It will be a battle between two extremes of the fulcrum as we approach the 38th match of the 7th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. It will be a battle between table a top side in the tournament and a team who have faltered for the major part of the tournament. Rangpur Rangers produced some good performances in the recent past. However, they haven’t been consistent enough which means that they only have very slim chances of going through to the playoffs.
Dhaka Platoon has a good bunch of players who have risen to the occasion. They have won 6 out of the 9 matches they have played so far and will look to build on their position of strength when they meet a relatively weakened Rangpur Rangers. A victory in today’s match will ensure Dhaka Platoon’s smooth qualification into the next round. We can expect a good match later today.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The pitch at the Sher-e Bangla Stadium in Dhaka has produced sporting wickets in the past where bowlers and batsmen have both enjoyed their time out there. The team winning the toss should be looking to field especially keeping in mind the trend of this stadium.
Probable Playing XI’s
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (C & WK), Mominul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Mashrafe Mortaza, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Mahmud, Shadab Khan
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson (c), Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Fazle Mahmud, Al-Amin, Jahurul Islam (WK), Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20
Match: Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers
Date And Time: 8th January, Tuesday– 6: 00 pm IST
Venue: Sher-e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
Tamim Iqbal, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Faheem Ashraf
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson, Mohammad Nabi, Mustafizur Rahman
Top 4 batting order
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahedi Hasan
Mohammad Naim, Shane Watson (c), Cameron Delport, Lewis Gregory
Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera
Shane Watson, Cameron Delport
Death over bowlers
Mashrafe Mortaza, Thisara Perera
Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Anamul Haque will be the default wicket-keeper in our dream XI team. None of the top class wicket players is expected to play. Hence Anamul could be a sensible option.
Tamim Iqbal, Asif Ali and Cameron Delport will be the first three batsmen in our dream XI team. Tamim doesn’t need an introduction. He is a powerful striker of the ball and has the ability to turn the game on its head with his strokeplay. The southpaw scored a masterly unbeaten 68 against the table-toppers Rajshahi Royals.
On the other hand, Asif Ali from Pakistan has looked in good touch. He scored unbeaten 39 and 55 against Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals respectively. He is a fine striker of the ball. Meanwhile, Cameron Delport is another power-packed customer. Delport scored 25 and chipped in with a wicket in the previous clash against Thunder.
The next two picks will be Mohammad Naim and Mominul Haque. Naim has impressed all and sundry with his crisp strokeplay. Naim looked in great touch and scored 42, 27, 55 and 38* in the last 4 matches. Mominul who plays the sheet anchor’s role to perfection played sensibly against the Tigers when he scored 38.
Thisara Perera and Mohammad Nabi will be the all-rounders of the day. Both are match-winners on their days and is expected to have a significant impact on this match. Perera is a powerful striker of the ball and is also a wicket-taker. He bagged 5/30 and ended up scoring a 17 balls 42 in one of the earlier matches in the tournament.
On the other hand, Mohammad Nabi is having a great all-round season. He provides some important runs and also chips in with some important overs in the middle. The all-rounder will play an important role later today.
Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf will form our bowling unit for the dream XI team. Cutter specialist Mustafizur has been a wicket-taking option for his captain this season. The left-arm seamer will look to continue his wicket-taking spree.
Taskin Ahmed bagged two important wickets in the previous clash against Thunder. He also bagged a four-wicket haul against table-toppers Rajshahi Royals. Meanwhile the last pick in our team Faheem Ashraf is a wicket-taking option as well. He has played only one match in the tournament so far.
Captain and Vice-captain
Tamim Iqbal will be the captain of the day while Thisara Perera 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, pitch report 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.