajshahi, Chattogram, too, have their captain Mahmudullah on the injury list, but should be fit enough to have a say in the game.
Lendl Simmons and Junaid Siddique look to be the key for Chattogram. After adding 100 runs for the opening wicket in just 11 overs against Cumilla Warriors, they came up with another 69-run partnership to lay the foundation against Khulna Tigers. Simmons added 36 runs to his previous game’s score of 54.
However, it were the bowlers who had set up the platform for the win, restricting the heavy batting line-up to just 121. Mehedi Hasan Rana and Rubel Hossain picked up 3 wickets each while Kesrick Williams accounted for 2 scalps.
The onus will be on them to repeat the heroics against a mighty batting line-up of Rajshahi, who have the likes of Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik and Andres Russell in their clan.
Except for the return of Mahmudullah, Chattogram are expected to stick to the same team.
Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals predicted line-up
Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, Alok Kapali, Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Irfan, Kamrul Islam, Mohammad Nawaz, Liton Das, Irfan Sukkur (wk), Afif Hossain
Lendl Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Imrul Kayes (c), Rubel Hossain, Chadwick Walton, Ziaur Rahman, Nurul Hasan (wk), Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Kesrick Williams.
16 games have been played at venue in BPL 2019-20 over 2 legs.
Of the 16 games played at the venue in BPL 2019-20 before Tuesday, teams batting first have won 7 games while the chasing teams have won 9 times.
159 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 16 games.
BPL 2019-20: Chattogram Challengers vs Rajshahi Royals Prediction
- Chattogram’s Imrul Kayes is the 4th highest run getter in the current edition, having scored 289 runs at an average of 48. His teammate Chadwick Walton is just 15 runs behind him, having hit 19 sixes.
- Rajshahi’s Afif Hossain, Liton Das and Shoaib Malik are placed 8th, 9th and 10th in the run getter chart. Afif, who has scored 260 runs, is just 5 runs ahead of Liton, who in turn is just 1 ahead of Malik.
- Chattogram’s Mehedi Hasan Rana is joint top wicket taker in BPL 2019-20. He has picked 14 wickets, including 2 four-fer. Meanwhile, Rubel Hossain has taken 10 wickets.
- Rajshahi’s Andre Russell has taken 11 wickets despite missing a few games and can very well jump places in the top wicket taker list.