After contrasting fortunes in the second Dhaka leg of the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League, Sylhet Sixers and Rajshahi Kings square off in the first match at Chittagong.
While Sylhet Sixers are all but out of the tournament, Rajshahi are currently fifth and well placed to mount a challenge to get to the playoffs as well.
With both teams coming off losses in their previous match, this clash holds more importance all together and promises to be a worth-while match.
Squads to choose from
Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das, Sohail Tanvir (c), Jason Roy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Afif Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Andre Fletcher, Towhid Hridoy, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Irfan, Nabil Samad, Ebadat Hossain, Alok Kapali, Jaker Ali, Gulbadin Naib, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Patrick Brown and Nicholas Pooran
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 and Mohammad Hafeez
Playing XI Updates
After David Warner's departure due to an injured elbow, Sylhet chose Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir as the captain of the side.
Mohammed Irfan should be dropped for Jason Roy, who has already reportedly trained in the nets as well. With Sandeep Lamichhane also leaving for national duty, Mohammed Nawaz did do a valiant job and should keep his place too.
Possible XI: Liton (wk), Roy, Sabbir, Nasir Afif, Pooran, Nawaz, Kapali, Jakir, Tanvir (c) and Taskin Ahmed
Laurie Evans has sparked to form with a hundred and a fifty to his name in the last two matches. Marshall Ayub has failed miserably and should be replaced by Mominul Haque who could open the batting with Evans. Qais Ahmed could be replaced with Isuru Udana with Kamrul not doing justice in the death overs.
Possible XI: Evans, Mominul, Sarkar, Ten Doeschate, Zakir (wk), Jonker, Mehidy Hasan (c), Qais, Sunny, Kamrul and Mustafizur
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Liton Das is the preferred wicket-keeper over Zakir Hasan with Das performing well in the last few matches. In spite of a failure in the last match, he should be able to put in a great performance against the Kings.
Batsmen: Soumya Sarkar, Jason Roy, Laurie Evans, and Sabbir Rahman are the ideal set of batsmen to go ahead with. Nicholas Pooran is amongst the top run-scorers as well and could be slotted in for either of the two Sixers batsmen.
All-rounders: Mehidy and Alok Kapali have been fairly consistent with the ball with crucial wickets also to their name. With their added batting ability to show for, both of them are invaluable picks to any fantasy side.
Bowlers: Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammed Nawaz are two invaluable players to have in your side with both of doing well also in the previous round of matches. Adding to the two, Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam are also viable options for the fantasy side.
Captain: Laurie Evans is a major candidate for captain but with the Sussex batsmen due for failure, choices such as Sabbir Rahman and Liton Das are also quite attractive.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Liton Das(WK), Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Jason Roy, Laurie Evans, Mehidy Hasan, Alok Kapali, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mohammed Nawaz and Taskin Ahmed. Captain: Laurie Evans
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Zakir Hasan(WK), Laurie Evans, Sabbir Rahman, Nicolas Pooran, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Qais Ahmed, Mohammed Nawaz and Taskin Ahmed. Captain: Sabbir Rahman