Date & Time: Wednesday, December 18, 13:00 IST
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Warriors look to repeat what they did in the reverse fixture
Cumilla Warriors are coming off a deflating defeat against the Platoon. However, their confidence will be boisterous because of the fact that they had a mammoth victory against the Rangers in their reverse fixture. As for the Rangers, they are still in pursuit of their first win in BPL 2019. The one thing bothering the Rangers about their defeats would be the margins of their loss; against Warriors in the first match they lost by 105 runs, and against the Challengers they lost by 6 wickets.
Irrespective of the defeats, players have been stacking up their points in the fantasy teams. Mohammad Naim, the left handed opener who showed a glimpse of his talent against India continues to be at the top of the PPM list with 66.4 among the batsmen from both the teams. He is closely followed by Soumya Sarkar with 64.0 in the last three matches. Soumya Sarkar has been a part of the dream team in the last 5 matches.
Kyle Jarvis, the Zimbabwean opening bowler is at the roof of the PPM list with 77.0 in his last three matches. The uncapped off spinner from Rangers is at a PPM of 62.0 from his one match, followed by the skipper of Cumilla with a PPM of 38.0.
Cumilla Victorians probable XI:
Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Yasir Ali, Soumya Sarkar, Dawid Malan, Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanaka (c), Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Hider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
Rangpur Rangers probable XI:
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Naim, Tom Abell, Jahurul Islam, Mohammad Nabi (c), Lewis Gregory, Nadif Chowdhury, Rishad Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.
The pitch in the first game yesterday was a paradise to bat on. Both teams scored nearly 190 runs in both the innings. Khulna chased a target of 190 with two balls to spare. Over 350 runs were scored in the match, which shows it wasn’t a great outing for the bowlers, yet the pacers picked up the most number of the wickets.
Mohammad Naim played an exceptional innings of 78 against the Challengers in the second match. He has been in the lime light since the India series and has been keeping up to the expectation. He has the best PPM among the batsmen and is one of the must-have players in the fantasy squad.
Soumya Sarkar has not only been among the run scorers for Cumilla, but also has been the highest wicket taker for them. His all-round performance is what makes him the player that is a must in the fantasy team. He has a PPM of 64.0 in the last three matches and has been a part of the Dream11 team in every single match for the last five matches.
The skipper of Cumilla Warriors is another all-rounder who will be a great pick in the dream team. His batting against the Rangers in their reverse fixture was the highlight of the match. He would be looking to repeat the same. He has PPM of 38.0 in the last three matches and an MDTA of 1.6 in the last ten matches. His MDTA shows how consistently he has been a part of dream team.
Malan in both his matches has got of to a good start but hasn’t converted it. However, the starts that he got in the previous innings suggests that a big one is around the corner. He has PPM of 51.3 in the last three matches and an MDTA of 1.5 in the last 10 matches. Malan is a kind of batsman who is a preferred choice in the fantasy XI.