Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Sylhet Thunder vs Rajshahi Royals
January 4, 2020
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
The 34th match of the BPL 2019-20 will see bottom placed Sylhet Thunder host 2nd placed Rajshahi Royals on Saturday.
Sylhet Thunder are already out of race to qualify for the knockout stages, after losing 9 of the 10 games played in BPL 2019-20. They are coming on the back of a 38-run defeat, suffered at the hands of Rangpur Rangers. However, they will be playing in front of the home fans and will be keen to give them some enjoyable moments.
Rajshahi Royals, on the other hand, will be aiming to go on top of BPL 2019-20 points table. They are currently behind Dhaka Platoon because of poor net run rate. The Royals registered a 30-run win over Rangpur Rangers in their last outing.
The Royals secured a thumping 8-wicket win over Sylhet Thunder when the two teams faced each other earlier this season.
Sylhet Thunder performance in BPL 2019-20:
The side has struggled to make an impact as a unit in this year’s competition. Against Rangpur Rangers, Sylhet Thunder batting struggled to get going and conceded yet another defeat in the tournament.
Chasing a mammoth 200 runs to win, Andre Fletcher and Abdul Mazid perished for low scores to see Sylhet Thunder get off to a poor start. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Mithun scored 30 runs off 22 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Batting all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford produced valiant innings despite losing wickets at the other end. He played exceedingly well and scored 60 runs off 37 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
Sohag Gazi, Rony Talukdar and Shafiqullah Shafiq will have to produce crucial scores for the side in this contest.
Medium pacer Ebadat Hussain was the pick of the bowlers against Rangpur Rangers. He picked up two wickets and conceded 30 runs in his four overs. Sherfane Rutherford and Monir Hussain bowled well and claimed one wicket each.
Rajshahi Royals performance in BPL 2019-20:
The franchise will be looking to clinch top spot in the Bangladesh Premier league table when they take on Sylhet Thunder on Saturday. The side will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball against Sylhet Thunder.
Rajshahi Royals managed to post a competitive score of 179 for 4 in 20 overs, courtesy splendid batting performances from Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara.
Shoaib Malik had a decent all-round performance.
Wicket-keeper Irfan Sukkur and Mohammad Nawaz also chipped in with crucial cameos with the bat.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz. Left-arm orthodox spinner Mohammad Nawaz bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 21 in his four overs against Rangpur Rangers.
Sylhet Thunder vs Rajshahi Royals predicted line-up
Andre Fletcher, Abdul Mazid, Mohammad Mithun, Rony Talukdar, Sohag Gazi, Sherfane Rutherford, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Nayeem Hasan, Krishmar Santokie, Monir Hossain, Ebadat Hossain
Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Sukkur (wk), Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nawaz, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Irfan, Abu Jayed, Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam
4 games have been played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet during BPL 2019-20. Three of them have been won by the batting first while the other one was decided by Super Over after both teams scored 140 runs in their respective overs.
173 is the average 1st inning score at the venue during BPL 2019-20.
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: Sylhet Thunder vs Rajshahi Royals Prediction
- Mohammad Mithun has scored 284 runs in 10 innings at an average of 35.50 and is 6th the BPL 2019-20 batting chart.
- Ebadat Hossain has picked 13 wickets in 10 games and is 3rd highest wicket-taker of BPL 2019-20 so far.
- Andre Russell has scored 122 runs in 6 innings at an average of 61 and massive striker rate of almost 180.
- Johnson Charles has scored 18 sixes in the tournament so far, second only Chattogram Challengers Chadwick Walton (19).
- Just 186 runs were scored when these two teams faced each other earlier this season. The Royals chased 92 runs target in just 10.5 overs.
- Liton Das scored 44* off just 26 balls at a strike rate of almost 170 against Sylhet Thunder earlier this season.