They have beaten Rajshahi Kings by 83 runs and Khulna Titans by 105 runs in their first two matches. Defending Champions Rampur Riders, on the other hand, lost the opening game but have won back to back matches since then.
A big reason for the success of Dhaka Dynamites has been their opening combination. While Afghan opener Hazratullah Zazai has scored a 41-ball 78 and a 36-ball 57, his partner Sunil Narine has also done well. The result has been that the duo has piled up opening scores of 116 from 10 overs and 67 from 5 overs.
West Indian all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have given the side balance. With the ball, Shakib Al Hasan has been their main striker and returned with figures of 3-18 the last time. Shuvagata Hom has bowled economically and also chipped in with the bat.
Rangpur Riders have welcomed back opener Chris Gayle in place of Alex Hales. Although Gayle could not do anything out of the ordinary in the last match, that team is expected to go with the same playing XI. Apart from Gayle, the batting has Riley Rousseau, Mohammad Mithun and Ravi Bopara.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has found good rhythm as he picked up four wickets and gave away just 11 runs the last time around. Nazmul Islam also returned with figures of 3-20. Benny Howell and Shafiul Islam are the other skillful bowlers in the lineup.
Dhaka Dynamites- Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Shuvagata Hom, Nurul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mizanur Rahman, Mohor Sheikh
Rangpur Riders- Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, Mehedi Maruf, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Farhad Reza, Benny Howell, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza
Who will win? – Dhaka Dynamites
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hazratullah Zazai (Dhaka Dynamites), Chris Gayle (Rangpur Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shakib Al Hasan (Dhaka Dynamites), Mashrafe Mortaza (Rangpur Riders)
Most Sixes – Hazratullah Zazai (Dhaka Dynamites), Chris Gayle (Rangpur Riders)
Team Scores Batting First – Dhaka Dynamites 150+, Rangpur Riders 130+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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