Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals, Qualifier 1
January 13, 2020, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
After battling for just over a month, Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals have qualified for the qualifier 1 of BPL 2019-20, having topped the points tally. They are joined by Chattogram Challengers and Dhaka Platoon in the playoffs.
It’s time for the playoffs of the BPL 2019-20 and the Tigers take on Rajshahi Royals with one of 2 final places up for grab. The winner gets a direct entry with the loser getting another shot at it taking on the winner of the eliminator.
No side is the clear favourite. They both signed off their group stage campaign with wins while the head to head in the current edition was also shared. Interestingly, none of the 2 sides have won the BPL so far.
Khulna Tigers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Khulna Titans have won their last three consecutive matches and have been in the terrific form of late.
Rilee Rossouw (458 runs) and Mushfiqur Rahim (449 runs) are the top two run-scorers in the BPL this season. Their middle order is hugely untested due to their top order’s performance.
Mehidy Hasan has been brilliant in the last three matches with scores of 45, 74* & 39. He has formed crucial partnerships with the other batsmen in all three matches.
Robbie Frylinck and Shafidul Islam lead the wickets chart with 18 & 17 wickets respectively. Mohammed Amir and Shafiul Islam have chipped in with wickets regularly and are a vital cog in their bowling attack.
Robbie Frylinck has peaked at the right time with 8 wickets in the last three matches and will look to continue his good form in the play-offs too. He can also smash some quick runs at the far end of the match.
Rajshahi Royals performance in BPL 2019-20:
Rajshahi Royals have won 3 of their last 4 games and chased down 156 in their last game with 8 wickets in hand, courtesy another splendid performance from Liton Das.
Afif Hossain (347 runs) and Shoaib Malik (352 runs) are playing well and have scored 300+ runs this season so far.
Andre Russell and Ravi Bopara together form a dangerous duo in the middle order. They have a lot of bowling options and used around 8 bowlers in the last match with 5 of them picking wickets.
Mohammed Irfan has 8 wickets so far at an economy of just 6.2 RPO. Irfan is bowling in the powerplay and still going around just 6 RPO and he will be a tough bowler to face due to his tall frame.
Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals, qualifier 1 predicted XI:
Khulna Tigers: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shamsur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Robbie Frylinck, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shahidul Islam
Rajshahi Royals: Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell, Alok Kapali, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Mohammad Irfan, Abu Jayed
Of the 8 games played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka in the third phase of BPL 2019-20, 4 games were won by the team batting first while the other 4 are won by team chasing the total.
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.
BPL 2019-20:Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals, Qualifier 1
- Robbie Frylinck and Shafidul Islam lead the wickets chart – 2nd and 3rd – with 18 & 17 wickets respectively.
- Rilee Rossouw and Mushfiqur Rahim are leading the BPL 2019-20 batting charts so far, with 458 and 449 runs respectively.
- Liton Das has scored 422 runs and is the leading run-getter for Khulna Tigers this season so far.
- Each team won a game once during their two league games in BPL 2019-20.
- Andre Russell picked 4 wickets against Khulna Tigers during their last clash.