Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Rajshahi Royals vs Rangpur Rangers
January 2, 2020
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Rajshahi Royals and Rangpur Rangers will battle it out in the 29th match of Bangladesh Premier League at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Thursday.
Rajshahi Royals have lost two matches in a row and will be looking to make a strong comeback in this contest.
On the other hand, Rangpur Rangers registered a 47-run win over Rajshahi Royals in the previous BPL 2019-20 match, courtesy splendid performances from Mohammad Naim, Lewis Gregory and Taskin Ahmed. Captain Shane Watson will be hoping that the side can maintain their winning momentum in this contest.
Rajshahi Royals performance in BPL 2019-20:
Despite two defeats in a row, Royals are currently lying fourth in the league table with 10 points to their name. Captain Andre Russell will be hoping that side can learn from their mistakes and get back to winning ways against Rangpur Rangers.
Wicket-keeper Liton Das has been a consistent performer for the side at the top of the innings so far this season. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 236 runs in 8 innings at an average of 33.71. Afif Hossain and Shoaib Malik have delivered match-winning performances for the side in this year’s competition.
In the previous game, Alok Kapali played well and scored 31 runs off 28 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes, whereas Ravi Bopara scored 28 off 19 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Afif Hossain and Farhad Raza to make crucial breakthroughs.
Rangpur Rangers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Shane Watson will be pleased with his side’s performance with bat and ball against Rajshahi Royals. The side has registered consecutive victories on the bounce and will be looking to do more of the same in this game.
In the batting department, Rangers will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Naim, Lewis Gregory and Cameron Delport to do the bulk of the scoring.
Mohammad Naim played well and scored a half-century to help Rangers post a competitive score on the board. Naim finished the innings with the top-score of 55 runs off 47 balls with the help of six fours and one six.
Cameron Delport provided adequate support to Naim and scored 31 runs off 17 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Lewis Gregory also delivered a crucial inning and kept the scoreboard ticking for Rangers. He scored 28 runs off 17 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Mohammad Nabi, Al-Amin and wicket-keeper Jahurul Islam also delivered crucial cameos to help Rangers post 182 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Lewis Gregory to make crucial breakthroughs. Mohammad Nabi and Arafat Sunny have done well as spinners for the side this season.
Rajshahi Royals vs Rangpur Rangers predicted line-up
Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Andre Russell, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson, Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Jahurul Islam (wk), Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
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: Rajshahi Royals vs Rangpur Rangers Predictions
- Liton Das has scored 236 runs in 8 innings at an average of 33.71 and is currently leading run scorer for Rajshahi Royals this season.
- 317 runs were scored in the game match when both sides met each other and 38 boundaries were scored in that game.
- Mohammad Naim scored 55 runs against Rajshahi Royals and has accumulated 269 runs in 8 innings, leading the batting charts for Rangpur Rangers this season.
- Mustafizur Rahman even though failed to pick a wicket against Rajshahi Royals but gave just 16 runs in his 4 overs including a maiden over. He has picked 12 wickets in 8 innings and is 2nd on tournament’s bowling chart.
- Lewis Gregory picked two wickets and scored 27 runs at a strike rate of almost 165 against Rajshahi Royals.