Series: Bangladesh Premier League 2019
Match: 1st Match
Date: 5th January 2019,Saturday
Time: 12.30 pm Local time
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium,Dhaka
The cricket carnival continues and its time for Bangladesh’s very own cricket league, BPL which will commence from today. Defending champion Rangpur Riders will face off Chittagong Vikings in the first match.
Rangpur had enjoyed a fairy journey last season in the hands of Captain Mashrafe Mortaza. He will again lead the team and this time they are more balanced and more fearless. A trio of Alex Hales, Gayle, De villiers would make any bowler tremble in fear so definitely Rangpur is gonna be the fiercest top order in the league.For all round option they have Bopara,Howell or captain himself. Mithun and rossow will be a dependable middle order combo. In bowling dept. they have Apu (the cobra), Cottrell, Sohag Gazi, abul Hasan, Shafiul Islam. Definitely the think tank will have a tough time to decide whom they will bench. Rangpur will again be pre season favorite.
On the other hand Chittagong Vikings are the least fared team in last two seasons of BPL. But this time they have found a solid leader in Mushfiqur Rahim. Last seasons dependable Sikandar Raza is there too. But the surprise is the inclusion of Mohammad ashraful. After serving five years ban he will.again be part of a BPL Franchise. Devastating opener Mohammad Shahzad is there for them too. Sanzamul Islam, Robiul, Abu Zayed will lead the bowling attack. Mosaddek will do the all rounders role.
In the last five matches between the sides Chittagong have 3 times lost with two wins. Last time Chittagong made 176 and Rangpur chased it easily.
Team news-It is still unsure who would make into the playing XI for either of the teams. De villiers wont play as he has not arrived in Bangladesh yet. Luke Ronchi wont play for Chittagong as he has withdrawn himself for some wage issues.
Rangpur Riders Probable XI-Chris Gayle, Mehedi Maruf, Alex Hales, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Nadif Chowdhury, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Sheldon Cottrell, Shafiul Islam, Sohag Gazi
Chittagong Vikings probable XI-Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mosaddek Hossain, Shadman Islam, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylink, Sikandar Raza, Abu Zayed, sanzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan.
Weather- Its winter in Bangladesh so heats won’t make them suffer. A pleasant noon will greet them. As the match is in day no dew factors would come.
Ground- It is over the years a slow deck but a fresh pitch will be provided so expect decent amount of runs with outfield being fast.
Toss- In the first match teams would like to bowl but later in the tournament teams might tend to bat first. Todays match team should take bowl as they would like to assess the behaviour of the pitch.
Prediction- Both the teams are good on paper but experience might tilt the game in favor of Rangpur Riders. Chittagong don’t have much bowling depth and Riders would like to.exploit it. So Rangpur is team we are picking.