It will be a battle between two bottom-placed sides in the Bangladesh Premier League when Rangpur Rangers square off against the Sylhet Thunder in the 25th match of the tournament. Both teams will be seeking a turnaround after languishing at the bottom of the points table for the majority of the tournament. Both teams have kept losing matches at will which has forced them to occupy the last two spots respectively.
As the tournament reaches the final stages of the group league, both teams need to start winning pretty consistently to harbor hopes of going through to the last 4. There is an abundance of talent in both teams. However, they haven’t managed to gel as a unit which has resulted in their dismal performances. Come today, both teams will look to come all guns blazing and register their 2nd victory of the tournament.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The Sher-e Bangla Stadium in Dhaka has been a very sporting wicket. While the batters have scored some big runs in the tournament so far, the bowlers have also found enough purchase from this surface which has always kept them interested. The team winning the toss would be looking to chase which has been the general trend in T20’s.
Probable Playing XI’s
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi (C), Lewis Gregory, Fazle Mahmud, Shadman Islam, Jahurul Islam [wk], Mustafizur Rahman, Al Amin, Sanjit Saha
Andre Fletcher, Rubel Mia, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mosaddek Hossain (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Delwar Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Krishmar Santokie, Ebadot Hossain, Nazmul Islam
Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20
Match: Rangpur Rangers vs Sylhet Thunder
Date And Time: 30th December, Monday – 1:: 00 pm IST
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Nabi, Mustafizur Rahman
Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Mithun
Top 4 batting order
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi
Andre Fletcher, Rubel Mia, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Mithun
Shane Watson, Mohammad Nabi
Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles
Death over bowlers
Mustafizur Rahman, Al Amin
Krishmar Santokie, Ebadot Hossain
Mohammad Mithun and Andre Fletcher will be the first two wicket-keepers in our dream XI team. Mithun has been in superb touch for the majority of the tournament and has been scoring runs pretty consistently. He will be a pretty sensible pick in the dream XI team. On the other hand, Fletcher is also a powerful striker of the ball who can change the complexion of the game within a blink of an eye. He smashed an unbeaten century against the Khulna Tigers and has been scoring consistently.
Jahrul Islam will be the next pick in this segment. He is an experienced campaigner in the domestic circuit and has scored heaps of runs there. He hasn’t been in the best of touches in the tournament but today might just be the day.
The first two picks in the batsmen category are Shane Watson and Johnson Charles. So far Watson has just played a solitary game and didn’t manage to score big. However, given the stature of Watson, a big knock might just be around the corner. He is an exceptional top-order batsman who can hit sixes for fun. Johnson Charles has also looked in great touch and has carved out some exceptional knocks in the tournament so far. He smashed 73 against the Dhaka Platoon and a 90 against the Khulna Tigers.
The last two names in this category will be Mohammad Naim Sheikh and Sherfane Rutherford. Naim has been the find of the tournament and he has played the tournament with grace and consistency. The southpaw has looked in superb touch and will look to continue the good work. On the other hand, Sherfane Rutherford has played just a couple of matches so far but has already made a significant impact. He scored unbeaten 26 and 38 in the last two matches and also bagged a crucial wicket.
The only pick in the all-rounder’s category will be youngster Nayeem Hasan who has been pretty impressive. He has bowled well and on occasion has taken some important wickets for his team. Due to the strength of the batsmen, the likes of Mohammad Nabi and Lewis Gregory had to be omitted.
Mustafizur Rahman will start off our bowler’s category. The left-arm seamer is one of the finest wicket-takers for his country and after a few off games, the cutter specialist has finally got it going. In the last two matches, Mustafizur bagged 5 wickets and will look to make inroads even today.
The last two names in our dream XI team will be Ebadot Hossain and Sanjit Saha. Ebadot Hossain has bowled exceptional lines and lengths and has picked wickets in almost every match. He has bagged 7 wickets in the tournament so far. On the other hand youngster, Sanjit Saha has been impressive in the limited opportunities he has received so far. The 22-year-old has played 3 matches and has bagged 3 important wickets in the process.
Captain and Vice-captain
Andre Fletcher will be the captain for the day while Shane Watson will be the vice-captain.
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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.