Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Sylhet Thunder vs Rangpur Rangers
January 3, 2020
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
The 32nd match of the BPL 2019-20 season will be played between bottom placed Sylhet Thunder and 2nd last Rangpur Rangers.
After winning two back to back games, Rangpur Rangers were defeated by Rajshahi Royals by 30 runs in their last outing. Rangers have won just two of the nine games this season and are sixth in the BPL 2019-20 points table.
Sylhet Thunder, on the other hand, have won just one of their nine games and lost their last match in Super Over against Cumilla Warriors.
It will be the second meeting of the teams in BPL 2019-20, Rangpur Rangers secured a comfortable 7-wicket win in the first meeting.
Sylhet Thunder performance in BPL 2019-20:
Sylhet Thunder came agonisingly close to pulling off a shock victory over Cumilla Warriors but in what would have been just their second win of this year’s competition, they succumbed to defeat in a Super Over.
Some strong bowling efforts saw Thunder restrict the Warriors to 140/9 with Sherfane Rutherford the pick as the youngster ended with superb figures of 3-19 from this four-over spell.
Having recovered from 5/2 and 33/5, Sylhet scored a run with the final delivery of their innings to tie the scores and force the Super Over but could only muster seven runs which Cumilla surpassed with a ball to spare.
Rangpur Rangers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Rangpur Rangers were unable to make it three wins in a row as they fell to a defeat against Rajshahi Royals which makes it very difficult for them to qualify for the play-offs and they will need to win-out from this point as well as hoping other results go their way.
Rangers struggled with the ball without the presence of Andre Russell and failed to deal with the danger men for the Royals as Ravi Bopara ended up unbeaten on 50 which contributed to a score of 179/4.
That proved too much to chase down with Rangers getting off to a poor start after skipper Shane Watson fell for just two and with the loss of constant wickets affecting them, they could not muster the runs quickly enough as they suffered a 30-run loss.
Sylhet Thunder vs Rangpur Rangers predicted line-up
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson, Cameron Delport, Tom Abell, Fazle Mahmud, Mohammad Nabi, Al-Amin, Jahurul Islam (wk), Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Rony Talukdar, Sherfane Rutherford, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Sohag Gazi, Nayeem Hasan, Monir Hossain, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain
10 T20I matches have been played at the venue and only 2 of them has been won by the team batting first while 7 times the team chasing the total have emerged winner.
Off the two games played at the venue on Thursday, Rajshahi Royals won the first game by 30 runs, defending a total of 179 while the second game ended with a Super Over after both teams score 140 runs each in their respective 20 overs.
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 Rangpur Rangers Prediction
- 267 runs were scored when both sides met each other earlier this season and only 30 boundaries were hit in that game.
- Cameron Delport scored 63 runs off just 28 balls at a strike rate of 225 against Sylhet Thunder. His inning included 6 fours and 5 maximums.
- Mohammad Mithun scored 62 runs against Rangpur Rangers earlier this season.
- Mustafizur Rahman picket three wickets and gave just 10 runs in his 4 overs against Sylhet Thunder. He has picked 14 wickets in his 9 innings so far, level with Mehedi Hasan Rana at the top of BPL 2019-20 bowling chart.
- Mohammad Naim scored 38* against Sylhet Thunder and has accumulated 296 runs in his 9 innings in BPL 2019-20 at an average of 37, second highest run getter to the tournament so far.