The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2024 marks the league’s milestone tenth season since its inauguration in 2012. The tournament has witnessed exciting matches and fierce competition among the teams. Let’s delve into the preview of the upcoming clash between Khulna Tigers and Rangpur Riders:
|Bangladesh Premier League, 2024
|Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
|Date and Time
|26 January 2024, 13:30
BPL 2024 Overview: Khulna Tigers have made an impressive start to their campaign this season, securing two consecutive victories. With a strong desire to dominate the league, they aim to maintain their winning streak and assert their dominance.
On the other hand, Rangpur Riders bounced back strongly after their initial loss in the opening match. Their victory against Sylhet Strikers in the second match has boosted their confidence, and they are determined to carry forward their momentum in the upcoming encounter.
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Khulna Tigers Preview:
Khulna Tigers showcased their batting prowess in their previous match, comfortably chasing down a target of 188 runs in just 18 overs, securing an emphatic 8-wicket victory. Anamul Haque, Evin Lewis, and Afif Hossain played crucial innings to steer their team to victory. Shai Hope’s attacking cameo further solidified their chase.
However, their bowlers faced some challenges, conceding 187/4 in 20 overs. Despite Nahidul Islam’s economical spell, other bowlers struggled to contain the opposition. Key players to watch out for in Khulna Tigers include Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, and Shai Hope.
Khulna Tigers Predicted Playing XI: Anamul Haque, Evin Lewis, Afif Hossain, Shai Hope, Oshane Thomas, Nasum Ahmed, Mukidul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Faheem Ashraf, Nahidul Islam
Rangpur Riders Preview:
Rangpur Riders displayed resilience in their previous match, chasing down a below-par total of 125 runs. Babar Azam and Azmatullah Omarzai played pivotal innings, guiding their team to victory with an impressive 86-run partnership. However, their top-order struggled initially, losing wickets in quick succession.
Their bowlers put up a commendable performance, restricting the opposition to 120/8 in 20 overs. Mahedi Hasan and Rippon Mondal stood out with two wickets each, supported well by Hasan Mahmud and Mohammed Nabi.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing XI: Babar Azam, Rony Talukdar, Brandon King, Nurul Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammed Nabi, Hasan Mahmud, Rippon Mondal, Hasan Murad
The pitch in Sylhet is anticipated to be slightly slow, offering some assistance to the spinners. However, there shouldn’t be significant variable bounce. We can expect a balanced contest between bat and ball, with average scores likely to range between 160-180 runs.
Toss: To Bowl:
In line with recent trends, both teams will likely opt to bowl first upon winning the toss. Interestingly, all eight matches played at this venue so far have been won by teams batting second. The aggressive approach adopted by the batters indicates that no target is considered safe in today’s cricketing scenario.
KLT vs RGR: Match Prediction
In terms of winning prediction, Khulna Tigers appear to have an edge. They possess a formidable top order comprising players capable of scoring at a massive strike rate. Although their bowlers were slightly off target in the last game, the Rangpur Riders showcased an excellent performance, restricting the opposition to a below-par total.
Prediction: Khulna Tigers will win the match.
However, Khulna Tigers’ batting depth proved crucial as they managed to rescue their team from a tough situation and secure victory. Given their recent form and strengths, Khulna Tigers are expected to emerge victorious in this match.