BPL 2018-19 Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders 18th Match Prediction. Sylhet Sixers take on Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League, at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled for January 16 and the live action begins at 18:30 local time.
- Sylhet Sixers’ match with Rangpur Riders sees two of the tournament’s most in-form batsmen go head-to-head: Rilee Rossouw was top scorer after the first phase of league fixtures with 230 runs in five innings, while Nicolas Pooran was second with 165 from just three matches.
- Rangpur Riders won both matches between these two teams in 2017, with Chris Gayle scoring 50 in a seven-run win in Dhaka, and Nazmul Islam starring with the ball as they won by four wickets in Chittagong.
- Rangpur Riders go into the game on the back of two consecutive narrow defeats, losing by a combined total of seven runs against Dhaka Dynamites and Rajshahi Kings.
Our Pick: Sylhet Sixers
SYL vs RGR, BPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Geo TV, Gazi TV, Maasranga Television, SportsMax, FreeSports
Live streaming: Rabbitholebd Sports
Rangpur Riders have won the toss in each of their last three matches and elected to field on each of those occasions.
Sylhet Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYL Team News
In their final game in the first phase of fixtures in Dhaka, Sohail Tanvir replaced countryman Mohammad Irfan in the line-up. Selection for the match against Rangpur Riders will be influenced by the performance in the Sixers’ first game in Sylhet against Comilla Victorians, however.
SYL Key Players
Nicolas Pooran finished the first phase of league fixtures as the second highest run scorer in the competition, despite only playing three matches. The in-form West Indian, who also excelled in the T10 League before Christmas, hit scores of 41, 52 and 72 in his first three innings, at a combined strike rate above 150.
Sylhet Sixers now need their top order to fire too. David Warner scored 59 from 47 balls in the win against Chittagong Vikings, and he and Liton Das will hope to start scoring runs at the top of the order again.
Sylhet Sixers boast a balanced bowling line-up too, with Taskin Ahmed in the wickets in Dhaka – he claimed 4-28 in the win against Chittagong and 3-38 against Dhaka Dynamites. Sandeep Lamichhane is the most eye-catching bowler in the squad, meanwhile, and the Nepalese spinner followed up his eight Big Bash League wickets with 2-16 against Comilla Victorians.
SYL Team Form
Sylhet Sixers started the second phase of fixtures against Comilla Victorians, having won just one of their three matches in Dhaka. That included a four-wicket loss to Comilla, having posted just 127/8 in their first game.
An improved performance next up lifted them to 168/5 against Chittagong Vikings, with David Warner top-scoring with 59 and Nicolas Pooran hitting 52 not out, and Taskin Ahmed’s 4-28 helped them to a five-run win.
Their final game in Dhaka ended in defeat, however, against the Dhaka Dynamites. Three more wickets for Ahmed helped restrict Dhaka to 173/7, but – despite 72 from 47 balls from Pooran – they suffered a 32-run defeat.
Sylhet Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- David Warner, Liton Das, Nasir Hossain, Nicolas Pooran, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Sandeep Lamichhane, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan
Rangpur Riders Team News & Playing 11
RGR Team News
Nahidul Islam replaced Mehedi Maruf for the final game of their first phase of league fixtures – Rangpur’s only change after fielding the same line-up in the previous two matches. Chris Gayle had a new opening partner in captain Mashrafe Mortaza, but that experiment may be shelved after he lasted just two balls. England’s Alex Hales has not featured since Gayle’s NOC was belatedly received, but he finds his way into the side blocked by the overseas quartet of Gayle, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell and in-form Rilee Rossouw.
RGR Key Players
Mashrafe Mortaza took ten wickets in the first five matches, four of which came in the win against Comilla Victorians as he ran through the top order to claim figures of 4-11. Mortaza was also one of the stand-out bowlers last time out, with figures of 2-22 from his four overs.
He is backed by Shafiul Islam, who took 1-19 to move to nine wickets so far, having previously taken 3-35 against Dhaka Dynamites, while Benny Howell maintains a good economy rate and has four wickets to his name.
The star of the show for the Rangpur Riders so far, however, has been batsman Rilee Rossouw. The South African led the batting charts after the first phase of fixtures – though his unbeaten 44 from 45 balls lacked the urgency the Riders’ needed in their most recent game.
Nevertheless, he has 230 runs from five innings so far, including two half-centuries, and – having been unbeaten three times – he averages 115 so far.Now the Riders need Chris Gayle to start firing again. His incredible batting at the business end of the 2017 tournament – including an unbeaten 146 in the final – led Rangpur to the title and his 23 from 14 balls last time out pointed to him recapturing some of his best form.
RGR Team Form
Rangpur Riders bounced back from an opening-day defeat, when they were bowled out for just 98 in a three-wicket loss to Chittagong Vikings, by winning back-to-back matches. Rilee Rossouw hit an unbeaten 76 as the Riders scored 169/3 to beat KhulnaÂ Titans by eight runs, while Mashrafe Mortaza claimed 4-11 in four overs to help dismiss Comilla Victorians for 63 in a nine-wicket Riders’ win.
Since then, however, they have suffered two narrow defeats in a row. In the first of those, against Dhaka Dynamites, they fell just two runs short in reply to 183/9 – losing late wickets after Rossouw’s 44-ball 83 had left them well set for victory. Last time out, meanwhile, they were set 136 to beat Rajshahi Kings but sluggish batting in the middle overs cost them, as they finished 130/6.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing 11
- Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Benny Howell, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SYL : – L W L L
RGR : L L W W L
SYL vs RGR Head to Head
Rangpur Riders won both matches against Sylhet Sixers in 2017, when the two franchises met for the first time. Chris Gayle hit five sixes as he scored a half-century in the first game, as the Riders posted 169/7, and Sabbir Rahman’s 70 and Nasir Hossains’s unbeaten 50 were not quite enough in a seven-run Rangpur win.
In the second game, the Sixers posted 173/5, led by Babar Azam’s 54 and 44 for Sabbir Rahman. Despite losing Gayle early, the Riders got home with two balls to spare, however, to claim a four-wicket win.
Sylhet Sixers vs Rangpur Riders Prediction
Sylhet Sixers will want to win as many of their four matches in Sylhet as possible and, as long as they keep Rangpur’s big hitters quiet, their own big hitters like David Warner and Nicolas Pooran could lead them to victory.