Date & Time: Friday, December 20, 18:30 IST
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Can the Cumilla Warriors topple the table-toppers
The Warriors will be confident heading into the game against the Challengers on back of a solid victory against the Rangers in their previous game. On the other hand the table-toppers Chattogram, have won three games on the trot and are sitting pretty on top. An entertaining clash is on the cards as both the teams will look to carry forward the momentum that they have got.
Soumya Sarkar, the all-rounder has been Cumilla Warriors most effective player in this tournament with runs and wickets both behind his back. As a direct impact, his fantasy points as well has been over the roof with 86.3 points in the three matches he has played and has been a part of the dream team in all the three matches. Lendl Simmons, who was one of the batsmen responsible in the win against Dhaka is next in line with a PPM of 58.3 in this tour. Closely followed by is Dawid Malan with 53.0 PPM, both the batsmen have been a part of the dream team in all the three matches they have played.
Both the skippers have also had a great tour in terms of PPM, Shanaka has a PPM of 60.0 and Mahmudullah has a PPM of 49.3. Mehedi Hasan Rana has been exceptional this BPL with 82.67 PPM and an MDTA of 1.5, he gained 130 points against Sylhet and in the previous match again he gained 81 points against Dhaka. This makes him one of the wanted bowlers in the fantasy team.
Both the teams are coming off a win and are unlikely to tinker their winning combination
Chattogram Challengers probable XI:
Lendl Simmons, Avishka Fernando, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah (c), Chadwick Walton, Nurul Hasan (wk), Nasir Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Kesrick Williams, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Muktar Ali
Cumilla Warriors probable XI:
Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Dawid Malan, Dasun Shanak (c), Yasir Ali, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Haider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
There has been a total of 4 matches played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and it has been a heaven for the batsmen. Apart form one match where Sylhet batting failed, the other three matches have seen scores over 180 and two time was chased as well. Though Dhaka lost while chasing in the previous match they managed to score 205 chasing 222. An average of 180 score has been achieved in the first innings. The pacers have had the bulk of wickets at this venue.
The left-handed batsman is continuing his purple patch in BPL 2019 scoring 107 runs at an average of 53.5 and a strike rate of 129. He is Cumilla Warriors highest run-scorer presently and is expected to continue his free-flowing batting.
The Chattogram opener has been a consistent performer for them this season scoring 127 runs with a half-century to his name. He has been one of the batsmen who has appeared in the dream team in all the three matches that he has played, undeniably he is one of the batsmen to be in the fantasy team. He has a PPM of 58.3 in this tour.
The charismatic all-rounder is stacking up the points with his batting and bowling. He has a PPM of 86.3 in the three matches he has played this season and he also has appeared in the dream team in all the three matches.
The skipper has been having a great time in T20s, especially this tournament he has been destructive with the bat. He has been scoring runs at a strike rate of over 200 with one-half century to his name. He also has been racking up points in the fantasy level, he has a PPM of 60.0 and an MDTA of 1.5.
Since the return of Mahmudullah, the Chattogram confidence has been over the roofs. Skipper has been leading them from the front in his batting as well as the points section. His dynamic batting in the last match is what propelled Chattogram to score of over 200. His PPM of 49.3 in this tour is something that prompts him to be picked in the dream team.
Rana is sailing in his dreams with stellar performances in the last two matches. A four-wicket haul followed by a three-wicket, what else can be a moment of joy for him. In the match against Sylhet, he picked up 130 points and against Dhaka he bagged 81 points.