Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Cumilla Warriors vs Khulna Tigers
January 8, 2020
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
After beating Sylhet Thunder in the last game to keep their Play-offs hopes alive, Cumilla Warriors take on Khulna Tigers in their penultimate game of BPL 2019-20, before facing them again in the last game on January 10. It looks like a virtual knockout game for the Warriors as the Tigers seem to be their direct opposition in the race to next round.
Meanwhile, Khulna Tigers are coming on the back of a 6-wicket loss against Chattogram Challengers and a defeat here might take their fortunes out of their hands. 2 back to back defeats have made things difficult for them.
Cumilla Warriors performance in BPL 2019-20:
Dawid Malan has led the Warriors’ batting, having scored 435 runs. He missed one game due to personal reasons, but made a brilliant comeback. Soumya Sarkar has ably supported him with 2 half-centuries. However, the rest of the batting has struggled.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, as expected, has been their star performer. He has taken 14 wickets at an economy of five. Al-Amin Hossain and Soumya Sarkar have supported him and have a combined tally of 23 wickets.
Khulna Tigers performance in BPL 2019-20:
The Tigers have depended heavily on Rilee Rossouw and Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting department. They have a combined tally of 649 runs with six half-centuries. The rest of the batting has looked out of sorts. Khulna’s experiments with their opening partners have gone haywire as well.
Robbie Frylinck has added some useful runs lower down the order. Frylinck also has been one of their key wicket-takers with 10 wickets. Shahidul Islam didn’t play the last game, but is their leading wicket-taker. Shafiul has an economy of 8.70 though the fast bowler has seven wickets in his kitty.
Cumilla Warriors vs Khulna Tigers predicted line-up
Upul Tharanga, Dawid Malan (C), Soumya Sarkar, Fardeen Hasan, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, David Wiese, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Hider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, Shamsur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Robbie Frylinck, Aamer Yamin, Alauddin Babu, Shafiul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Aliss 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.
Average first innings score during the last 6 games– 163.
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
BPL 2019-20: Cumilla Warriors vs Khulna Tigers Prediction
- Warriors’ Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the 4th leading wicket taker in BPL 2019-20. He has picked up 14 wickets. Al-Amin Hossain and Soumya Sarkar also among the top 10.
- Shahidul Islam has picked 12 wickets for Khulna Tigers and Robbie Frylinck has taken 10.
- Warriors’ Dawid Malan is the top scorer of BPL 2019-20 with 435 runs. Soumya Sarkar is 11th but has a great chance to climb up the ladder. One big score will see him jump at least 5-6 spots.
- Tigers’ Rilee Rossouw and Mushfiqur Rahim are also in the list, having scored 340 and 309 runs respectively.
- Malan needs just 2 six to overcome Johnson Charles as the highest six hitter in BPL 2019-20.