BPL 2018-19 Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings 27th Match Prediction. As the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League’s third phase of fixtures draws to a close in Dhaka, Chittagong Vikings face Rajshahi Kings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled for January 23 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
- Chittagong Vikings toppled Dhaka Dynamites in their most recent match – they have won five of their six games so far as a result.
- Robbie Frylinck has been their undoubted star and was at it again in that win – the South African all-rounder took 2-19 and then hit three sixes in the final over to seal victory.
- Rajshahi Kings also come into this game on the back of a win, meanwhile, after Laurie Evans returned to form in style with this year’s first BPL century in the win against Comilla Victorians.
Our Pick: Chittagong Vikings
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Chittagong Vikings won a thrilling match against the Dhaka Dynamites in their previous match and are now joint leaders of the Bangladesh Premier League. In fact, the Chittagong Vikings have one game in hand and thus could overtake the Dhaka Dynamites by winning their next match against the Rajshahi Kings.
The Rajshahi Kings have been in good touch as well. They won their last game against a strong Comilla Victorians side thanks to a brilliant century from Laurie Evans. The task ahead of them is tough and they will need more than individual brilliance to overcome the Chittagong Vikings.
The Chittagong Vikings will be deserved leaders of the BPL if they do manage to win this game.
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Chittagong Vikings tend to prefer to chase and, given Rajshahi have claimed wins batting first, that could be what happens regardless of who wins the toss.
Chittagong Vikings Team News & Playing 11
CHV Team News
Robbie Frylinck returned to the team with a match-winning performance against Dhaka Dynamites, replacing Najbullah Zadran in the starting line-up in the only change between the Vikings’ last two wins. The team that beat Dhaka looks to be the Vikings’ best balanced one, with Dasun Shanaka having stepped in for the last two games following the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand. Changes have generally been kept to a minimum.
CHV Key Players
Robbie Frylinck’s all-round form is firing the Chittagong Vikings to success at the moment. The South African all-rounder has been a revelation so far, contributing in all five games he has played. He has 11 wickets in that time for starters, including 2-19 last time out against the Dynamites and seven wickets for 40 runs across the first two matches. He has also hit some vital runs, top-scoring with 44 not out against Sylhet Sixers. He also scored 23 against Khulna Titans, including two sixes in the final over to force a tie before batting and bowling the Vikings to victory in the Super Over, and last time out his unbeaten 25 including three sixes in the final over to seal victory against the Dynamites.
Elsewhere, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a patient 22 last time out, meaning he has now passed 200 runs for the tournament – including half-centuries in the Vikings’ previous two games. Cameron Delport starred with bat and ball, meanwhile – he took 3-25 to move to five wickets in his last two games, and then hammered 30 from 12 balls at the top of the innings.
Mohammad Shahzad fell short but his ability is no secret any more. He shone in the Afghanistan Premier League and had scored 46 and 33 in his previous two innings.
Backing Frylinck (and now Delport) with the ball, meanwhile, are the likes of Abu Jayed – who moved to nine wickets after 2-26 in four overs, including a maiden.
CHV Team Form
Chittagong Vikings have emerged as serious rivals to Dhaka Dynamites after beating them in their most recent game. Robbie Frylinck starred with bat and ball (2-19 and 25* including three sixes in the final over, as they reached 145/7 to win by three wickets) to continue the theme of his and the Vikings’ tournament so far.
He started with 4-14 to bowl defending champions Rangpur Riders out for 98 on the way to a three-wicket win in the opening game, and then took 3-26 and scored 44* in a six-run defeat to the Sylhet Sixers. The Vikings have not lost since. Frylinck hit two sixes in the final over to force a tie chasing 152 to beat Khulna Titans, and then bowled and batted as the Vikings won the Super Over. He also hit the match-winning six against Comilla Victorians – with two balls to spare – after Mushfiqur Rahim’s 75 from 41 balls had powered the chase of 185 in a four-wicket win.
Rahim hit another half-century, as did Yasir Ali (54) and nearly Mohammad Shahzad (46), in the huge total of 214/4 in their only game in Sylhet, on their way to a 26-run win, before the Vikings beat league leaders Dhaka Dynamites.
Cameron Delport (3-25), Frylinck (2-19) and Abu Jayed (2-26) helped restrict the Dynamites to 139/9 before Delport hammered 30 to set up a successful chase. They looked to have left themselves a little too much to do after some sluggish middle overs, but Frylinck hit an unbeaten 25 from ten balls – including those three sixes – in a three-wicket win, with one ball to spare.
