Bangladesh Premier League, 2017: There will be a head-on collision between Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders today in the final of the league at Dhaka.
The chances of the BPL final being a one-sided affair are fairly high though as Dhaka Dynamites is one of the strongest side of the league. If either their top-order batsmen or the spin bowlers fire, Rangpur Riders will struggle in the finale.
During the entire tournament, Evin Lewis, Joe Denly, Shahid Afridi and Sunil Narine have struck 56 sixes among them, and have batted at a strike-rate of 144.61. Every time they have fired with the bat, Dhaka have cruised to victory.
Afridi and Narine form part of Dhaka’s three-man spin attack including the captain Shakib Al Hasan, and the trio has been relentless through the season. Shakib is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker while Afridi already has two four-wicket hauls. Narine, has been the most economical bowler of the tournament conceding at five per over in 11 matches.
On the other hand, for Rangpur Riders, Gayle, Charles and McCullum have come late to the party, but they have peaked at the right time for Rangpur. Gayle and Charles have both scored hundreds in the qualifiers while McCullum hammered nine sixes in his knock of 78 in his last match.
Dhaka is likely to stick to their XI that crushed Comilla Victorians in the first Qualifier.
Dhaka Dynamites (probable): 1 Mehedi Maruf, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Joe Denly, 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Jahurul Islam (wk), 10 Abu Hider, 11 Mohammad Saddam
Rangpur Riders (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Mohammad Mithun (wk), 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Nahidul Islam, 7 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain