Tamim Iqbal's side are in good form but will have to be on their toes against Rangpur Riders    AFP
Tamim Iqbal’s side are in good form but will have to be on their toes against Rangpur Riders AFP

In Match 30 of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016, Rangpur Riders (RR) and Chittagong Vikings (CHV) meet in a vital group stage game. The league stage is heading towards the business end and every team, apart from Comilla Victorians (CV), are trying hard to keep up with the momentum. Tamim Iqbal’s side has a task in hand when they clash against Shahid Afridi’s team on November 27. Expect a grueling match at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016: Schedule and Time Table

CHV and RR have met before in the fourth edition of BPL. In their first clash of this season, RR prevailed over CHV convincingly by 9 wickets. Winning the toss, RR opted to have a go at the oppositions’ batting line-up. The decision bore effective results for RR as they were on top of their game restricting CHV at 124 in 19.4 overs. The top performers from RR’s side were Sohag Gazi and Richard Gleeson who shared four wickets amongst each other while others bowled in tight lines.

Chasing a paltry score, RR’s swashbuckling opener Mohammad Shehzad gave something to cheer for the crowd as he made the most of the low score with an unbeaten 80. His innings comprised of 52 balls wherein he smashed 11 fours and 3 maximums. This meant the right-hander, hailing from Afghanistan, scored 62 out of his 80 runs dealing in boundaries. It was a polished performance by RR and they will like to replicate their success after having lost against Rajshahi Kings (RK) in their last game.

RR have done well so far with five wins out of seven matches and will like to consolidate their position to stamp their authority in the playoffs. On the other hand, CHV have been inconsistent with three victories out of seven outings but their last two wins will keep them in good stead.

While RR will like to remain in the top two of the points table, CHV will like to march ahead with the slight good form they have gained.

Squads:

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

Chiitagong Vikings (CHV): Abdur Razzak, Anamul Haque (wk), Chaturanga de Silva, Grant Elliott, Chris Gayle, Imran Khan jnr, Jahurul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Jeevan Mendis, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Nabi, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Saqlain Sajib, Shahidul Islam, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith, Subashis Roy, Tamim Iqbal (c), Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Zakir Hasan

Time: 17.30 local | 17.00 IST