2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League – Sylhet Thunder vs Rajshahi Royals Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sylhet Thunder vs Rajshahi Royals taking place? Friday 13th December, 2019 – 08:00 (UK)

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

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

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Sylhet Thunder 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 Sylhet Thunder by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SYLHET THUNDER

  • Sylhet Thunder lost their opening match against Chattogram Challengers after their total of 162/4 did not prove to be enough and their opponents knocked the target off with five wickets and one over to spare.
  • West Indian big-hitter Sherfane Rutherford is expected to be available after the Caribbean contingent that were playing T20s for their country against India arrived on Wednesday evening following the final T20i and he should start here.
  • His arrival will significantly bolster the batting line-up which did look a little light in the opening match but his inclusion is welcome although they will want more from compatriot Krishmar Santokie who had a poor debut in the opening match with some wayward bowling.

RAJSHAHI ROYALS

  • Rajshahi Royals won their opening match on Thursday as they restricted Dhaka Platoon to just 134/9 before chasing it down easily with 10 balls and nine wickets to spare and get their tournament off to a strong start.
  • It was the bowling unit that laid the foundations for the victory with all of them playing their part with either wickets or economical bowling, and with seven different squad members bowling, they demonstrated their depth and quality.
  • The Royals have been boosted by the fact that all of their key players are available right from the start of the tournament and a batting line-up of Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara and Andre Russell is as strong as any in the tournament. They will likely be unchanged for this match.

THE PREDICTION

Sylhet Thunder lost their opening game and they did not look overly convincing throughout that match as it already looks likely that this will be another long tournament for them, just like BPL6. That does not bode well when facing one of the strongest teams in the competition and the Rajshahi Royals were in superb form in their opening match. They can make it two wins from two here in what should be a comfortable victory for Andre Russell’s men.

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