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We are down to the final quarter in the Bangladesh Premier League and the top-four slots still look far from settled. While the Royals and the Challengers look pretty much safe to make it to the playoffs, they too aren't sure of a berth, yet. The teams following them, the Platoons, Khulna Tigers, Comilla Warriors, and Rangpur Rangers, are in for a hard tussle in the upcoming matches.
Up next in the tournament are Rangpur Rangers set to take on Dhaka Platoons, who both have been away from the action for quite a while now. While the Platoons are ahead on the ladder and have a better chance to qualify from here, a loss for them would open up the table nicely. The match between the two sides is to be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, on 8th January.
Dhaka Platoons got off to a poor start to the tournament, losing their first match by a massive margin, but with their stalwarts doing well in the subsequent matches, they haven't looked back. After a terrible start, they made their way amongst the top-four teams and have maintained their position almost right through up until now.
They are currently placed at the third spot with 12 points to their name. They have lost only six matches from a total of nine played and their net run-rate of 0.575 reflects how dominant they were in the matches they won.
The Platoons come into this match on the back of a couple of superb wins after facing an embarrasing defeat from Chattogram Challengers. Their most recent win came against high-flying Khulna Titans, who failed to chase down a 172-run total set by Dhaka Platoons. Batting first, Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque got them off to a pretty decent start, but they both departed in the space of an over followed by Mahedi Hasan to leave Platoons in a spot of bother. Dhaka's solid middle order once again came to their rescue as they ended up putting a competitive total on the board. Asif Ali proved to be the difference between the Platoons scoring 172 and being restricted 160. He played a blinder of an innings, scoring 39 off just 13 deliveries and was the difference between the two teams.
Defending a total of 172 wasn't going to be straight-forward, especially against high-flying Khulna Tigers. However, their bowlers started the proceedings on a brilliant note as they got rid of both their openers inside the first four overs. Although the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Najibullah Zadran fought hard for the Tigers thereafter, the Platoons' bowlers were too hard to handle for the Tigers. The Platoons eventually ended up winning the match by 12-runs.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Shadab Khan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Mahmud.
The Rangers have survived plenty of controversies in the tournament so far and will be looking to go a little further. We have seen their captain change twice, but they have looked a settled unit right after Shane Watson started to look after the proceedings for them.
After getting off to a disastourous start, Rangpur Rangers came back to the contention with a couple of back to back wins in the tournament. As it stands now, they have won four matches and are well and truly in the race to qualify for the playoffs. They have four matches to go and would need to win at least three to have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs. However, they have an extremely poor net run-rate and they might well, therefore, be targeting to win all of their remaining fixtures.
Rangpur Rangers are coming off an imposing win over Sylhet Thunder wherein their batsmen as well as the bowlers both did a superb job to get them a colossal win, which helped their net run-rate as well. Batting first, they scored a total of 199 runs that proved too high for the Thunder. Sylhet Thunder got off to a decent start and looked pretty much in the hunt, excellent middle-bowler bowling by the Rangers caught Thunder off-guard.
All in all, the Thunder didn't have a decent start to the tournament, but they have done a superb job in their last four matches. Every match hereon is virtually a do-or-die game for them and they are expected to come out all guns blazing. Beating them isn't going to be easy, even for in-form Dhaka Platoons.
Mohammad Naim, SR Watson, C Delport, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Fazle Mahmud, Al Amin, Jahurul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, A Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team prediction for the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 match to be played between Dhaka Platoons and Rangpur Rangers:
As the tournament is progressing towards the knockouts, the importance of each game is rising exponentially. Rangpur Rangers do not have much time remaining with them and would like to win every game they have at their disposal. Dhaka Platoons, on the other hand, can still afford to lose a game or two and still finish in the top-four, but that would hurt their chances to finish among the top two teams. The result of each game is going to have a massive impact on where the two teams end up after the league stage, making this match as important as any. Comparing the two teams on paper, there is little to choose between the two. However, the Platoons have been the more consistent team in the tournament so far and are, therefore, our pick to emerge on top in the upcoming game as well.
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