Series: Bangladesh Premier League 2019
Match: 15th Match
Date: 15th January 3019,Tuesday
time: 1.30 PM Local Time
Venue: Sylhet International Stadium, Sylhet
After the renowned Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka hosted a few matches in the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, Sylhet is set to host Tuesday’s doubleheader. The first encounter would be played between Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings.
The Titans’ wretched fortunes continued as the Mahmudullah-captained floundered in the super-over against Chittagong Vikings. Many 50-50 decisions could go either way. Mahmudullas decision to go with Ariful the part time seamer backfired big time and it cost them the game. Their bowling is doing ok but the batting unit is failing them again and again. And now its almost the dead end for them. They have to make a stronger come back right now.
The Kings, on the contrary, are languishing on the bottom half of the points table with two wins and as many defeats. Nevertheless, the team, captained by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, won a cliffhanger the other day against Rangpur Riders courtesy of a stupendous last-over from Mustafizur Rahman. Their Net Run Rate is a concern though. Meanwhile, it’s a now-or-never scenario for the lacklustre Titans.
In the last five matches Rajshahi have a superior record against titans. They have won three games and two of them are big wins. Khulna will have to play out of their skin to have a win against rajshahi kings.
The Titans may replace the out-of-form Ariful Haque with batsman Jahurul Islam to strengthen their batting. They would be happy with Junaid Khan who.rreplaced ali khan and jad a great spell.Mominul Haque and Mehidy Hasan continue to open the batting with the left-handed Soumya Sarkar to bat at three. Mohammad Hafeez needs to deliver as well after three failures. The batting has depth with the likes of Evans and Ten Doeschate coming at six and seven. Even Udana is no mug with the bat.
Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Hafeez, Zakir Hasan (wk), Laurie Evans, Ryan ten Doeschate, Isuru Udana, Arafat Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Paul Stirling, Junaid Siddique, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Junaid Khan
Weather- Sylhet would be a bit more cold than Dhaka. As a day game this match wont be feeling that much cold. Weather to remain fine.
Ground- Being an afternoon game, dew is not likely to play a part and hence the slower bowlers may come into play as the match progresses.But the track.is batting friendly. So.runs will be expected.
Toss- As far as the records at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is concerned, the team batting first has had the advantages. Hence, it won’t be surprising if the teams opt to bat after winning the toss. RajshahI would want to bowl first as they have an in form nowling attack.
Prediction- given by the games going at the moment rajshahi is favourite to.win the match. But we rreckon that Khulna will be the winner today and open their account.