2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League – Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals taking place? Thursday 12th December, 2019 – 07:20 (UK)

Where is Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals taking place? Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

What is the expected weather for Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals? 28c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals on? Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1

Where can I stream Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals? Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals will be streamed live in the UK on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Dhaka Platoon vs Rajshahi Royals? Tickets for this match can be purchased directly from the stadium

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Rajshahi Royals beat Dhaka Platoon by 20 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

DHAKA PLATOON

  • Dhaka have been the most successful side in the BPL’s history as in six editions played, they have won the trophy three times and come runners-up on two occasions so there is plenty of expectation around them coming into BPL7.
  • The team that lost out in the final last season was loaded of quality but they will have to do without the likes of Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell while they cannot count upon star Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who is serving a two-year suspension right now.
  • They do however have an outstanding bowling attack at their disposal – easily the best in the tournament – which will be led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and he is joined by Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan, while they have a whole host of quality players like Asif Ali, Laurie Evans and Thisara Perera who are all matchwinners in their own right.

RAJSHAHI ROYALS

  • Rajshahi Royals have not had a great deal of success in previous editions of this tournament but they have shown they mean business with the team they have drafted which includes star T20 specialist Andre Russell who will skipper the side.
  • Russell has decided to prioritise this shorter tournament over the Big Bash and he is joined by the likes of big-hitting opener Hazratullah Zazai, the wily veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, and two more quality all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Ravi Bopara which provides them with exceptional depth with both bat and ball.
  • They possess a strong group of local players to boost them even further as Liton Das will form a dangerous opening partnership with Hazratullah while Afif Hossain, Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam add more quality to the team.

THE PREDICTION

Both Dhaka Platoons and Rajshahi Royals possess excellent quality and depth to their teams so they should be two teams pushing for honours in BPL7. Dhaka do not look quite as strong as last season but the same could be said for most teams with less stars coming to Bangladesh this time around. They do however boast an outstanding bowling attack that will be extremely difficult for many teams to deal with. The Royals have real depth due to their numerous quality all-rounders and that could just about give them the edge here. Expect some Dre Russ fireworks and an opening win for the Royals.

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