Date & Time: Thursday, December 12, 13:00 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
A contest to watch out for between local and overseas players
In the third match of BPL 2019-20 Dhaka Platoon take on Rajshahi Royals in the first match of Thursday’s doubleheader in Dhaka. The Platoon is the most successful franchise over the years as they were the Champions thrice and also made it to the finals on a couple of occasions. The presence of quality local players is the reason behind their phenomenal run and this time around it is no different from it. On the other hand, the Royals are heavily depended on the overseas players as they lack quality in domestic players.
The top 3 players in the match are Tamim Iqbal, Andre Russell, and Shoaib Malik, they have a PPM of 75, 60 & 58 respectively in the last five games in the format. Next in the pecking order are Wahab Riaz, Tajul Islam, and Abu Jayed posses a PPM of 47, 38, & 37 respectively.
Dhaka Platoon possible XI
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haqu,Laurie Evans, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Shadab Khan, Thisara-Perera, Shuvagotta Hom,, Wahab Riaz, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza.
Rajshahi Royals possible XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Andre Russell (C), Shoaib Malik/Ravi Bopara, Irfan Sukkur, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Irfan.
The surface in Dhaka has been sporting enough in the first match of the season by offering assistance for everyone. So expect the same for Thursday’s match as well.
The Windes all-rounder is everywhere around the leagues and has been in phenomenal form of late. He is coming into the tournament on the back of an explosive T10 campaign. When it comes to T20 format he has an impressive PPM of almost 60 and an MDTA of 1.44.
The Bangladeshi veteran opening batsman is the top-rated player for Platoon in the match. He may be coming into the tournament on the back of a long break but his experience and record in the format make him a must-have. He has an impressive PPM of 75 and an MDTA of 1 in the last five matches played in the format.
The left-arm pacer has had a decent outing in the MSL for the Blitz. He has a great record in the format, where he has a PPM of 44 and MDTA of 1.53. In the last five games, his PPM is even better as he scored at a PPM of 47. Adding to his bowling he is also a handy lower-order batsman.
He has not been at his best in recent times but he is a genuine wicket-taker to have in any fantasy team. He is also known for playing crucial knocks for the team when needed. He has a PPM of 47 and MDTA of 1.56 in the format which makes him a worthy pick to have in the Dream11 cricket team.
The Afghanistan opener is known for either scoring a big knock or getting out for a low score. But when he gets going he makes it count with a match-defining knock. His PPM of 51 and MDTA of 2.07 is a clear reflection of that.