With the second Dhaka leg underway in the Bangladesh Premier League 2018-19, the home team Dhaka Dynamites are back in action at the very ground where they won their first four matches. They take on an equally impressive Chittagong Vikings side who have been rampant over the past few matches.
The likes of Mohammed Shahzad and Mushfiqur Rahim have led the way for the Vikings and would be looking to jump to the top of the table with a crucial win. With arguably the two best sides in the tournament pitted against each other, fantasy players are in for a treat.
Squads to choose from:
Shakib Al Hasan(C), Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Andrew Birch, Andre Russell, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Ian Bell, Qazi Onik, Mohammad Asif Hasan, Naim Sheikh
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
Playing XI Updates:
Dhaka made a number of changes last time out with the likes of Hazratullah Zazai and Kieron Pollard being dropped for the sake of balance in the squad. The victory over Sylhet just indicates the kind of bench strength the team has in their possession and they would be ideally banking on it for the rest of the tournament as well.
Mizanur Rahman should be given another go at the top of the order with maybe Nurul Hasan another option up top. Darwish Rasooli could make way for Hazratullah Zazai with the southpaw doing good at Dhaka in the first phase. Aliss Islam didn't finish his quota of overs in the last match due to an injury and could be replaced with Hom.
Playing XI: Zazai, Narine, Talukdar, Shakib(C), Russell, Naim, Nurul, Mizanur, Birch, Rubel and Hom.
The Vikings were rampant with their batting unit lead by Rahim scoring in excess of 200. Dasun Shanaka and Najibullah were explosive at the end which helped to an above par score and more of the same is expected from them again. The bowling unit looks fairly settled with Abu Jayed and Nayeem doing well for the Vikings. No changes are expected of them for their clash against Dhaka.
Possible XI: Delport, Shahzad (WK), Yasir Ali, Rahim, Shanaka, Najibullah, Mosaddek, Nayeem, Sunzamul, Khaled and Abu Jayed.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicketkeeper: Mohammed Shahzad is the obvious choice with the Afghan opener in blistering form at the top of the order. He has been very lethal in the powerplay overs which is exactly why he is the obvious choice for this crucial spot.
Batsmen: Mushfiqur Rahim and Rony Talukdar have been the best batsman of their respective teams with crucial knocks in defining junctures. Both of them are in great touch as well, making them valuable selections to go by. Cameron Delport has shown glimpses of his batting prowess and will be eager to have a say in the match. His bowling is an added advantage for fantasy players.
All-rounders: With three world-class all-rounders on offer, Shakib, Narine and Russell are to be selected into the team without any fuss. All of the three have the capacity to change the course match in a jiffy and invaluable picks to go with.
Bowlers: Nayeem Hasan and Abu Jayed have been impressive in the BPL so far and are useful picks as well. Nayeem's off-spin is sure to come in handy against the likes of Narine and Shakib. Andrew Birch was also good with the ball against the Sylhet Sixers and should be ideally selected with his death bowling prowess second to none in the Dhaka team.
Captain: Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are the ideal candidates for captaincy with both of them having good experiences and memories at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Cameron Delport is also an attractive option with his blistering batting yet to come to the fore.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Mohammed Shahzad (WK), Mushfiqur Rahim, Cameron Delport, Rony Talukdar, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed and Andrew Birch. Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Mohammed Shahzad (WK), Cameron Delport, Rony Talukdar, Rony Talukdar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Dasun Shanaka, Andrew Birch, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed and Rubel Hossain. Captain: Cameron Delport.Published 20 Jan 2019, 16:41 IST