BPL 2018-19 Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders 4th Match Prediction. The fourth match of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League defending champions Rangpur Riders take on Khulna Titans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled for January 6 and the live action begins at 17:20 local time.
- Defending champions Rangpur Riders lost to Chittagong Vikings in a low-scoring match as the BPL kicked off in Dhaka – this is their second group game.
- Khulna Titans are the final team to get their new season underway – they reached the play-offs last year, where they lost to the Rangpur Riders.
- Rangpur Riders retained several of the key players who led them to victory last season, but Chris Gayle – who starred in the win against Khulna last year – missed the opening game.
KT vs RGR: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Geo TV, Gazi TV, Maasranga Television, SportsMax, FreeSports
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Rangpur were put in to bat first when they lost the toss in the opening game – they will be keen to field first this time out.
Khulna Titans Team News & Playing 11
KT Team News
Khulna Titans retained Mamudullah, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque and Carlos Brathwaite from the side which finished third last season. Among their new additions is Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga, but he will not be available until after Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand concludes.
KT Key Players
Experienced captain Mahmudullah comes into the tournament in good form, having contributed with bat and ball as Bangladesh hosted West Indies in November and December. Most recently, he took five wickets in the three T20i matches and had a high score of 43 not out with the bat.
Carlos Brathwaite was in the West Indies team for those matches, and kept things tidy with some tight bowling in the first and third matches as the tourists won the series. The hero of West Indies’ World T20 win in 2016, Brathwaite was previously most recently engaged at the T10 League.
Other overseas selections include Zahir Khan, the uncapped Afghanistan leg-spinner, who played for Lancashire in the T20 Blast in the English summer and looked tidy in the Afghanistan Premier League and T10 League.
Khulna Titans Predicted Playing 11
- Paul Stirling, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Dawid Malan, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Carlos Brathwaite, Jahurul Islam, Ali Khan, Subashis Roy, Zahir Khan
Rangpur Riders Team News & Playing 11
RGR Team News
Defending champions Rangpur Riders retained Chris Gayle – the star of the show when these sides last met – but he was not available for the opening game after seeing in the New Year in his home country. AB De Villiers, another of their eye-catching signings, will join later in the tournament too. Alex Hales, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell and Rilee Rossouw were the overseas contingent for the first game.
RGR Key Players
Ravi Bopara top scored for Rangpur Riders in their low-scoring opening game – anchoring the innings with a patient 44 in a total of 98 all out. He had come in at 10/3. Alex Hales went first ball, but the explosive England opener will be a man to watch if he fires – especially as he chases a recall to the England ODI starting XI for the World Cup.
Rilee Rossouw also fell short in the first game but will expect to score plenty as the tournament goes on.
With the ball, captain Mashrafe Mortaza kept things tidy in his four overs, picking up 2-24, while Nazmul Islam (1-17) and Benny Howell (1-13) were also economical. The real test will be when they are not defending such a low score, however.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing 11
- Mehedi Maruf, Alex Hales, Mohammad Mithun, Rilee Rossouw, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
KT : L W L W W
RGR : L W W W L
KT vs RGR Head to Head
Khulna Titans and Rangpur Riders last met in the play-offs of last year’s competition, when Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 126 off 51 balls to earn the Riders an eight-wicket win with 4.4 overs to spare as they replied to the Titans’ 167/6.
In fact, Khulna Titans have only won one of their five previous matches against Rangpur Riders.
Khulna Titans vs Rangpur Riders Prediction
Rangpur Riders failed to fire in their opening game but they have an explosive batting line-up with more big-name stars still to arrive too. They have won four from five against Khulna Titans and can get their first win of this year’s tournament against them too.