Bangladesh Premier League Prediction (BPL 2019): Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals
December 12, 2019
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Two of the most-strongest sides, at least on paper, will face each other in the 3rd game of BPL 2019 when Dhaka Platoons face Rajshahi Royals on Thursday.
Dhaka do not look quite as strong as last season but the same could be said for most teams with less stars coming to Bangladesh this time around. They do however boast an outstanding bowling attack that will be extremely difficult for many teams to deal with. The Royals have real depth due to their numerous quality all-rounders and that could just about give them the edge here.
Dhaka Platoon’s performance in BPL 2019:
Dhaka Platoon have been the most successful side in the BPL’s history. They have won the title 3 times out of the 6 editions played and were also the runners up on 2 other occasions.
The team that lost out in the final last season was loaded of quality but they will have to do without the likes of
They have lost Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell from last year while Shakib Al Hasan is serving a two-year suspension right now.
They do however have an outstanding bowling attack at their disposal – easily the best in the tournament – which will be led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and he is joined by Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan, while they have a whole host of quality players like Asif Ali, Laurie Evans and Thisara Perera who are all matchwinners in their own right.
Rajshahi Royals performance in BPL 2019:
Rajshahi Royals have not had a great deal of success in previous editions of this tournament but they have shown they mean business with the team they have drafted which includes star T20 specialist Andre Russell who will skipper the side.
Russell has decided to prioritise this shorter tournament over the Big Bash and he is joined by the likes of big-hitting opener Hazratullah Zazai, the wily veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, and two more quality all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Ravi Bopara which provides them with exceptional depth with both bat and ball.
They possess a strong group of local players to boost them even further as Liton Das will form a dangerous opening partnership with Hazratullah while Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam add more quality to the team.
Shoaib Malik will join the team following the failure of his Jozi Stars in MSL.
Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals Predicted Line-up:
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Thisara Perera, Raqibul Hasan, Mominul Haque, Asif Ali, Jaker Ali, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Mahedi Hasan.
Farhad Reza, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Irfan, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell (C), Taijul Islam, Mohammad Nawaz, Liton Das, Nahidul Islam, Afif Hossain, Hazratullah Zazai.
Pitch Report for today's BPL:
144 domestic T20 games have been played at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka (before the BPL 2019-20 began)
Teams batting first have won 69 while the chasing team have won 74 games.
Average first innings score is 147.
Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals: Today's Match Prediction
- Dhaka have won 48 of the 79 games they have played in the tournament. They have won 4 of the 5 games they have played against Rajshahi.
- Meanwhile, Rajshahi Royals have lost 33 of the 63 games they have played.
- Dhaka’s Tamim Iqbal is the leading run scorer in BPL 2019. He holds the record for the 2nd highest individual score in the BPL– 141 hit last year.
- Tamim Iqbal has the opportunity to overcome Sabbir Rahman and go 2nd in the most sixes hit list- only behind Chris Gayle. His 17 50s are the most in the series.
- Mashrafe Mortaza has taken 73 wickets in the series, including 22 in BPL 2018-19.
- Rajshahi’s Andre Russell hit 28 sixes last season while playing for Dhaka.