Friday, January 17, 2020 18:30:00, GMT +5:30. Shere Bangla National Stadium – Dhaka, Bangladesh. The live action is scheduled to start at 19:00 local time. Who will win Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals Final, BPL 2020?
Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1
What is the expected weather for Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals? 23c in clear skies but very humid conditions.
Khulna Tigers is the best performing team of this season of BPL. They played 12 matches at the league stage and won eight matches. They were leading the points table after the end of league stage matches. They have beaten Rajshahi Royals in the first qualifier match with the margin of 27 runs and made their way directly to the final. They lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Their batting order almost failed to give their best performance. They could manage to score 158 runs in their inning of 20 overs. Najmul Hossain Shanto was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who put 78 runs on the board. He faced 57 deliveries and smashed seven boundaries and four maximum sixes during his inning. Shamsur Rahman scored 32 runs while the skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim was retired hurt after scoring 21 runs.
Khulna Tigers won the first qualifier match due to the best performance by their bowling unit. They defended the target of 159 runs and were charged for just 130 runs. Mohammad Amir was the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side who picked six wickets in his four overs bowled out against just 17 runs. Mehidy Hasan also had a good performance with the ball. He picked two wickets in his one over bowled out against six runs. Robbie Frylinck and Shahidul Islam picked one wicket each in the previous match.
Khulna Tigers Squad
Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Amir, Rilee Rossouw, Shafiul Islam, Robbie Frylinck, Najibullah Zadran, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Aminul Islam, Saif Hassan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Robiul Haque, Tanvir Islam, Aliss Islam.
The performance of the Rajshahi Royals had been excellent in this season of the Bangabandhu Premier League. They won eight out of twelve matches played at the league stage. They missed the first chances to qualify for the final but they availed the second chances and beaten Chattogram Challengers in the qualifier 2 match with the margin of just two wickets. They won the toss and decided to bat field first. Their bowling unit had an average performance in that match. They leaked 164 runs in their inning of 20 overs. They used eight bowlers in that match. Mohammad Nawaz was the most economical bowler from their side who picked two wickets in his four overs bowled out against just 13 runs. Mohammad Irfan also picked two wickets but he was charged for 16 runs in his four overs bowled out. Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, and the skipper, Andre Russell picked one wicket each in the previous match.
The performance of the batting order of the Rajshi Royals performed well in the previous match. They chased the target of in 19.2 overs. The skipper, Andre Russell was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who remained not out after scoring 54 runs on just 22 deliveries with the help of two boundaries and seven maximum sixes. Irfan Sukkur also had a superb performance with the bat. He scored 45 runs on 42 balls. He smashed six boundaries during his inning. Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Nawaz scored 14 runs each. Their six batsmen failed to enter into double-figure.
Rajshahi Royals Squad
Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Sukkur (wk), Alok Kapali, Andre Russell (c), Farhad Reza, Mohammad Nawaz, Kamrul Islam, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Taijul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Hazratullah Zazai, Minhajul Abedin Afridi.
Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals Head to Head
Two wins in three games against the Royals this season mean Khulna have now won six of their ten previous games against Rajshahi. Mushfiqur Rahim hit 96 in a five-wicket win in the first of those – usurping Shoaib Malik’s 87 in the Royals’ total of 189/4. Andre Russell’s four wickets and Liton Das’ half-century led the recovery – a seven-wicket win – but Najmul Hossain Shanto (78*) and Mohammad Amir (6-17) led Khulna to victory last time out, despite Shoaib Malik’s 80.
- Khulna Tigers beat Rajshahi Royals in the Qualifier 1 game to secure their place in the finals of the tournament
- Rajshahi Royals managed to eke out a close win over Chattogram Challengers in the Qualifier 2 game played at Dhaka on Wednesday
- Pacer Muhammad Irfan, all-rounder Andre Russell and wicket-keeper Irfan Sukkur delivered splendid performances for Royals in the game played against Challengers
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at Dhaka is expected to be full of runs, whereas the team batting first, will have an advantage in this grand finale. The weather forecast for the game is to be going to be played at Rajkot is going to be bright and sunny.
Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka is going to be host the grand finale between Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals. Khulna Tigers will take heart from the fact that they have won three games out of the last four played against Rajshahi Royals in the competition.
Toss: To Bowl
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first in this grand finale. Chasing is always a tough ask at this venue. Only two teams have managed to lift the trophy by batting second in the finals of Bangladesh Premier League.
Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals Prediction
After 45 entertaining games that have seen remarkable performances, we have our two finalists of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20. Khulna Tigers who earned their berth in the finals winning the 1st Qualifier would take on Rajshahi Royals who come into this game after a thrilling win. Betting sites in India have no clear favorites for this game which will make it a very interesting contest. Both sides have played well in the season. While the Tigers pack punch as a complete unit the Royals have some of the biggest match-winners in the side. The packed house at the Shere Bangla National Stadium at Dhaka should be in for a treat in the final.
It is an extremely close call between the two sides at the moment but Khulna Tigers with their better bowling attack and consistency in their performances shall start nose ahead of the Rajshahi Royals and bag the crowning jewel for the season.
Khulna Tigers reached the final thanks to an excellent, and perfectly-timed, run of form – including their qualifier win against the Royals. They can seal the Bangladesh Premier League title by beating them again in the final.