Two teams at the bottom of the table will face off in the next BPL match. In the 33rd match of the season Chittagong Vikings will face Rajshahi KIngs in a head to head match. Chittagong Vikings play off chances are almost closed and wonders should happen if Vikings need to be in playoffs. Rajshahi Kings are also in same situation but they have a small chance. If Kings win in all their up coming matches with a high run rate then they will have chance. But it is not very easy and they are almost out of the tournament. In this match Rajshahi is looking strong. Both Chittagong and Rajshahi will fight for moving forward in points table.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium – Chittagong
A high scoring contest may come. Pitch is good for batting and spinners can get some turn if they try hard.
Team News : Chittagong Vikings
Chittagong Vikings are looking deflated at present situation with just 2 wins in 9 matches. They have not given any competition and standing at bottom of the table. Chittagong are on the verge of elimination with 3 matches remaining in league stage. The only positive thing from their side is their skipper Luke Ronchi. He has a good tournament so far with bat and can expect few more big innings from him. After Ronchi the team will look on Haque and Raza to score good runs against Rajshahi Kings. Bangladeshi opener and icon player of Vikings Sarkar, played some worst innings in this season. He didn’t impress as expected and struggled a lot to get runs on home pitches. In the middle order Van Zyl presence is giving some strength to the team. Their bowling is very worst and gave plenty of runs in previous matches. A part from Taskin no other bowler took couple of wickets in almost matches. All Afghan players are going back for home duties, Zadran may not be available. Either Shruvo or Alauddin Babu to be named in the match against Kings but very very less chances.
Team News : Rajshahi Kings
Definitely they would have realized why they removed Smith from the team in last match. They paid for it, they won two matches when he was in and without any reason they rotated him. With that loss their playoffs chances are almost closed. The runner ups only won 3 out of 9 matches and they are ahead of Vikings in points table. They have a decent batting order with named players like Sammy, Rahim, Wright but everyone failed to get runs and they never worked as a team. Wright and Haque will be the key persons at top of order while Rahim and Sammy will play the same amount of role in middle order. Skipper Sammy has the ability to hit big but he hasn’t scored anything except one that too against the same oppositions. Simmons was back in nets and there will be a toss between Simmons and Smith. Mustafizur is one of the top most bowlers in the world now so he can get his momentum back at any time. Sami also should support him just like he did in that match against Comilla.
Chittagong Vikings probable XI
Ronchi (c/wk), Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Van Zyl, Zadran / Reece, Raza, Emrit, Hayder, Al Amin, Sunzamul Islam, Taskin
Rajshahi Kings probable XI
Smith/ Simmons, Wright, Mominul Haque, Zakir Hasan, Rahim (wk) , Franklin / Samit Patel, Sammy (c), Mehady Hasan, Sami , Mustafizur, Hossain Ali
Prediction : Rajshahi Kings have won two out of three matches against Chittagong Vikings in the BPL. Rajshahi Kings have more firepower in their bowling department than Chittagong Vikings. Rajshahi is having upper hand than Chittagong so Rajshahi are favourites of this match.