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|Mohammad Zakir Hasan||5||7||0||0||71.43|
|RN ten Doeschate||28||20||4||0||140.00|
The Chittagong Vikings won a thrilling match against the Dhaka Dynamites in their previous match and are now joint leaders of the Bangladesh Premier League. In fact, the Chittagong Vikings have one game in hand and thus could overtake the Dhaka Dynamites by winning their next match against the Rajshahi Kings.
The Rajshahi Kings have been in good touch as well. They won their last game against a strong Comilla Victorians side thanks to a brilliant century from Laurie Evans. The task ahead of them is tough and they will need more than individual brilliance to overcome the Chittagong Vikings.
The Chittagong Vikings will be deserved leaders of the BPL if they do manage to win this game.
The return to the Shere Bangla Stadium also sees a return to some low scoring matches, which to be fair, can be very exciting as well. The Chittagong Vikings played a brilliant match against the Dhaka Dynamites although their conservatism almost ended up losing them the match.
Keeping the strong Dhaka Dynamites batting to just 139 is not an easy task but that is exactly what the Chittagong Vikings bowlers managed. Robbie Frlylink started the work with two wickets up front and was very well supported by Abu Jayed and Cameron Delport.
Just when it looked like the Dhaka Dynamites were stitching a dangerous partnership, one of the bowlers struck to keep the Vikings ahead.
A blistering inning of 30 from just 12 deliveries should have sealed the deal; for the Chittagong Vikings but they slowed down tremendously in the middle overs. Eventually, the side required 16 runs from the last over and Robbie Frylinck obliged with three sixes in four balls to win the game.
No player has been more important as Robbie Frylinck to the Chittagong Vikings although there have been other contributors to their success as well.
The likes of Cameron Delport, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Jayed, and Yasir Ali have been good at different times in the BPL. Perhaps more of a contribution from Mohammad Shahzad at the top would help bring some more stability to the side but then Shahzad has never been known for his consistency.
All-rounders like Dasun Shanaka and MossadekHossain also give a nice balance to the Chittagong Vikings. They have the depth in batting and bowling to be able to adapt to different conditions.
One mistake that we would like to see them avoid is to keep pushing their most destructive batsman down the order. Give him the chance to do more damage rather than setting him tougher tasks every single time!
M Shahzad, C Delport, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, N Zadran, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Robbie Frylinck, Khaled Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed.
The Rajshahi Kings have been held back in the Bangladesh Premier League because of their batting. They have four wins from their seven matches, which is not bad and puts them in contention to make the playoffs.
The manner of their last victory gives us some cause of concern, though. It took a brilliant century from Laurie Evans to be able to get the side to a score of 176. The positive thing was that Ryan ten Doeschate also contributed with a fifty and helped raise hopes of a batting revival.
However, this dependence on just the foreign nationals to get runs in every single match is not a good sign. The Bangladeshi batsmen in the side are among the weakest of any teams in the BPL. Mehidy Hasan is batting at number three and there are not too many players to replace him at the number.
We are not convinced about the batting of the Rajshahi Kings and don’t think it has the talent to get big scores on a consistent basis.
The bowling for the Rajshahi Kings is a lot better. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan are two of the best bowlers in Bangladesh cricket right now. Not only are they good at stopping runs but they are genuine wicket-takers as well.
With Kamrul Islam picking four wickets in the last match, Qais Ahmad bowling well, and even Ryan ten Doeschate rolling his arm over with success, the Rajshahi Kings have plenty of people to help defend a total or keep the opposition down to a small one.
The limiting factor for how competitive this team is going to be is its batting.
Laurie Evans, Mehidy Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Marshall Ayub, Christiaan Jonker, Zakir Hasan, RN ten Doeschate, Qais Ahmad, A Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
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The Bangladesh Premier League T20 match between Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings is going to be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh. The surfaces offered by the Shere Bangla Stadium for the BPL have not been the best so far.
The batsmen have struggled to get going and a couple of early wickets can be quite difficult to recover from. A score of around 140 should be considered par.
The Chittagong Vikings are in excellent form and the clear favorites. Their bowling is decent and batting much stronger than the Rajshahi Kings.
Back the Chittagong Vikings to win.
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