There is something with losses with very small margins which can puncture the morale of the team. When you are doing most things right and faltering at the last moment can be worse than being out of sorts in a couple of matches and then bouncing back.
Sylhet Sixers would like to take advantage of this factor. However, it would not be easy for them as it was the Rangpur Riders who won both the fixtures against the Sixers in the last season.
Sohail Tanvir has replaced Mohammad Irfan in the last couple of matches but it is not certain whether the move will last long or not. Nicholas Pooran has set the stage on fire for the Sixers with scores of 41, 52 and 72 in the last three innings.
This makes him one of the highest run-scorers with 165 runs from just three matches. He would be the lynchpin of the battle lineup of Sixers along with openers David Warner and Liton Das. Taskin Ahmed and Sandeep Lamichhane would bear the responsibility of the bowling attack.
If Pooran has starred for the Sixers, Rilee Rossouw who has done the same for the Rangpur Riders. Rossouw is currently topping the run charts with 213 runs from five innings at a mind boggling average of 115.
The team has persisted with Chris Gayle at the top of the order but the returns are yet to come. However, a 14-ball 23 gave some hopes in the last match. Shafiul Islam has been good with the ball but it has been skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who has hogged the limelight with 10 wickets from five matches.
Sylhet Sixers- 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- Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Mithun, Ravi Bopara, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Benny Howell, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Rangpur Riders
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – David Warner (Sylhet Sixers), Rilee Rossouw (Rangpur Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sandeep Lamichhane (Sylhet Sixers), Mashrafe Mortaza (Rangpur Riders)
Most Sixes – David Warner (Sylhet Sixers), Rilee Rossouw (Rangpur Riders)
Team Scores Batting First – Sylhet Sixers 130+, Rangpur Riders 140+
*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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