BPL 2018-19 Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders 34th Match Prediction. After their batting heroics in their last match, defending champions Rangpur Riders now face Dhaka Dynamites with both teams looking to keep pace with league leaders Chittagong Vikings. The match is scheduled for January 28 and the live action begins at 18:30 local time.
- Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dynamites are level on points with five wins apiece so far – the Riders have played one game more though.
- Defending champions Rangpur Riders’ batsmen are in superb form, with Rilee Rossouw’s unbeaten century against Chittagong Vikings moving him to 459 runs so far, while Alex Hales also scored a century in that game.
- Dhaka Dynamites were the form team at the start of this year’s BPL but have now lost three of their last four games – including the last two
Our Pick: Rangpur Riders
Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Dhaka Dynamites have been happy to win the toss and bat first in the BPL this season and that could definitely be a winning tactic in Chittagong.
Dhaka Dynamites Team News & Playing 11
Dhaka Team News
Hazratullah Zazai returned at the top of the order last time out, replacing Heiko Kuhn in the only change to the batting line-up. There may be more changes on the cards, however, after two consecutive defeats and three defeats in their last four games.
As ever, Chittagong Vikings have kept changes to a minimum. Last time out, Najbullah Zadran replaced Dasun Shanaka in the batting line-up in the only change from the win against Dhaka. His handy 23 from 19 balls should be enough to retain his place.
Dhaka Key Players
Hazratullah Zazai started the BPL with scores of 78 and 57 and will want to recapture that form as he bids to build on his success in the Afghanistan Premier League at the end of last year too.
Shakib Al Hasan is their star man, however. He has taken 17 wickets in eight matches so far, including seven in his last two games – a tally which includes 4-16 against Chittagong Vikings. He has also scored 115 runs in his last three innings too.
Andre Russell has also contributed wickets and runs – he top-scored with 46 in the game against Comilla Victorians and took 2-27 with the ball. He has seven wickets in total and a handy 172 runs – the latter putting him second behind Shakib in the Dynamites’ run-scoring charts. Sunil Narine is just behind on 149 runs, while he has also taken nine wickets.
Dhaka Team Form
Dhaka Dynamites won their first four games in a row, but have won only one of the next four. Rajshahi Kings ended their winning start, despite Sunil Narine taking 3-19 to restrict them to 136/6 – the Dynamites posting just 116/9 in reply.
They initially bounced straight back, as Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets and hit an unbeaten 61 as the Dynamites scored 163/4 in 17 overs to claim a six-wicket win against Sylhet Sixers.
It has been two defeats from two since, however. The first saw them post 139/9 against Chittagong Vikings but nearly defend it as Shakib took 4-16 from four overs. Robbie Frylinck hit three sixes in the final over to earn a three-wicket Vikings win, however.
Last time out, Comilla Victorians set 153/8 – despite three more wickets for Shakib – and the Dynamites came up seven runs short, finishing on 146/9.
Dhaka Dynamites Predicted Playing 11
- Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Shuvaguta Hom, Nurul Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Mohammad Naim, Rubel Hossain, Al Islam
Rangpur Riders Team News & Playing 11
Rangpur Team News
Shahidul Islam replaced Sohag Gazi last time out in the only change after an unchanged team claimed victories in the previous two games. He was tidy with the ball in the Riders’ win against Chittagong Vikings and could therefore retain his place.
Rangpur Key Players
Rangpur Riders top four is possibly one of the strongest ever to have come together in a T20 tournament. Chris Gayle opens up – the hero of last season’s title win with a stunning century in the final – and he scored 55 in the win against Khulna Titans.
Alex Hales also scored a half-century in that game after 33 from 24 balls the previous week. He surpassed them with a 48-ball 100 in the last game, however – hitting 11 fours and five sixes along the way.
Hales shared a 174-run second-wicket partnership with Rilee Rossouw, who went on to finish unbeaten on exactly 100 from 51 balls. Rossouw now has four half-centuries and one hundred, and 459 runs in total from nine innings at an average of 114.75 and a strike rate of 155.06.
AB de Villiers is the final part of this Fantasy League top-four – he hit 34 from 21 balls and 41 from 25 balls in his first two appearances this year, though he was out cheaply last time out.
A good batting line-up counts for nothing if it is not backed by the bowlers but Rangpur Riders have no such issues there. Mashrafe Mortaza’s 3-34 last time out took him to 16 wickets in nine games so far; his economy rate of 6.82 is also impressive.
Shafiul Islam has 13 wickets, meanwhile, and Farhad Reza is on 12 – the latter having claimed 2-29 last time out, to follow up his 4-32 in the previous game.
Rangpur Team Form
Rangpur Riders have won their last three matches – the perfect response to the three-game losing streak which preceded it. All three wins have coincided with AB de Villiers’ arrival, having made his first appearance against Sylhet Sixers. After falling 27 runs short of the Sixers’ 187/5 in their previous game, this time the Riders chased 195 to win by four wickets with three balls to spare. Rilee Rossouw hit 61 from 35 balls and Alex Hales and De Villiers shared useful partnerships with him.
Next up, Chris Gayle (55), Hales (55) and De Villiers (41) helped Rangpur chase 182 to beat Khulna Titans by six wickets – Rossouw sealing the deal with six in the final over.
Hales and Rossouw then both hit centuries in their most recent game – helping Rangpur to a stunning 239/4 from their 20 overs against table-topping Chittagong Vikings. Mashrafe Mortaza took 3-34 in the reply as the Vikings finished well short on 167/8.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing 11
- Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Mithun, Shafiul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Shahidul Islam
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
DD : L L W L W
RGR : W W W L L
DD vs RGR Head to Head
Dhaka Dynamites’ thrilling two-run win in Dhaka means both sides have won four of the eight previous matches between the two teams. Rangpur won the previous game – the final in 2017 – as Chris Gayle smashed 18 sixes in his unbeaten 146 from 69 balls. The total of 206/1 proved 57 runs too many for the Dynamites.
Last time they met, Kieron Pollard hammered 62 from 26 balls to lift Dhaka to 183/9. Rilee Rossouw hit 83 in reply and shared a 121-run partnership with Mohammad Mithun (49) but the Riders finished two runs short on 181/9.
Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders Prediction
Dhaka Dynamites’ excellent start has faltered since, and Rangpur Riders are now the team in top form. Their big-hitting top four can lead them to another win.