Date & Time: Friday, December 27, 13:30 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka and Chattogram go head on to secure the top spot
Dhaka Platoon will be the table toppers if they win their encounter against Chattogram. Dhaka Platoon lost against Chattogram in their reverse fixture as they fell short by 16 runs chasing 222. However, Dhaka will be high on confidence with two wins on the trot. Challengers are sitting pretty on the top with 10 points, and one win would almost take them to the qualifiers.
Challengers batting has been top-notch, three of their batsmen have scored more than 200 runs with Walton leading the charts with 240 runs at a healthy strike rate of 157. The good thing about their batting has been that most of their batsmen have scored at a good strike rate. When it comes to bowling, Mehedi Hasan Rana has been the star of this BPL with 13 wickets, hence being the highest wicket-taker of BPL 2019.
Dhaka Platoon opener, the Bangladeshi number one batsman Tamim is their only player to score more than 150 runs this tournament for them. The bowling department hasn’t been that great as well for the Platoon’s, all their bowlers have shared wickets with the highest wicket-taker being Mahedi Hasan with only 5 wickets.
Chattogram Challengers Probable XI:
Lendl Simmons, Avishka Fernando, Imrul Kayes (c), Nasir Hossain, Chadwick Walton, Nurul Hasan (wk), Muktar Ali, Liam Plunkett, Rubel Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan Rana.
Dhaka Platoon Probable XI:
Anamul Haque (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mahedi Hassan, Jaker Ali, Asif Ali, Mominul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Hasan Mahmud.
Unlike the pitch in Chattogram, Shere Bangla Stadium saw a slower pitch in the first segment. The average first innings score at Dhaka has been just over 150 and teams chasing have won 5 out of the 8 matches that have been played here. The pacers have had joyful outings at the Shere Bangla Stadium with 56 wickets to 26. Dew is still a major factor that would force the skipper to chase.
The West Indian batsman has been one of the main stay for Chattogram this BPL. He has scored 240 runs at a strike rate of 157 with two half-centuries. He has been among the points regularly, his PPM of 50.71 in this tour says how consistent he has been.
Tamim has been Dhaka’s only batsman to score more than 150 runs in this BPL, therein lies a huge responsibility on Tamim. He has a PPM of 54.6 in this season and has appeared in the dream team on 4 out of the 5 matches that he has played.
The left-handed batsman has had a decent BPL 2019 season scoring 235 runs in the 7 innings he has played. His PPM of 52.71 and an MDTA of 1.4 has been impressive and he is a player to watch out for in today’s match.
Avishaka is also one of the three batsmen to score more than 200 runs for Chattogram. The opener has scored at a strike rate of 165 that implies how dangerous he can be at the top of the innings. His batting consistency has led him to be one of the favorite picks of Dream11 fantasy players. In the 6 matches he has played he has been a part of the Dream team on 5 occasions with a PPM of 54.33 in this tournament.
The dream run continues for Mehedi Hasan as he is the highest wicket-taker of this tournament with 13 wickets that involves two 4+ wicket hauls. Mehedi has been one of the hot picks in the dream team as well, he has PPM of 79.8 in this tournament which is the best among all the players from both sides. He has been a part of the dream team in 4 matches out of the 5 he has played.