The 32nd match of the Bangladesh Premier League will be a battle between two strugglers of the tournament when Sylhet Thunder square off against Rangpur Rangers. Sylhet Thunder is on the verge of getting knocked out from the tournament after losing 6 of the 7 games they have played so far. Sylhet needs to win all their remaining matches and hopes a few results go their way if they harbour any hopes of going through to the next 4.
On the other hand, Rangpur Rangers hasn’t fared well at all despite some big names in their ranks. Rangpur has managed to win just 3 matches and needs to win their remaining matches to keep themselves in contention for the playoffs berth. Given the fact that both teams boast of some formidable names in the shortest format of the game, it surely baffles me that how both these teams are languishing at the bottom of the points table.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The pitch is expected to favour the batsmen especially given the fact that we have seen several high scoring games at this venue in the last two years. The bowlers have found it pretty difficult and it should be no different when the two teams meet later today. The team winning the toss should look to chase given the tradition of the Sylhet track.
Probable Playing XI’s
Andre Fletcher sustained a head injury in the previous game and is expected to miss today’s game. However, there are slim chances of his recovery which might take Shafiqullah Shafiq out of the equation. It will be interesting to see who captains Sylhet Thunder if both Andre Fletcher and Mosaddek Hossain are not available.
Shafiqullah Shafiq, Johnson Charles, Rony Talukdar, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Sohag Gazi, Nayeem Hasan, Monir Hossain, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ebadot Hossain.
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi (C), Lewis Gregory, Fazle Mahmud, Jahurul Islam (WK), Mustafizur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.
Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20
Match: Sylhet Thunder vs Rangpur Rangers
Date And Time: 3rd January, Friday – 6: 00 pm IST
Venue: Sylhet International Stadium, Sylhet
Johnson Charles, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Mithun, Naveen-ul Haq
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Nabi, Mustafizur Rahman
Top 4 batting order
Shafiqullah Shafiq, Johnson Charles, Rony Talukdar, Mohammad Mithun
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nabi
Johnson Charles, Sherfane Rutherford
Shane Watson, Cameron Delport
Death over bowlers
Ebadot Hossain, Naveen ul Haq
Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Mohammad Mithun will be the only wicket-keeper in our dream XI team. Mithun has been a prolific run-getter in the tournament so far and will look to come up with the goods in an important match. In the previous match against the Rangpur Rangers, Mithun smashed a brilliant 62 and will look to carry on his rich vein of form.
Shane Watson, Mohammad Naim and Cameron Delport will be the first three batsmen in our dream XI team. Watson is a big match player and will be hoping for a big knock. He was nowhere close to his best in the first few games but his fortunes might change today.
Mohammad Naim has been the find for Bangladesh in the recent past. The southpaw has been a prolific run-scorer and has been churning out runs for fun. Delport is also a powerful striker of the ball who can change the complexion of the game with his whirlwind strokeplay.
The next two names in this category will be Rony Talukdar and Sherfane Rutherford. Talukdar is an impressive batsman who has been in the circuit for a long time. Rutherford, on the other hand, plays the role of a finisher to perfection and can turn out to be the X factor for any team he plays.
Lewis Gregory and Nayeem Hasan will be the two all-rounders in our dream XI team. Gregory has been a consistent performer in the tournament so far. He has bagged some crucial wickets and has also chipped in with some crucial runs in the lower middle order. This makes him an inevitable pick.
The decision to pick Nayeem Hasan can be debated. However, there weren’t many options left given the composition of our dream XI team. The 19-year-old is yet to make an impact in this tournament so far and will be hoping to make amends.
Mustafizur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq and Sanjit Saha will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Mustafizur has looked in terrific rhythm and has been a consistent wicket-taker so far. He has bagged 10 wickets in the last 5 matches and should walk into any dream XI team.
Naveen ul Haq has been an impressive young customer who has the tendency of bagging some crucial wickets. Sanjit Saha has also impressed in the limited opportunities he has received so far. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the pressure in a must-win clash for both the teams.
Captain and Vice-captain
Mohammad Mithun will be the captain of the day while Shane Watson will be the vice-captain.
Out – Naveen-ul-Haq and S Saha.
In – E Hosaain and M Hossain.
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.