2019 Bangladesh Premier League – Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders taking place? Friday, 25th January - 13:00 (UK)

Where is Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders taking place? Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

What is the expected weather for Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders? 26-28c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders on? This match will be televised live on Star GOLD HD (Sky 729)

Where can I stream Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Chittagong Vikings vs Rangpur Riders? Tickets can be purchased from the stadium on matchday

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Chittagong Vikings W3, Rangpur Riders W4
Last meeting: Chittagong Vikings beat Rangpur Riders by 3 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS

Coach: Nurul Abedin

Captain: Mushfiqur Rahim

  • The Vikings moved to the top of the ladder on Wednesday after winning their fifth consecutive match as they overcame Rajshahi Kings by six wickets with just two balls to spare.

  • Captain Mushfiqur Rahim scored his third half century in the last four matches in that game to lead the successful chase and the solidity of their batting order remains even when one or two them fail to produce.

  • The opening duo of Shahzad and Delport has struggled in the last three matches but they will likely keep faith with the duo, while Najibullah Zadran will hope he did enough in that game to keep his place in the middle order thanks to his solid 23.

RANGPUR RIDERS

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

  • The Riders appear to have turned the corner now after losing four of their opening six matches and the last two wins in a row have coincided with the arrival of star AB de Villiers who has already looked in good form.

  • Not only has the impact of De Villiers added a different dimension and yet more quality to an impressive batting line-up, the likes of Hales and Gayle have also shown signs of settling into the competition and finding form of their own, which makes them formidable along with the tournament’s top runscorer Rossouw.

  • The batting line-up needs to continue firing however as the imbalance with their poor bowling unit is clear to see as they rely so heavily on captain Mashrafe Mortaza that teams have started to see off his four overs and capitalise on the rest.

THE PREDICTION

The Vikings are the form team in the Bangladesh Premier League having won their last five matches as they now face off against the star-studded Riders team as the tournament moves to Chittagong. Rangpur have picked up their game notably in the last two matches and while their bowling unit remains fragile, the Vikings are not exactly scoring that big with the bat themselves to take full advantage of it. The Riders may just have too much firepower for them here and their big names will be desperate to take the leaders down and consolidate their top four place.