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|RN ten Doeschate||2.0||0||32||0||16.00|
|RN ten Doeschate||27||12||0||4||225.00|
The Bangladesh Premier League has seen almost tiers develop this season. Four of the top teams are closely matched and could beat each other on any given day while the bottom three seem to be a big step down in quality.
This next match of the BPL is going to be played between the Chittagong Vikings and the Rajshahi Kings. Both the teams are going to play on back to back days. Both the teams are coming into this match after a heavy loss in their previous putting. The Rajshahi Kings were demolished by the Sylhet Sixers while the Chittagong Vikings have been thrashed by the Rangpur Riders.
Irrespective of the result of Chittagong’s match, though, they are going to go in as firm favorites for this encounter.
The Chittagong Vikings have been brilliant in this edition of the BPL and it is difficult to fault them too much for their loss in the previous match. The Chittagong Vikings came up against a rampaging Rangpur Riders side that ended up scoring 239 runs in 20 overs. Alex Hales and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries in that match as the Chittagong Vikings bowlers ran for cover.
None of the bowlers were spared as 13 sixes were hit of the Vikings bowling attack. Perhaps the biggest loss for the Chittagong Vikings was an injury to Robbie Frylinck. With barely a few hours before the next match gets underway, we don’t think we are going to be seeing Robbie Frylinck playing this upcoming match.
Replacing an all-rounder is going to be difficult for the Chittagong Vikings, especially one that has been so good for them I the crunch overs. We think that Sikandar Raza will have to play a much bigger role in this match and fill the void left by Frylinck’s absence.
While no one expected the Chittagong Vikings to chase down 240, Mohammad Shahzad for a short time and then Yasir Ali for a more extended period had some ardent supporters hoping. Yasir Ali scored 78 runs off 48 deliveries and showed why he could be a key figure in future matches.
The Chittagong Kings will want to forget this game and remind themselves that they are still sitting on top of the table. Players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, and Najibullah Zadran form a good batting lineup which should start as favorites against a struggling Rajshahi Kings side.
M Shahzad, Yasir Ali, C Delport, Sikandar Raza, Mushfiqur Rahim, N Zadran, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Robiul Haque, Abu Jayed.
The Rajshahi Kings suffered another heavy defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League to sink lower on the BPL league table. The Rajshahi Kings have won just four matches out of their nine and must try to get their act together in the remaining matches.
The chances of them qualifying for the BPL knockouts look slim at the moment especially considering the form of the teams above them. They must win this upcoming match against the Chittagong Vikings to put some pressure on the teams above them.
The batting has been a big problem for the Rajshahi Kings and that surfaced once again in the previous match. Chasing a total of 181 on a decent batting pitch, the Rajshahi Kings did not even come close. They were bundled out for 104 with 50 of those runs coming from the bat of Fazle Mahmud.
The Rajshahi Kings have to hope for runs from Laurie Evans in every single match of they are to be competitive. None of the other batsmen have shown any kind of consistency and that is reflected in the results.
Mominul Haque is having one his worst seasons of the BPL, Ryan ten Doeschate struggles on the slow turning tracks in Bangladesh, and Christiaan Jonker is batting a bit too low to have enough impact.
Can one of these three turn it on against the Vikings? We would bet on Ryan ten Doeschate to be the highest scorer for the Rajshahi Kings in this match. The surface in Chittagong is among the best for batting and should suit him. He has also been in decent form scoring a crucial fifty just two innings back.
A poor bowling performance from Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan also hampered the Rajshahi Kings. They have added Seekkuge Prasanna to their side and that should help add more depth to the lineup.
The Rajshahi Kings may be short of batting firepower but they have the better bowling attack of the two teams. If their batting can perform a bit better then they could pull off an upset.
Laurie Evans, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, J Charles, Mominul Haque, RN ten Doeschate, Christiaan Jonker, Mehidy Hasan, A Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
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The Bangladesh Premier League match between the Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings is going to be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. The weather is expected to be sunny and clear for the duration of the match.
The pitch in Chittagong has been good for batting so far. There is better pace and carry in it for the batsmen although the spinners also have something to work with. A score of around 160 seems to be par.
The Chittagong Vikings are going to be without Robbie Frylinck for this match and that could affect their balance. They still seem to have enough batting depth to be able to win this match, though. The Rajshahi Kings have a good enough bowling lineup to take a punt on them when them the odds seem favorable as well.
Back the Chittagong Vikings to win.
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