We are just a couple of days away from the start of the playoffs of the 7th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League and later in the day, it will be Cumilla Warriors who will fight it out against Khulna Tigers in the 40th match of the tournament. While Khulna Tigers have almost qualified for the playoffs, Cumilla Warriors need a miracle to go through to the last 4. Warriors have to win the match in the first place and then hope the other results go their way.
On the other hand, if Khulna Tigers manages to win this encounter, they will confirm their entry into the last 4. Khulna Tigers have been pretty impressive in the tournament so far which has largely been possible due to the brilliance of their batsmen.
The form of Rilee Rossouw has been a great positive for the Tigers. The southpaw smashed a quickfire 71 in the previous clash and will look to carry on his rich vein of form. We can expect a humdinger when two teams square off in a few hours time.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The pitch at the Sher-e Bangla Stadium in Dhaka has produced sporting wickets which have helped both batsmen and the bowlers. On occasions, it hasn’t been the easiest pitch to bat on. However, if the batsmen apply themselves then run-scoring can become relatively easy. Meanwhile, the team winning the toss could be tempted to bowl.
Probable Playing XI’s
Stiaan van Zyl, Dawid Malan (C), Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, David Wiese, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Hider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK&C), Najibullah Zadran, Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Aliss Islam
Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20
Match: Cumilla Warriors vs Khulna Tigers
Date And Time: 10th January, Friday– 6: 00 pm IST
Venue: Sher-e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, David Weise, , Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Amir
Top 4 batting order
Stiaan van Zyl, Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman
Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim
Dawid Malan, David Weise
Rilee Rossouw, Najibullah Zadran
Death over bowlers
Al Amin Hossain, Sunzamul Islam
Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam
Mushfiqur Rahim will be the undisputed wicket-keeper in our dream XI team. Rahim has been pretty impressive in the tournament so far and his experience will come in very handy in the all-important clash.
Dawid Malan and Rilee Rossouw will be the first two batters in our dream XI team. Malan is currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 436 runs in 10 innings at an average of 54.50 and a strike rate of 114.85. On the other hand, Rossouw is the 2nd highest run-scorer in the tourney so far.
The southpaw has scored 411 runs in 10 innings at an average of 58.71 and a strike rate of 157.47. Hence these two players are automatic choices in the dream XI team.
The last player in this category is Yasir Ali Chowdhury. He is an impressive young player who has the ability to hit the big shots. He scored a stroke-filled 27 in the previous clash and will look to make an impact in today’s encounter.
Soumya Sarkar, Robbie Frylinck and Mehedi Hasan Miraz will be the three all-rounders in our dream XI team. Sarkar has been in great all-round form in the tournament so far. The southpaw has been scoring consistently and has also bagged some crucial wickets. He could also be the captain of the side.
Robbie Frylinck finished with his best BPL figures when he bagged his maiden five-wicket haul and finished with 5/16 in his allotted 4 overs. He was at his exceptional best and will look to replicate his performance against the same team Khulna Tigers.
On the other hand, Mehedi Hasan Miraz has also done a great job ever since being elevated as the opener. He is also an impressive off-spinner who has bagged some important wickets in the tournament. He could be a sensible pick in any dream XI team.
Al Amin Hossain and Mohammad Amir will be first two bowlers in our dream XI team. Al Amin Hossain has been among the wickets in the tournament so far and will be an important cog for his team. Amir is an experienced campaigner and bagged two crucial wickets in the previous encounter. He has been a consistent wicket-taker in the tournament so far and will look to come up with the goods later today.
Shafiul Islam and Aliss Islam will be the last two players in our dream XI team. Shafiul has been a good bowler for Bangladesh and has bagged some very important wickets. On the other hand, Aliss Islam is a relatively unknown commodity. However given the team combination, we had to pick him to accommodate other match winners.
Captain and Vice-captain
Soumya Sarkar will be the captain of the day while Rilee Rossouw will be the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.