After morale-boosting wins against the Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians respectively, the stage is set for the Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings to take the centre stage as both teams look to get one over the other in their fight to seal a playoff spot in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019.
While the Vikings had Robbie Frylinck to thank once again after a brilliant assault in the final over, Kings had their very own overseas duo of Laurie Evans and Ryan Ten Doeschate launch a mammoth partnership which won them the match. With both teams having momentum on their side, it promises to be another cliffhanger.
Squads to choose from:
Sunzamul Islam, Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Mosaddek Hossain, Dasun Shanaka, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Najibullah Zadran, Nayeem Hasan, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Ashraful, Robiul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, Shadman Islam
Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan(C), Zakir Hasan, Qais Ahmad, Christiaan Jonker, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Ryan ten Doeschate, Arafat Sunny, Alauddin Babu, Isuru Udana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Hafeez
Playing XI Updates:
No changes are expected from the victorious side that played against Dhaka Dynamites. Robbie Frylinck's return gives more balance to the side and Rahim would be banking on it come their match against the Kings gets underway.
Possible XI: Delport, Shahzad(WK), Yasir, Rahim(C), Mosaddek, Shanaka, Frylinck, Nayeem, Abu Jayed, Sunzamul and Khaled Ahmed
Laurie Evans' return to the side saw him smash this BPL season's first hundred. He will be the key alongside Mustafizur Rahman, whose off-cutters were right on the money against Shahid Afridi towards the end overs. With Soumya Sarkar available on the bench for the Kings, he might come in for Shahriar Nafees, who hasn't come off in the two innings he has played.
Qais Ahmed could also make way for Isuru Udana with the leg-spinner proving expensive in spite of the two wickets he was able to pick up.
Possible XI: Sarkar, Evans, Ayub, Mehidy(C), ten Doeschate, Zakir (WK), Jonker, Sunny, Mustafizur, Udana and Kamrul Islam.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicketkeeper: Mohammed Shahzad is the ideal choice with his ability to provide fast starts which are well known to one and all. The Afghan has been lukewarm this season and with his recent failure against the Dhaka Dynamites, he should score a big one against Rajshahi.
Batsmen: Mushfiqur Rahim has been fairly consistently scoring runs for his team but hasn't quite got them over the line with Frylinck taking care of that. But the diminutive batsman should be among the first names on the fantasy team sheet with Cameron Delport and Laurie Evans. Delport's medium pacers have ruled the roost in the last two matches and with his batting prowess, he is one for the taking. Marshall Ayub is also a viable option.
All-rounder: Mehidy Hasan Miraz is the only all-rounder available to fantasy players who is assured of his place and in full certainty going to get a chance with both bat and ball consistently. The all-rounder has been decent with the ball and it has been his mature batting that has done the trick for him and the Kings.
Bowlers: Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam, Abu Jayed and Robbie Frylinck are the ideal set of bowlers for your fantasy team. Frylinck's six-hitting ability was evident on Monday with the big South African winning the match for the Vikings. He, along with Mustafizur, are going to be crucial in the death overs with the pitches in Dhaka meant to be high-scoring.
Captain: Cameron Delport smashed a 12-ball 30 in their previous match to go along with his three-wicket haul. He is the ideal players for this position with the likes of Laurie Evans and Mohammed Shahzad also among the contenders.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Mohammed Shahzad (WK), Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Mushfiqur Rahim, Cameron Delport, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Robbie Frylinck, Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam and Abu Jayed. Captain: Cameron Delport.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Mohammed Shahzad (WK), Cameron Delport, Mushfiqur Rahim, Laurie Evans, Christiaan Jonker, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam, Khaled Ahmed and Robbie Frylinck. Captain: Mohammed Shahzad.