Bangladesh Premier League Prediction (BPL 2019): Rajshahi Royals vs Sylhet Thunder
December 13, 2019
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
After a thumping win against Dhaka Platoon in their BPL 2019-20 opener, Rajshahi Royals face Sylhet Thunder in the 2nd game of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20. Their bowlers did an excellent job before the batsmen finished a clinical performance.
While, the Royals are coming on the brink of a big win Sylhet Thunder would be eager to bounce back to winning ways after succumbing to an Imrul Kayes special in the BPL 2019-20 opener against Chattogram Challengers.
Rajshahi Royals’s performance in BPL 2019-20:
It was the bowling unit that laid the foundations for the victory with all of them playing their part with either wickets or economical bowling, and with seven different squad members bowling, they demonstrated their depth and quality.
The Royals have been boosted by the fact that all of their key players are available right from the start of the tournament and a batting line-up of Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara and Andre Russell is as strong as any in the tournament. They will likely be unchanged for this match.
Sylhet Thunder’s performance in BPL 2019-20:
West Indian big-hitter Sherfane Rutherford is expected to be available after the Caribbean contingent that were playing T20s for their country against India arrived on Wednesday evening following the final T20i and he should start here.
His arrival will significantly bolster the batting line-up which did look a little light in the opening match but his inclusion is welcome although they will want more from compatriot Krishmar Santokie who had a poor debut in the opening match with some wayward bowling.
Rajshahi Royals vs Sylhet Thunder Predicted Line-up:
Liton Das (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell (c), Ravi Bopara, Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Minhajul Abedin Afridi.
Sherfane Rutherford, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Mosaddek Hossain (c), Rony Talukdar, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain.
Pitch Report for today's BPL:
148 domestic T20 games have been played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Teams batting first have won 70 while the chasing team have won 77 games.
Average first innings score this season is 153.25.
3 of the games played in BPL 2019-20 have been won by teams batting second.
The wicket is considered to favour the spinners. Hence, the team winning the toss will be looking forward to batting first and posting a competitive total on a spin-friendly wicket.
Rajshahi Royals vs Sylhet Thunder: Today's Match Prediction
- Rajshahi’s Alok Kapali and Ravi Bopara were outstanding with the ball in the opener. They conceded just 33 runs in the 7 overs they bowled. They picked up just 2 wickets but laid the foundation for other bowlers.
- Hazratullah Zazai scored 56 in the opener and is likely to continue that run.
- Shoaib Malik and Liton Das also scored in 30s as Rajshahi won by 9 wickets.
- Thunder’s Mohammad Mithun was outstanding in the opener against Chattogram Challengers. He smashed 84 runs off 48 balls. Meanwhile, Johnson Charles scored 35 runs. Expect them to contribute again.
- Nazmul Islam picked up 2 wickets for Thunder in the last BPL game.