Date & Time: Friday, December 13, 13:30 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Platoon’s face yet another daunting task after a demoralizing defeat
The Dhaka Platoon’s lost by 9 wickets against Rajshahi Royals in their first match defending 135. Though being a decent enough batting team, Dhaka batsmen failed to continue the starts they got and ended up posting a meager target. Whereas, for the Warriors, thanks to their skipper’s fantastic knock in their first match, helped them post a target of 174. However, Cumilla bowlers were exceptional in restricting the opponents for only 68 and win by 105 runs.
Both the teams have good sets of batsmen who have proven to break records and have been few of the main features of the fantasy team. Tamim Iqbal had a rare failure in his last match, but that hasn’t affected his PPM. He has a PPM of 75.0 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last five T20s, which is the best among the players from both the teams. Malan is second in command with a PPM of 63.8 and an MDTA of 1.25 followed by Soumya Sarkar with a PPM of 48.0.
Wahab Riaz, who has been having a good run of late, leads the bowler’s PPM list with 47.8. Cumilla Warriors skipper Dasun Shanaka is second in the line of bowlers with a PPM of 36.2 followed by his counter-part Mashrafe with 35.6.
The Warriors is unlikely to change their winning combination. As for Dhaka Platoon, they would look to bring in Shuvgata Hom in place of Arriful Haque.
Cumilla Warriors probable XI:
Yasir Ali, B Rajapaksha, Soumya Sarkar, Dawid Malan, Sabbir Rahman, Dasun Shanaka (c), M Islam Ankon (wk), Abu Haider Rony, Sunzamul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Dhaka Platoon probable XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Laurie Evans, Jaker Ali (wk), Thisara Perera, Arriful Haque/Shuvgata Hom, Shahid Afridi, Mehidi Hasan, Wahab Riaz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Hasan Mahmud.
The pitch in the evening match has seen two contrasting results in the two matches. In the first day, the teams chasing were bundled out for 68 and in the second day, the chasing team was gunned down at 135 within 14 overs. The pacers have had more wickets in both the matches and dew has been a factor to consider.
The left-handed dashing opener is one of the must-have players in the fantasy team. He has a PPM of 75.0 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last five T20 matches, not just in these five matches, but his over all T20 PPM of 42.1 and an MDTA of 1.67 suggests how consistently he has been among the dream team.
Dawid Malan has had a sensational start to his international career with 6 scores of over 50 in the nine innings he has played, including a century against New Zealand in his last international innings. Not surprising that he has a PPM of 63.8 in the last five T20s and is compulsory in the fantasy XI.
Another left-handed batsman in Bangladesh ranks who has had good success in recent times. His PPM of 48.0 and an MDTA of 1.25 is something that implicates his success in the dream team as well.
Wahab is coming off an astonishing MSL season where he ended up with at least a wicket in almost all the matches except for one. He has been racking up points in the fantasy team as well. He sits at a PPM of 47.8 in the last five T20s.
In the first match, Mujeeb spun a web in the power play overs that dent the chase for Rangers. His bowling in the first 6 overs in which he specializes and delivers consistently. He has PPM of 30.2 in the last five T20s, though it is the average, he is one of the bowlers who would make an exceptional choice
The Cumilla Warriors skipper played an absolute blinder in the first match to take the defending champs out of danger. He scored 71 runs at a strike rate of 241. His PPM of 36.1 is the fifth-best among the players from both the teams, his all-round ability is something that would entice anyone to keep him in the fantasy team.