ABOUT THE MATCH
Dhaka Platoon and Rangpur Riders are getting ready to play against each other again just a day after their previous match. That match went the way of Dhaka Platoon as they absolutely crushed the Rangpur Riders. There are just a couple of matches left in the group stage of the BPL and the Rangpur Rangers have no room for error.
They must win these last two matches and hope that some of the other results go their way as well. Dhaka Platoon is assured of a place in the BPL playoffs and would be eyeing the top spot in these remaining few matches.
Dhaka Platoon vs Rangpur Rangers BPL 2019-20 is going to be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on the 10th of January 2020.
Seven wins out of the ten matches that they have played shows just how well Dhaka Platoon has played this season. It beat the Rangpur Rangers by 61 runs in the previous match, a tally that is very large in T20 cricket.
The reason behind that victory was the performance of the bowlers. Mahedi Hasan was spectacular as he picked up three wickets for just 13 runs in 3.3 overs. He was well supported by Mashrafe Mortaza, Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan.
The presence of these two Pakistani internationals in the side has made a big difference to Dhaka Platoon. Not only are these two good T20 bowlers but they are also quite capable of performing with the bat as well.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, and Asif Ali form a pretty strong batting unit that should be able to score runs pretty consistently as well. Overall, Dhaka Platoon has been able to achieve sustained success thanks to some strong team leadership and most of its senior players being in form.
Dhaka Platoon Starting Lineup
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Ariful Haque, Mominul Haque, Asif Ali, Thisara Perera, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mashrafe Mortaza, Hasan Mahmud.
Shane Watson getting out first ball was a death bowl for the Rangpur Rangers and they could never recover from it. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 84. The wickets at the Shere Bangla had slowed up a bit during the second inning but nothing to excuse the kind of batting performance we saw from the Rangpur Rangers.
Now the Rangpur Rangers have no scope for mistakes. They are going to be under pressure to win and possibly by a big margin. This means that Shane Watson and Cameron Delport have to do the bulk of the run-scoring. They also have Lewis Gregory and Mohammad Naim in the batting lineup, both of whom have played some good innings this season already.
The overall inconsistency in the batting lineup, though, is something that gives us cause for concern.
Mustafizur Rahman has been in brilliant touch with the ball. We are seeing him bowl at his best after a long time now and the confidence of a bucket-load of wickets to his name is clear to see. Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny are going to be the bowlers that help him attack a strong Dhaka batting lineup.
The Rangpur Rangers need more of the same from Mustafizur Rahman and an inspired performance from a couple of its other bowlers as well.
Rangpur Rangers Starting Lineup
Mohammad Naim, SR Watson, C Delport, Lewis Gregory, Junaid Khan, Al Amin, Nadif Chowdhury, Jahurul Islam, A Sunny, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.