BPL 2018-19 Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings 36th Match Prediction. Rajshahi Kings will look to boost their chances of a top-four finish when they take on the Rangpur Riders in what will be the 36th game of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019. The match will be played on January 29 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Live telecast is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM local time.
- Rajshahi Kings have beaten Rangpur Riders five times in the seven meetings in the BPL, including the reverse encounter earlier in the season.
- Rajshahi Kings will be playing under more pressure as a defeat in this match could dash their hopes of a playoffs berth.
- Rangpur Riders have a destructive top-order batting line-up while Rajshahi Kings have more quality in their bowling attack.
Our Pick: Rangpur Riders
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The pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium has tended to get slower as the game progresses. And since the side batting first at this ground is having a very good win percentage in this year’s BPL, the toss-winning skipper will probably be tempted in electing to bat first.
Rangpur Riders Team News & Playing 11
RGR Team News
Rangpur Riders had made just the one change to their side in the game against Chittagong Vikings, replacing off-spinner Sohag Gazi with medium pacer Shahidul Islam. The latter did a pretty decent job with the ball in that game and he will be probably be included in the playing eleven for this match as well. The Riders are looking in good form and we expect them to come up with the same line-up that took on the Vikings last week.
RGR Key Players
Rangpur Riders have a formidable batting line-up with their top four in Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers holding the key. Rossouw has shown incredible form this BPL. The South African batsman is the tournament’s leading run-scorer and he along with Hales recently blitzed quickfire tons against Chittagong Vikings. Gayle and de Villiers are two of the world’s most dangerous batsmen in limited-overs cricket and can win matches for the team on their own. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Farhad Reza have been the standouts with the ball and the Riders will want this pace trio to be at its best against the Rajshahi Kings. Mortaza is one of the tournament’s leading wicket-takers and he returned impressive figures of 2-22 in the reverse encounter. The skipper claimed a three-wicket haul against the Vikings while Farhad Reza too ended up picking a couple in that game.
RGR Recent Form
Rangpur Riders find themselves amongst the top four teams on the BPL 2019 points table. The defending champions did not have the best of starts this season as they lost four of their first six league games. However, they came back strongly in the competition by winning their next three matches in a row. Their top-order has fired for them in the past few matches while their bowlers have been pretty impressive as well.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing 11
- Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Nahidul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam
Rajshahi Kings Team News & Playing 11
RK Team News
Rajshahi Kings made a couple of changes to their side for the last game against Chittagong Vikings – they dropped Zakir Hasan and leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna to make way for batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Johnson Charles. The Kings are coming off a win and they may not want to disturb their winning combination. So we expect them to go into this game unchanged.
RK Key Players
Laurie Evans has been the most consistent batsman for Rajshahi Kings in BPL 2019 with 228 runs which includes a century and a fifty. Johnson Charles smashed a half-century in his very first game of the season last time against Chittagong Vikings and he too will be coming into this game high on confidence. Ryan ten Doeschate had scored an unbeaten 59 against Comilla Victorians and the team will expect him to play a similar knock here. Arafat Sunny has been the pick of the bowlers with 14 wickets in 10 matches and he along with Mustafizur Rahman and skipper Mehidy Hasan will pose the main threat to Rangpur Riders. Rahman played a vital role in his team’s win against the Vikings by picking up a three-wicket haul and he will look to replicate that performance against the Riders. Mehidy has been fairly economical so far and batsmen may not find it easy to score off him.
RK Recent Form
Rajshahi Kings are currently fifth in the BPL 2019 league standings after five wins and as many losses from ten matches. After facing back-to-back defeats against Chittagong Vikings and Sylhet Sixers respectively, they secured a seven-run victory in their last match which happened to be their second encounter of the season against the Vikings. The Kings put up a strong batting performance last time to post 198 on the board and held their nerve with the ball in the end to defend that total.
Rajshahi Kings Predicted Playing 11
- Johnson Charles (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Laurie Evans, Ryan ten Doeschate, Christiaan Jonker, Fazle Mahmud, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan (c), Arafat Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
RGR : W W W L L
RK : W L L W W
RGR vs RK Head to Head
Rangpur Riders and Rajshahi Kings have played seven matches against each other in the Bangladesh Premier League with the former winning two of those and the latter five.
Rajshahi Kings have won four of the last five matches they have played against Rangpur Riders, including the most recently played two.
Rajshahi Kings registered a five-run victory when the two teams met earlier in the 13th match of the ongoing season at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Rangpur Riders opted to bowl first after winning the toss and restricted the Kings to 135/8 in their 20 overs. The Riders, in reply, could manage only 130/6 in their innings.
Matches Played: 7; Rangpur Riders Won: 2; Rajshahi Kings Won: 5
Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings Prediction
Rajshahi Kings boast an impressive record against Rangpur Riders and having beaten them earlier in the season will surely give them plenty of confidence heading into this game. However, they will be feeling a lot more pressure as compared to the Riders as their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are hanging by a thread and one more defeat could oust them from the tournament. Rangpur Riders have been putting in better performances overall and they have now started to click together as a unit. They have a stellar batting line-up with the likes of Gayle, de Villiers, Hales and Rossouw who can all win games for their side single-handedly. The Kings may have a strong head-to-head record, but taking into account the recent form of both the teams, we feel that the scales are tipped in favor of the Riders.