After the arrival of Gayle and Brendon McCullum Rangpur Raiders fortune has changed. They are performing better and have won three of their last four matches. At one stage they have looked like they would be the first team to get eliminated from the tournament. But Gayle and McCullum’s entry increased their confidence levels. With 4 wins and 4 loses in 8 matches they are standing at 4th position in points table. On the other side, Sylhet Sixers started the tournament with 3 consecutive wins and have looked like they will make a history by winning the trophy in first season itself. But after a rain ruining game their fate has changed. They lost the momentum completely and have lost their five fixtures in a row. Already Rangpur defeated Sylhet once in this season and this will be their second game.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium – Chittagong
Plenty of sunshine and good forecast for match
A decent batting surface is expected to be prepared for this game. Spinners are likely to get more assistance from the pitch. As we have already witnessed two big run scoring matches on this wicket. So if batsman settles then can play big shots right from the beginning.
Team News : Rangpur Riders
The team is rely mostly on the likes of Gayle and McCullum at top order. We already know very well about this duo. Gayle is having a very good strike rate in BPL and he is continuing that. Gayle is having 3 good scores in 4 matches. But McCullum is struggling to get runs and also not looking in full flow. Riders are having good batting line up with big names like Bopara, Perera. Bopara is the second leading run scorer at present in the tournament. He can bowl too and give breaks to the opponents in middle overs. Their bowling line up is also good with names like skipper Mortaza, Malinga, Rubel.
Team News : Sylhet Sixers
Sixers game is reminding me of a playing cards. They started the tournament with 3 consecutive wins and there after they have not managed to win in their last 5 previous encounters. If they can’t win the next 2 to 3 matches then definitely they will be out of tournament. They quality number of side with players like Babar Azam, Gunathilaka, Fletcher, Sabbir but almost all have failed to convert their scores into big ones. Gunathilaka will be their key player and he is scoring runs continuously. In bowling they have players like Bresnan, Abul Hasan Islam. They all must work in a unit to win more matches.
Rangpur Riders Probable XI
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Samuel Badree, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Shahriar Nafees, Ravi Bopara Adam Lyth / Charles, Rubel Hossain, , Sohag Gazi, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nahidul Islam
Sylhet Sixers Probable XI
Nasir Hossain (c), Tim Bresnan, Andre Fletcher, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Sabbir Rahman, Taijul Islam, Abul Hasan, Babar Azam, , Nurul Hasan (wk), Ghulam Mudassar, Ross Whiteley
Big Update on Sri Lankan Players, have been called back from BPL as per reports. Thisara Perera has left and it is confirmed 100%. Sohail Tanvir has joined the Sixers Squad
Prediction : Sixers lost their momentum. Raiders are doing well in the second half of the tournament. Expect they will continue the same once against and taking them as favourites.