Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers

January 3, 2020

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet

Dhaka Platoon and Khulna Tigers are ready to clash in the 31st match of the BPL 2019-20 on Friday.

Dhaka Platoon registered a 74-run win against Rajshahi Royals in their last fixture, courtesy splendid performances from Tamim Iqbal, Asif Ali and Wahab Riaz. With this win, Dhaka Platoon are currently lying third in the league table with 8 points to their name.

On the other hand, Khulna Tigers registered a comfortable eight-wicket win against Sylhet Thunder due to scintillating innings from Mehidy Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto. Khulna Tigers are currently lying second in the points table and will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this contest.

Dhaka Platoon’s performance in BPL 2019-20:

Dhaka Platoon will be looking to deliver another strong performance as they are currently placed on the third position on the league table, but a win could help them clinch top spot in the competition. 

In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper Anamul Haque to produce the goods for the team, as they’ve scored 293 and 157 runs respectively at averages of 58.60 and 19.62.

In the previous encounter, Tamim Iqbal was the standout performer with the bat for the side against Rajshahi Royals. He delivered a scintillating inning to help Dhaka Platoon post a competitive score on the board. The Left-hander remained unbeaten till the end and finished the innings with the top-score of 68 not out off 52 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He put on a 90-run partnership with Asif Ali to see Dhaka Platoon post 174 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Asif Ali finding form with the bat in the previous fixture must be good news for Dhaka Platoon going into this match, as he has the ability to score big runs in the later stages of the innings. Against Rajshahi Royals, Asif Ali smashed unbeaten 55 off 28 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes.

On the other hand, pacers Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasan Mahmud and Wahab Riaz to deliver breakthroughs with the new ball. 

Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz claimed a five-wicket haul and conceded just eight runs in 3.4 overs.

Khulna Tigers performance in BPL 2019-20:

Mushfiqur Rahim-led unit will be high on confidence after registering an impressive eight-wicket win against Sylhet Thunder, courtesy Shahidul Islam’s brilliant spell and Mehidy Hasan’s splendid 87 runs. 

The team will be depending on the likes of Rilee Rossouw (274 runs at an average of 54.80) and Mushfiqur Rahim (216 runs at an average of 54.00) to produce the goods from the top, whereas all-rounder Robbie Frylinck will be expected to provide fireworks in the later stages of the innings.

Makeshift opener Mehidy Hasan was the standout performer for the side in the previous game played against Sylhet Thunder. He delivered a majestic 87 not out off 62 balls with the help of nine boundaries and three boundaries. Mehidy put on a mammoth 115 run partnership with Najmul Hossain Shanto to see Khulna Tigers get off to a flying start in the chase.

Najmul Hossain played a supporting role to Mehidy Hasan and scored 41 runs off 31 balls with the help of five boundaries.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Amir, Robbie Frylinck and Shahidul Islam to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest. 

Medium-pacer Shahidul Islam has topped the bowling charts for the side so far in the competition with 12 wickets at an average of 18.25. Tanvir Islam and Shafiul Islam are other bowling options for the side for this game.

Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers predicted line-up

Dhaka Platoon

Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Anamul Haque (wk), Luis Reece, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud

Khulna Tigers

Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Amir, Rilee Rossouw, Shafiul Islam, Robbie Frylinck, Najibullah Zadran, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Tanvir Islam

Pitch Report:

After 28 games played at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, BPL 2019-20 goes to Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet for next 6 games. 

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: Dhaka Platoon vs Khulna Tigers Predictions

  1. Shahidul Islam is third in the bowling charts of BP 2019-20 so far in the competition with 12 wickets at an average of 18.25.
  2. Tamim Iqbal has scored 293 runs in 7 innings and is currently BPL 2019-20 2nd leading run scorer, only behind Cumilla Warriors’ Dawid Malan.
  3. Rilee Rossouw has scored 274 runs in 7 innings and is at number 4 in BPL 2019-20 batting chart so far.
  4. Wahab Riaz claimed a five-wicket haul and conceded just eight runs in 3.4 overs against Rajshahi Royals and is currently the leading wicket-taker for the Platoon with 10 wickets so far.
  5. Dawid Malan has hit 17 sixes in BPL 2019-20 so far is currently 2 behind leader Chadwick Walton.

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