BPL 2019-20: Match 18, Khulna Tigers vs Rajshahi Royals: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

In the previous five encounters between both the sides, Khulna Tigers have clinched the win on four occasions.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Toss update

Rajshahi Royals won the toss and elected to field first.

Khulna Tigers Playing XI:

Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Shamsur Rahman, Robbie Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul Islam, Tanvir Islam


Rajshahi Royals Playing XI:

Liton Das(w), Alok Kapali, Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell(c), Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Irfan, Kamrul Islam

Match Details:

The 18th match of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League will be played between Khulna Tigers and Rajshahi Royals at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhary Stadium in Chattogram.

The match starts at 06:00 PM IST (12:30 pM GMT) (06:30 PM Local). It can be streamed live on Fancode in India.


Khulna Tigers have kicked off their BPL 2019-20 campaign in style by winning three of their opening four matches. The Mushfiqur Rahim-led side are currently sitting second in the points table. In their previous match against Sylhet Thunder, Tigers registered their first defeat of the tournament.

Chasing a massive total of 232 runs, Khulna Tigers succumbed to the pressure and gathered only 152 runs on the board. Rilee Rossouw, who smashed 52 runs off 32 deliveries emerged as the top-performer for Tigers.

Rajshahi Royals have also suffered a solitary defeat in their BPL 2019-20 campaign and are currently sitting third- a place behind Khulna Tigers- in the point table. In their previous game against Tigers, Royals suffered a five-wicket defeat after posting 189 runs on the board.

The Royals’ bowling force could not restrict Khulna Tigers’ batsmen, who chased down the target with two balls remaining. Royals’ Shoaib Malik stole the limelight by smashing 87 runs off 50 balls. In the previous five encounters between both the sides, Khulna Tigers have clinched the win on four occasions.

Weather Condition/Report:

There are no chances of rain and it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to hover around 26 degrees Celsius throughout the day along with a moderate level of humidity according to Accuweather.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The wicket has proved to be beneficial for batsmen with bowlers having nothing much to do. However, the spinners might play an important role in the latter part of the game as they will get some turn from the wicket. Chasing team has been on the winning side on most occasions on this wicket.

Average first innings score: 155 [In 6 T20s played at the venue this season]

Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 1

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs

Khulna Tigers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Shamsur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Saif Hassan, Robbie Frylinck, Mehidy Hasan, Shahidul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Amir, Robiul Haque

Bench: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Aminul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Aliss Islam

Rajshahi Royals: Hazratullah Zazai, Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell(C), Ravi Bopara, Alok Kapali, Abu Jayed Rahi, Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Kamrul Islam

Bench: Irfan Sukkur, Nahidul Islam, Minhajul Abedi Afridi

Top picks

Rilee Rossouw has been in the form of his life. The South African batsman has smashed 224 runs in 4 matches so far including three half-centuries. He is anticipated to carry his sublime run-scoring spree. Tigers’ skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 153 runs so far in the tournament at an average of 76.50. Shoaib Malik has also been impressive for Rajshahi Royals. The right-hander has scored 139 runs in three matches including an astounding knock of 87 runs. With the ability to deliver in both the departments, Ravi Bopara can also emerge as a vital player for Rajshahi Royals.

Captain and vice-captaincy options:

Captain –Mushfiqur Rahim, Rilee Rossouw, Andre Russell

Vice-captain – Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir

Suggested playing XI for head to head/Small leagues:

Keeper –  Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das

Batsmen – Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Rilee Rossouw (C)

All-rounders –Ravi Bopara (VC), Robert Frylinck

Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul-Islam, Shahidul Islam

Suggested playing XI for Grand leagues/Mega leagues:

Keeper –  Liton Das, R Gurbaz

Batsmen – Afif Hossain, Alok Kapali, Shoaib Malik (VC), Rilee Rossouw

All-Rounders – Andre Russell (C)

Bowlers – Farhad Reza, Tanvir Islam, Mohammad Amir, Shafiul-Islam


Expert advice

Batsmen of both sides have been in splendid form. Picking up all-rounders like Ravi Bopara can prove beneficial. Considering the recent form, Rossouw has been phenomenal with his wooden sword.

Probable winners:

Khulna Tigers are expected to win the match.