Rangpur Riders defeated Sylhet Sixers in the last match by 4 wickets and currently standing at 4th position with 10 points. If Riders wins this match then they will move to 2nd place by pushing Khulna to 3rd, who are having 13 points in their kitty. Riders has more fire power in batting line upthan Khulna Titans. They have beaten Khulna Titans two times out of three in the BPL. When these two teams met earlier in this season Titans won by 9 runs. Riders will be waiting for a vengeance here.
Sher-e-Bangla – Dhaka, Bangladesh
Clear and no chance of rain
The wicket is expected to favor both the batsmen and the bowlers alike. Spinners could get more assistance than seamers.
Team News : Rangpur Riders
In this type of conditions we are expecting Rangpur will not make any changes. Wins are essential for this team and if they take any wrong step here then they will pay for that. Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Ravi Bopara form the core of the team’s batting. Gayle has good average in BPL in all seasons. In this season also he played two or three good innings after his arrival. We can expect some big innings from him today. In the last match Riders batting order failed completely so they may come strong. Bopara is currently leading the BPL 2017 runs charts and he even hit a fifty in the reverse fixture. In bowling, skipper Mortaza is very very essential. He is doing well with the ball and can surprise everyone by promoting himself at top of the batting order. Nazmul Islam is another key bowler for Riders. Samuel Badree may play this game but not confirmed.
Team News : Khulna Titans
Mahmudullah hold the key for the Titans at the top of the batting order while Carlos Brathwaite will be a major threat for the Riders down the lineup. Rossouw is not doing well in past few matches so he is doubtful in this game. NIcholas Pooran and Haque are other important players for Khulna in batting order.When it comes to bowling, the Titans will rely on their seamers Abu Jayed and Shafiul Islam to deliver the goods.
Rangpur Riders Probable XI
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Malinga/Samuel Badree, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Shahriar Nafees, Ravi Bopara ,Adam Lyth / Charles, Rubel Hossain, , Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nahidul Islam
Khulna Titans Probable XI
Mahmudullah (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rilee Rossouw/ Shafiul Islam, Afif Hossain, Carlos Brathwaite, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque, Jofra Chioke Archer/ Kyle Abbot, Tanvir Islam, Junaid Khan, Abu Jayed
Prediction : The two teams have faced other three times in the BPL with Rangpur Riders having emerged victorious on two of those occasions. They have a strong outfit with the likes of Gayle, McCullum and Bopara in their ranks and we predict them to win this match.