Date & Time: Friday, December 27, 18:30 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rangpur under threat as they struggle to find momentum
The Tigers will be looking to pounce on the opportunity against the pale Rangers as they are coming on back of two successive defeats. Well, for the Rangers everything has gone South, as they sit at the bottom of the table. With both the teams low on confidence, who will succeed the pressure test will be a thing to watch out for in this encounter. Khulna had the better of the Rangers in the reverse fixture that gives them an advantage going forward.
Khulna Tigers Probable XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mehidy Hasan, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Tanvir Islam.
Rangpur Rangers Probable XI:
Mohammad Naim, Cameron Delport, Tom Abell (c), Shadman Isalm, Lewis Gregory, Fazle Mahmud, Mohammad Nabi, Jahurul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Mukidul Islam.
Unlike the pitch in Chattogram, Shere Bangla Stadium saw a slower pitch in the first segment. The average for st 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. However, in the evening matches the teams batting first have won three out of the four matches.
The left-handed South African batsman has been the base of Khulna batting line up. He has scored 259 runs with three 50+ scores in the five innings he has played this tournament. He has a PPM of 77.0 this tournament and has been a part of the dream team in all the 5 matches he has played.
The all-round performance of Gregory in the previous match gave Rangers their first win of this tournament. He has been one of the stand outs for Rangers this BPL with 6 wickets to his name and 130 runs in the 5 matches he has played. He has PPM of 64.4 this BPL and an MDTA of 1.25 which indicates the importance of him in the fantasy team.
The experience of this man is something that the Khulna Tigers would be dependent on going forward this tournament. Mushfiqur had a few failures in his previous couple of matches but is expected to bounce back. The skipper has a PPM of 47.4 and an MDTA of 1.67.