The ninth match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League will be played between the Sylhet Super Stars and the Rangpur Riders at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday. Sylhet Super Stars v Rangpur Riders betting tips & predictions can be found below.
The designated home side for this upcoming clash are at the bottom of the standings with no points to show from their two opening matches this season. The visitors are at the top of the standings with two wins from three matches.
While the Sylhet Super Stars fell to their second successive defeat in the competition, the Rangpur riders beat the Dhaka Dynamites in their last fixture to go top of the league.
Sylhet were in action against the Barisal Bulls in their last match on Tuesday. The Bulls huffed and puffed their way to 108 all out in the first period of play with Nazmul Islam impressing for the Super Stars.
However, the side made a hash of what should have been a straight-forward chase. Dilshan Munaweera batted well for his 36 runs but four of the top six batsmen in the side failed to get on to double figures. Owais Shah slowed things down considerably with 11 runs off 29 deliveries and the Super Stars ultimately fell one run short as their innings ended at 107/9 in 20 overs.
The Riders were powered on to 176 runs batting first thanks to a fifty from West Indian opening batsman Lendl Simmons. He had help from Mohammad Mithun, Thisara Perera, and Shakib-Al-Hasan as all three scored important runs at quick time for Rangpur.
Shakib and Perera were even more potent with the ball as the duo shared seven wickets between them with Shakib claiming four scalps. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for the Dhaka Dynamites with 29 runs as Rangpur romped home to a 69-run victory.
Shakib will be the player to watch out for the Riders in this upcoming clash. The former Bangladesh skipper has been in great nick with both bat and ball and it will be interesting to see how the struggling Barisal cope with the threat that Shakib poses.
Meanwhile, nothing is happening for Sylhet currently and the side need to rethink their strategies ahead of this next fixture. They have been found wanting with the bat in both their matches so far. However, their bowling has been quite good so far.
Sylhet Super Stars v Rangpur Riders head to head
These two sides have met in two prior occasions and Sylhet have been victorious both times.
Sylhet Super Stars v Rangpur Riders betting tips & predictions
Rangpur Riders to win: 8/11
Match starts at 2 pm local time (8 am GMT) on November 26.