Mushfiqur Rahim's side will like to keep winning momentum ahead of their clash against Rangpur Riders    Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim’s side will like to keep winning momentum ahead of their clash against Rangpur Riders Getty Images

A crucial match awaits us when Rangpur Riders (RR) and Barisul Bulls (BB) meet for Match 15 of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League 2016 (BPL 2016). The match will be played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. It will be an enticing encounter between both the sides as the tournament is off to a great note with many close finishes already been witnessed. Henceforth, both sides will be itching to keep the momentum in their hands going forward. This will also be the second match of November 17 which will assist both teams in deciding their XI. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016: Points Table and Team Standings

Talking about BB first, this side has grown from strength to strength with every match. Starting their campaign ion the second match of BPL 2016, BB lost their first game against Dhaka Dynamites (DD), but since then there has been no looking bad for them. BB came back after their first loss to win against Comilla Victorians (CV), Rajshahi Kings (RK) and Chittagong Vikings (CHV) which has taken them to the top two spot of the league. But with many league matches still lying ahead of them, they will still like to remian positive and maintain consistency for as long as possible.

Moving onto RR, they have played a match less than Mushfiqur Rahim-led BB. From three games, they have won two and lost one. They started their campaign from two back-to-back wins but lost heavily in their last game. Shahid Afridi will have to keep his troops fresh from the brief period of break his side has enjoyed and like to stage a comeback before they start slipping further in the ranks.

RR won versus Khulna Titans (KT) and CHV but fell flat against table toppers, DD. Afridi’s side last played on November 12 and are coming on the field after a 5-day gap. This will be a challenge for them in a blink-and-a-miss format. On the other hand, we have seen it has always been tough to maintain consistency in 20-overs format and BB will have their task cut out again. There is not much to seperate between both sides and they will have a go at each other come match day.

While RR are coming on the back of a big loss against DD, BB having been ticking all the boxes with some spirited performances. BB won their last game against CHV by seven wickets which will tilt their tides in their favour slightly when they take on the field in the 15th match of Bangladesh’s franchise cricket. It will be another close tie between 2nd ranked BB up against RR, who are 4th on the points table.

Time: 19.00 local | 18.30 IST

Squads:

Rangpur Riders: Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Babar Azam, Richard Gleeson, Mehrab Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Muktar Ali, Naeem Islam, Nasir Jamshed, Pinak Ghosh, Gidron Pope, Gihan Rupasinghe, Sachithra Senanayake, Shahbaz Chouhan, Shahid Afridi (c), Dasun Shanaka, Sharjeel Khan, Sohag Gazi, Soumya Sarkar, Ziaur Rahman

Barisal Bulls: Abu Hider Rony, Al-Amin Hossain, Carlos Brathwaite, Joshua Cobb, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Nawaz, Monir Hossain, Dilshan Munaweera, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Nadif Chowdhury, Rumman Raees, Shahriar Nafees, Shamsur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Thisara Perera