Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is back to the base as the tournament comes to the home of cricket Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in the capital from today.
After a week of cricket in Sylhet, BPL has returned to Dhaka as Rangpur Riders take on Rajshahi Kings on 1:00pm and Dhaka Dynamites look to settle scores with Sylhet Sixers at SBNCS at 6:00pm.
The two matches scheduled for the day, follows the same pattern in fixture as the four teams to come head to head today also took on each other in the first day of BPL in Sylhet.
Rangpur will look to continue their domination of Rajshahi after winning against them in the first round of the tournament. But after the humbling defeat against Chittagong in their second match, Riders will require the gusto and charisma of their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza to lead them to victoy against Rajshahi.
Rangpur top-order especially Adam Lyth and Johnson Charles need to step up to the plate and make sure they give their team a solid start. Ravi Bopara would also look to bring international spotlight back on him by continuing his stunning all-round performance so far in the tournament.
Rajshahi, on the other hand, will look for vengeance for the loss in the first round. With cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman in Kings’ camp, they are steadily gaining momentum. Mushfiqur would like to come into his own with ‘Caribbean Mashrafe’ Darren Sammy as his skipper.
Sammy has had visible effect in Rajshahi camp due to his amazing leadership skills. Rajshahi’s English recruits namely Samit Patel and Luke Wright will enter the field with an intention to produce an impact making performance.
In the second match of the day, Sylhet will take on Dhaka in their second round encounter of BPL in the evening. The men from Sylhet would like to return to their winning streak against a more resolute Dhaka Dynamites.
Sylhet started their BPL campaign as the dark horses and they undoubtedly did justice to that characterisation starting off with three consecutive wins under their belt. They stuttered a little during their last match against Khulna Titans as they failed to defend an average total in view of the conditions prevailing in surface of wicket.
The ‘big fish of the league’ Dhaka Dynamites look all set to deliver as according to their promise with their thumping win against Khulna Titans in their second match of the season already scoring a monumental 202 for 7, the first 200-plus total in the tournament since 2013 edition. Cameron Delport and Evin Lewis are in stunning six hitting form.
Moreover, the local lad Abu Hider took three wickets and bowled with a lot of steam in that encounter after a dismal performance in the first match against Sylhet Sixers.
Sixteen matches are billed to be played at the Mirpur stadium before BPL moves to port city Chittagong, where the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium has been selected as its third venue.
The Chittagong phase will run from November 24 to 29 where 10 matches are scheduled to be held.
The remaining first round matches, elimination round, qualifying round and the final will be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The money-spinning franchise-based fifth edition of the tournament will wrap up on December 12 in Dhaka.