Chittagong Vikings Predicted Playing 11
- Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Dasun Shanaka, Mosaddek Hossain, Robbie Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Rajshahi Kings Team News & Playing 11
RK Team News
Rajshahi Kings made two changes for the game against Comilla Victorians last time out and one at least paid off big time – Laurie Evans hammering the first century of this year’s competition in a 38-run win, having previously been out of form.
Qais Ahmed was the other player to come in, replacing Isuru Udana who was on international duty with Sri Lanka A. He took two wickets but was expensive and the Kings must decide whether to make further changes or stick with a winning line-up.
RK Key Players
Laurie Evans’ ability was well known, having been top run scorer in the English T20 Blast and one of the top players as Kabul Zwanan reached the Afghanistan Premier League final. His unbeaten 104 opening the batting was his first T20 century, however, and a sign he is back to his best form.
Evans shared an unbroken 148-run partnership with Ryan ten Doeschate (59*) – the Dutch all-rounder having also starred in the Afghanistan Premier League. Asked to bowl for the first time in this year’s tournament, he also claimed 2-15 last time out – showcasing his importance with bat and ball.
The bowlers have been in more consistent form, however, with Kamrul Islam Rabbi the latest to star. He took 4-10 from his three overs as the Comilla Victorians were bowled out last time and now has seven wickets for the tournament. Mustafizur Rahman has one less, but his six have come with an economy rate of just 4.96 runs per over. Arafat Sunny is their leading wicket taker, meanwhile, with nine – including 3-8 in the win against Dhaka Dynamites.
RK Team Form
Rajshahi Kings’ batsmen finally fired in their win against Comilla Victorians, as Laurie Evans hit the BPL’s first century of the season (104*) and shared a 148-run unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Ryan ten Doeschate (59*) in a total of 176/3. Kamrul Islam Rabbi then claimed 4-10 from three overs in a 38-run win.
Previously, they had struggled with low scores – their other wins owing much more to their bowling than their batting. They lost after being bowled out for 106 and 124 in the first and third matches respectively, but beat Khulna Titans by seven wickets after dismissing them for 118 in between.
They then defended 135/8 against Rangpur Riders, with Mustafizur Rahman bowling three dot balls in the final over to seal a five-run win.
Another defeat followed as the inconsistent form continued – bowled out for 103 by Khulna Titans chasing just 129 to win. They then proved their inconsistent form by beating the previously unbeaten Dhaka Dynamites, defending 136/6. Arafat Sunny claimed 3-8 as Dhaka finished on 116/9.
They finally backed a win up with another last time out, meanwhile, thanks to Evans, Ten Doeschate and Rabbi, and have four wins and three defeats from seven games so far.
Rajshahi Kings Predicted Playing 11
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shahriar Nafees, Marshall Ayub, Ryan ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan, Christiaan Jonker, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Arafat Sunny
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CHV : W W W W L
RK : W W L W L
CHV vs RK Head to Head
Chittagong Vikings and Rajshahi Kings have met five times before, with the Kings’ three consecutive wins sandwiched by two Chittagong victories. They won one game apiece in 2017, with Qazi Onik starring with the ball for Rajshahi in the first of those – his 4-17 seeing the Vikings bowled out for 124 in reply to 157/6.
Having won the first ever meeting between the sides, Chittagong then ended their three-match losing streak against the Kings as Luis Reece’s unbeaten 80 from 56 balls helped them to 194/2 in the second fixture. Sikandar Raza then claimed 4-16 with the ball in a 45-run win.
Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings Betting Odds
Chittagong Vikings are emerging as potential title winners of BPL 2019 after their win against Dhaka Dynamites – who they had never previously beaten. They are now 1.67 with Betfair to beat Rajshahi Kings, while the Kings are 2.20 to win.
Mushfiqur Rahim (4.50) to be their top scorer and Cameron Delport (4.00) will be looking to power the batting, while they will need to watch out for Laurie Evans (3.75 to top score for the Kings with Betfair) if he continues the form he showed last time.
The Vikings’ star man so far has been Robbie Frylinck, however, with superb all-round contributions to their success. Frylinck is 3.50 to finish as their top wicket taker.
Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings Prediction
Chittagong Vikings have lost just once so far, with Robbie Frylinck’s superb form leading them up the table. They can continue their winning streak against similarly in-form Rajshahi Kings.