Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11, 18:00 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
The defending champions face against the last year’s table-toppers
Cumilla Warriors will be playing their first match against the last year’s table-toppers in the league stage. As for the Rangers, they would look to repeat their last year’s league performance. Both the teams have a good combination of players with one team led by a young captain in Dasun Shanaka and another with massive experience, Mohammad Nabi.
Tom Abell of Rangpur Rangers has the best PPM value of both the team players, he leads the chart with 64.2 in the last 5 T20 matches. Malan is not far behind in the list with a PPM 63.2, also the left-handed batsman had a good series against New Zealand and will be high in confidence. Another batsman to watch-out and one of the top picks would be the dashing Afghan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad, he has a PPM of 51.2 and an MDTA of 1.25, also his overall MDTA of 1.2 is the best among the players from both the teams.
As far as the bowlers are concerned, Taskin Ahmed leads the list with a PPM of 43.2 and an MDTA of 1.25. Arafat Sunny and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the only other bowlers who have a PPM of over 30, Mujeeb has a PPM of 34.0 and Arafat with 38.2 in the last 5 T20 matches
Cumilla Warriors probable XI:
Soumya Sarkar, Dawid Malan, Yasir Ali, Banuka Rajapaksha, Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanak (c), M Islam Ankon, Abu Haider, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Rangpur Rangers probable XI:
Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Tom Abell, Janurul Islam, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Fazele Mummud, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Junaid Khan.
This would be the 2nd match of the day at the venue, and there would be some wear and tear from the first match. However the condition is expected to be dry as it is a sub-continent, dew might play a role in the evening match.
Malan is in explosive form of late and has a PPM of 63.8 and MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches.
The explosive Wicket Keeper batsman had a decent T10 series and is in good form to boot. His PPM of 48.4 and MDTA of 1.25 makes him a must-have in today’s Dream11 contests.
Tom Abell tops the PPM charts with 64.2 in his last 5 matches, and has a decent MDTA of 1.25 to boot. His overall MDTA of 2.36 is pretty pedestrian. It would be interesting to see if his form continues.
Mujeeb is a world-class spinner who can outwit the very best of opponents. We expect him to be devastating in this BPL.
Soumya has been in very poor form and has been a disappointment in the recent international matches. However, playing against a lower quality opponent in the BPL might just be what the doctor ordered. His experience, and ability to take wickets at crucial stages make it very risky to leave him out in today’s match. Hence Soumya Sarkar is our X factor in today’s match.