We have already come to the business end of the 7th edition of Bangladesh Premier League, it will be a battle between Sylhet Thunder and Cumilla Warriors as we gear up for the 35th match of the tournament. As far as Sylhet Thunder is concerned, they have nothing but pride to play for as it has been a season to forget for them. Having lost 10 out of the 11 matches in the tournament so far, it has been a disastrous campaign for them regardless to say.
Despite having a good bunch of players in their ranks, Sylhet Thunder has been thrashed black and blue and hasn’t managed an answer in front of most of the teams. They fought well in the previous encounter but eventually fell short in the end. On the other hand, Cumilla Warriors are coming off a two-match winning streak which will be a huge booster for them. Having occupied the 5th position in the points table, it will be a very important game for the Cumilla Warriors.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The Sher-e Bangla Stadium in Dhaka has witnessed a good battle between the bat and the ball which has meant that there is something on offer for everyone. Meanwhile, the dew has played an important part in the majority of the matches. In all likelihood, the team winning the toss will be tempted to chase given the fact that 9 of the last 16 matches played at this venue has been won by teams batting 2nd.
Probable Playing XI’s
Dawid Malan is available for today’s match after returning from England. He went to visit his ailing wife and is now available for selection. He is expected to lead the Warriors.
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
Andre Fletcher (C), Abdul Mazid, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Delwar Hossain, Nazmul Islam, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain
Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20
Match: Cumilla Warriors vs Sylhet Thunder
Date And Time: 7th January, Tuesday– 1: 00 pm IST
Venue: Sher-e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, David Weise, Mujeeb-ur Rahman
Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun, Sherfane Rutherford
Top 4 batting order
Stiaan van Zyl, Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman
Andre Fletcher, Abdul Mazid, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun
Dawid Malan, David Weise
Andre Fletcher, Sherfane Rutherford
Death over bowlers
Abu Hider Rony, Al-Amin Hossain
Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain
Andre Fletcher and Mohammad Mithun will be the two wicket-keepers in our dream XI team. Mithun is having a pretty consistent tournament with the bat and has looked in great touch. However, his efforts haven’t been enough to get his side to a comfortable position in the tournament.
Infact both these players have looked in great touch but haven’t quite managed to leave a match-winning impact. Fletcher has been consistent as. He smashed a century in Sylhet Thunder’s only victory of the tournament so far.
Sherfane Rutherford and Stian Van Zyl are the first two batsmen in our dream XI team. Rutherford is a powerful striker of the ball and has had a good all-round tournament so far. In the last match against Warriors, Rutherford bagged 3 important wickets besides scoring 15. Van Zyl is yet to impress in the tournament but has the qualities of coming good. He will look to come up with a substantial performance today.
Dawid Malan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury will be the next two batters in our dream XI team. Malan is a power-packed batsman and has made a significant impact in the tournament so far. He is a fine striker of the ball and his return will surely bolster Cumilla Warriors ahead of an all-important clash. On the other hand, Yasir Ali is a wild card choice especially given the fact that he hasn’t done anything worthwhile. However, he is a good striker of the ball and today might just be his day.
The two all-rounders in our dream XI team will be Soumya Sarkar and David Weise. Soumya is one of the finest Bangladesh cricketers. He bats at the top order and has the ability to hit the big shots on a consistent basis. Sarkar also bowls some important overs in the middle and is the perfect all-round player a team can have. Meanwhile, Wiese is also an important T20 player who has the ability to turn the match with both bat and the ball.
Al Amin Hossain, Naveen-ul-Haq and Mujeeb ur Rahman will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Al Amin has been pretty impressive in the tournament and bagged two crucial wickets for just 30 runs against Sylhet Thunder. He has been among the wickets and will look to make an impact later today.
Naveen-ul Haq has been an impressive young player from Afghanistan who has bagged some crucial wickets in the tournament. On the other hand, Mujeeb ur Rahman was at his exceptional best in the last match against Thunder as finished with magical figures of 4/12 in his quota of 4 overs.
Captain and Vice-captain
Captain : David Malan
Vice Captain : S Rutherford ( IF SYL Bats First ) / S Sarkar (If CUW Bats First)