Three teams with 12 points, and only nine matches to be played in the Bangladesh Premier League, can the competition get any closer? The teams are looking to clinch the top two positions in BPL 2016 as they will be in a huge advantage in the playoffs with an extra chance to reach the final. However, four teams will reach the playoffs, for which the contest is heating up, and a small mistake here or there could cost them a place.
Here is a look at the two matches to be played on Wednesday:
Rangpur Riders vs Dhaka Dynamites
The Dynamites have been a strong team in BPL 2016, and a win against Riders will further strengthen their position at the top of the table. Riders will not make their life any easier, as they can draw level on points and reach a spot in the first four as well. There is a lot to play for in this contest.
With two back-to-back wins against Comilla Victorians and Barisal Bulls, the Dynamites come into this match with a spring in their step. They would want to carry this winning momentum forward against the Riders too. With all-rounders like Shakb Al Hasan, Dwayne Bravo, and also quality batsmen such as Kumar Sangakkara, they have the ammunition to script their seventh win of the season.
The Riders, after a good start, are a team on the downfall. They have lost their last three matches. Their players need to find their rhythm back, else it might be difficult for them to climb up the table. They need to erase whatever has happened in their last three matches, and play some positive cricket to register a win. For that, they will need big players like Mohammad Shahzad, Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain to shine and help their team post a positive result.
Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings
The Victorians have been the biggest disappointment of BPL 2016, scripting two wins in nine matches. A win for the Victorians will also be consolation for them as they are out of the competition. They might not be in focus as of now, but their opponents have become one of the most feared teams in BPL 2016.
The Kings have won four matches on a trot, playing some wonderful cricket, and can even move to the second spot if they manage to defeat the defending champions with a huge margin. It is their combined team effort, which has helped them win matches.
Where to watch live
Rangpur Riders vs Dhaka Dynamites BPL match is scheduled for 1 pm local time (12:30 pm IST) start, and Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings clash will take shape from 5:45 pm local time (5.15 pm IST). TV and live streaming options can be found below for the matches.
India: TV: Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
Bangladesh: TV: Channel Nine BD.
Pakistan: TV: Geo Super