Third phase of the BPL 2016 kicks off with a North Bengal Derby. The table toppers Rangpur Riders meet with the bottom scrapers Rajshahi Kings at afternnon in SBNCS.
The Rangpur side are now at at the top of the table, winning 5 matches off their 6 fixtures. They have won 3 of their matches with a 9 wicket margin and one with 7 wicket. Their bowling unit is doing especially well with former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi making it to the top five wicket takers till now. Local lads like Arafat Sunny and Sohag Gazi are also performing well. Afghan recruit Mohammad Shahzad has shown his worth with the bat too. It’s going to be a battle of nerves in the end and their opponents are so far seen quite a lot of nerve racking battles as well!
Rajshahi Kings are in an intriguing position. They have lost 4 of their 6 fixtures and are at the bottom half of the point table. But they have contested every match till the end but failing at the last moments. Rajshahi has a very good and in form batting line up at the top. All of their top order batsmen – Mominul, Sabbir, Samit Patel, Akmal are getting runs. Their bowling needs to stop leaking runs and the lower order needs to stand strong during the dying overs of the match, then the Kings can win any match by their current standards.