Dhaka Dynamites were the runners-up in the last season of the Bangladesh Premier League and will compete against Rajshahi Kings, who ended with the wooden spoon last year, in their first match of the tournament.
Dhaka Dynamites will be led by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who ended as the highest wicket-taker last year with 22 wickets from 13 matches. Shakib has been in sensational form since his comeback and picked up 5-20 and 3-37 in the two matches played at Dhaka against the Windies.
The team will also feature West Indian stars in Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Rovman Powell along with Hazratullah Zazai. Each of these players can change the scenario of the match with their explosive batting and will be a handful for the opposition teams. Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan will assist Shakib in the bowling department. It is a pity the Windies did not have these players in their recent tour of India as many betting sites in India would have favoured the Windies a series win with them in the squad.
The leading lights for Rajshahi Kings would be Mehandi Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. Qais Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Ryan ten Doeschate, Laurie Evans and Soumya Sarkar have also been added to the squad.
Evans ended as the highest run-scorer in the T20 Blast in England and would open the innings along with Mominul Haque.
Overall, the Rajshahi Kings' squad lacks the fire power and skill as compared to Dhaka Dynamites, who have a host of T20 stars to choose from. It is worth looking at betting in India sites to get the best odds on the Australia v India Test series and we will go with Dhaka Dynamites in this match.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Dhaka Dynamites - Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, Shakib Al Hasan, Kieron Pollard, Nurul Hasan, Shuvugata Hom, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain
Rajshahi Kings - Mominul Haque, Laurie Evans, Soumya Sarkar, Ryan ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmad, Mohammad Sami, Isuru Udana, Mustafizur Rahman
Who will win? – Dhaka Dynamites
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hazratullah Zazai (Dhaka Dynamites), Laurie Evans (Rajshahi Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shakib Al Hasan (Dhaka Dynamites), Mustafizur Rahman (Rajshahi Kings)
Most Sixes – Hazratullah Zazai (Dhaka Dynamites), Laurie Evans (Rajshahi Kings)
Team Scores Batting First – Dhaka Dynamites 155+, Rajshahi Kings 140+