BBL 2018-19 Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings 15th Match Prediction. After losing their first four matches, Khulna Titans will be desperate to register their first win of the season when they take on the Rajshahi Kings. This 15th fixture of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 is scheduled to be played on January 15 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. Live telecast of the match will begin at 1:30 PM local time.
- Khulna Titans will be playing under enormous pressure after having failed to secure a single win from their first four matches.
- Rajshahi Kings registered a comfortable seven-wicket win when they faced Khulna Titans earlier in the season.
- Rajshahi Kings have more depth in their batting and more strength in their bowling attack as compared to Khulna Titans.
Our Pick: Rajshahi Kings
ABOUT THE MATCH
Just as the teams were settling into the groove at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, the Bangladesh Premier League is all set to move to Sylhet for the second leg of the tournament. In the past couple of days, we have seen some of the closest encounters of the tournament including the super-over match between Khulna Titans and Chittagong Vikings.
Currently, the Titans are at the bottom of the table and are yet to get off the mark in the points table. They, along with Rajshahi Kings, will get the things rolling at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet as they lock horns on 15th January. Rajshahi Kings’ recent win over Rangpur Riders added to more points to their kitty, but due to their poor net run rate, they are the fifth position will all other teams with four points having a net run rate better than them.
Khulna Titans will be looking to start the second leg on a happy note to get back into the contention for the playoffs. Rajshahi Kings, on the other hand, did well in their last game and will be looking to move higher up the ladder. Looking at how close the recent matches have been in the competition, a thriller of a contest is certainly on the cards.
KT vs RK, BPL 2019: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Geo TV, Geo Super, GTV, SportsMax
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Rabbitholebd
This is the first game of the BPL 2019 that will be played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The venue has hosted eight T20 internationals in the past out of which seven have been won by the side bowling first. Moreover, since the wicket is expected to remain the same across the 40 overs, the team that wins the toss here will probably want to chase.
Khulna Titans Team News & Playing 11
KT Team News
Khulna Titans have received a big boost in their bowling department with the arrival of Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan veteran pace bowler took eight wickets in as many matches he had played for Rangpur Riders in the BPL 2017. Ariful Haque has not looked in the best of forms so far this season and he could make way for Jahurul Islam. The Titans replaced Ali Khan with Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan in their last game against Chittagong Vikings. The latter had a good outing and is likely to be retained for this match.
KT Key Players
Junaid Siddique is featuring amongst the top five batsmen of the BPL 2019 with 107 runs from four matches at a strike-rate of 135.44. His opening partner Paul Stirling smashed a half-century in the first game against Rangpur Riders and both these batsmen will hold the key to Khulna’s batting. Dawid Malan and Mahmudullah looked promising in their respective knocks of 45 and 33 in the last match against Chittagong Vikings. In terms of bowling, the Titans will bank on Paul Stirling, Carlos Brathwaite and Junaid Khan to deliver the goods. Stirling has been the team’s most impressive bowler with three wickets from four matches at an outstanding economy of 5. Brathwaite took a couple of wickets in the last game while Junaid, who conceded just 24 runs off his four overs, can be expected to keep things tight again.
KT Recent Form
Khulna Titans have made a horrible start to their BPL 06 campaign. They are still searching for their first win of the season after having played four matches and are languishing at the bottom of the league standings. The Titans tied their previous encounter against Chittagong Vikings at Dhaka but failed to open their account on the points table as they went down in the super over.
Khulna Titans Predicted Playing 11
- Paul Stirling, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah (c), Dawid Malan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Ariful Haque/Jahurul Islam, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Taijul Islam, Shariful Islam, Junaid Khan
Rajshahi Kings Team News & Playing 11
RK Team News
Rajshahi Kings made a couple of changes to their side for the previous game against Rangpur Riders, replacing all-rounder Fazle Mahmud and leg-spinner Qais Ahmad with Ryan ten Doeschate and Kamrul Islam respectively. The Kings are coming off a win and are unlikely to tweak their winning combination. Mominul Haque will probably continue to open the batting alongside skipper Mehidy Hasan with Soumya Sarkar to follow at number three.
RK Key Players
Rajshahi Kings have a strong batting line-up with Mohammad Hafeez, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar and Zakir Hasan being the key figures. Mominul scored 44 in last week’s reverse encounter against Khulna Titans and he will look to put on another good showing with the bat. Zakir is coming off an unbeaten 42 against Rangpur Riders while Hafeez and Sarkar have plenty of international experience under their belts. Skipper Mehidy Hasan has been impressive with the bat and he is also one of the key men for the Kings with the ball. Sri Lanka’s Isuru Udana, however, has been the pick of the bowlers with four wickets in three matches which includes a three-wicket haul against the Titans. Mustafizur Rahman and Arafat Sunny are two others in this bowling attack that could cause problems for the opposition.
RK Recent Form
Rajshahi Kings currently find themselves fifth on the BPL 2019 points table with two wins and as many losses from four league games. They suffered a heavy 83-run defeat in their campaign opener against Dhaka Dynamites and then bounced back with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Khulna Titans in their next match. The Kings were then downed by Comilla Victorians before securing a thrilling five-run victory in their last match against Rangpur Riders.
Rajshahi Kings Predicted Playing 11
- Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Hafeez, Zakir Hasan (wk), Laurie Evans, Ryan ten Doeschate, Isuru Udana, Arafat Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
KT : T L L L L
RK : W L W L L
KT vs RK Head to Head
Khulna Titans and Rajshahi Kings have both played six matches against each other in the Bangladesh Premier League with both winning three times each.
Khulna Titans have beaten Rajshahi Kings twice in their last three attempts. Both of those wins were secured in the previous edition of the tournament.
Rajshahi Kings registered a seven-wicket win in the most recent face-off between the two teams that came in the ongoing season at Dhaka last week. Opting to bat first, Khulna Titans managed only 117/9 which proved to be insufficient as the Kings completed a successful run-chase in the penultimate over of the match.
Matches Played: 6; Khulna Titans Won: 3; Rajshahi Kings Won: 3
Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings Betting Odds
Rajshahi Kings are favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 15th match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019. They are being offered at odds of 1.75 on Betway, 1.80 on Bet365 and 1.92 on Betfair. Khulna Titans are outsiders for this game at a higher price of 1.95 on Betway and 2 on both Bet365 and Betfair.
Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings Prediction
Khulna Titans are the only team who are yet to register a win this season. So obviously, there is going to be a lot of pressure on them as another loss here will make it very tough for them to get back into the competition. Also, having lost to Rajshahi Kings in the reverse fixture last week won’t do their confidence any good. The Kings have not been consistent themselves but they have certainly played much better than the Titans up till now. They look superior in both the departments on paper and have the momentum from their win in the last match which is why we feel they are better placed to win here.