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The Rajshahi Royals suffered a big loss to Dhaka Platoon in its previous match and fell to fourth on the BPL league table. It will now play a second match in the span of a few hours as it takes on the Rangpur Rangers.
The Rangers managed to lift themselves off the bottom of the league standings and get their second win of the season. Their win against Sylhet Thunder does not really improve their chances of qualifying for the BPL 2019-20 playoffs too much but it will fill the side with confidence.
This match may actually be a good one to bet since the rate offered on the Rajshahi Royals would have improved and the Rangpur Rangers would also be seen as a credible threat.
Rajshahi Royals vs Rangpur Rangers BPL 2019-20 is going to be played at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka on the 31st of December 2019.
A terrible batting performance and some really shabby bowling at the death consigned the Rajshahi Royals to a big defeat in their previous match. They bowled first and ended up conceding 174 runs to Dhaka Platoon.
That total could have been 20-30 runs lesser but Farhad Reza went the distance in the final few overs at the hands of Asif Ali.
Having no time to think about a bad performance can be a blessing in disguise. The Rajshahi Royals will want to move on from that match as fast as possible.
The Rajshahis Royals batting has been pretty good in this edition of the BPL. They have players like Liton Das, Shoaib Malik, and Andre Russell in their side that have been in very good touch. Alok Kapali and Atif Hossain have also played a few good innings to give the Rajshahi Royals a decent batting lineup.
Andre Russell has been bowing his four overs in every match and that is the biggest advantage for the Rajshahi Royals. A fully fit Andre Russell is the biggest asset in T20 cricket. Mohammad Irfan, Shoaib Malik, and Farhad Reza are some of the other bowlers in the side.
This is a decent attack that has performed quite well in BPL 2019-20. One bad match should not be the reason for too much change.
Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik, RS Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Andre Russell, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Mohammad Irfan.
Shane Watson continued to struggle at the top of the order for the Rangpur rangers as he scored just one run from six deliveries in the previous match. Shane Watson is well beyond his best but we all know his trademark one big inning is always just around the corner.
Cameron Delport hit a nice patch of form while Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Nabi contributed to the win as well. While the batting was impressive, the Rangpur Rangers owed their win in the previous match to the bowling attack.
Mustafizur Rahman picked up another three-wicket haul and every Bangladeshi fan would be thrilled to see him bowl at his best once more. Almost all the other bowlers bowled decently as well although it must be remembered that the opposing team was not of the highest quality.
To win against the Rajshahi Royals will need another special effort from the senior members of the Rangpur Rangers. Mohammad Nabi, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, and maybe even Shane Watson are the players that need to raise their hands for the occasion.
The class is present in the Rangpur Rangers squad but the form has not always been there.
Jahurul Islam, C Delport, Mohammad Naim, Fazle Mahmud, SR Watson, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Al Amin, Mustafizur Rahman, A Sunny, Taskin Ahmed.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first.
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The weather in Dhaka is expected to be a bit cloudy, however, we are hopeful that no rain is going to interrupt the match. The pitch has started to slow in the Shere Bangla Stadium and chasing down totals is going to be difficult.
Making the most of the powerplay overs is going to be crucial. Expect the spinners and fast bowlers using cutters to take centre stage.
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We are not giving up on the Rajshahi Royals after one bad match. They are up against a team that is getting its act together, even if it is a bit too late, and so we expect the Royals to come out firing. More depth in the batting and better current form are things that should help the Rajshahi Royals win the match.
Bet on the Rajshahi Royals to win.
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