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Toss Winner - Fortune Barishal won the toss and chose to bowl first
Comilla Victorians beat Fortune Barishal by 63 runs
Test for Comilla Victorians’ batting against Barishal
Fortune Barishal to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Bangladesh Premier League 2022 is getting interesting with all teams having shown sparks of brilliance. The 8th game would see the Comilla Victorians take on Fortune Barishal. The Victorians defeated Sylhet Sunrisers in their first game of the season while the Fortune Barishal come here after a loss against Minister Group Dhaka.
Fortune Barishal have one of the strongest outfits in the tournament boasting names such as Chris Gayle and Shakib al Hasan. They would be a tough side to beat in this game and the Victorians would need to play out of their skins. The Victorians struggled with the bat in the last game, and this would be worrying the side.
Imrul Kayes’s side has started with a victory in the tournament. They defeated the Sylhet Sunrisers by 2 wickets in their opening game. But the side struggled to victory with their batsmen nearly making a mess of the chase. Kayes would be aware of the strength Barishal have with the ball and expect a better show from his batsmen in this game.
Faf du Plessis and Cameron Delport need to provide the side with a steady start given their poor show in the last game. In the middle order Mominul Haque, Kayes, and Nahidul Islam would have to work towards building partnerships. The side would also expect a good show from the likes of Karim Janat, Mahidul Islam Ankon, and Ariful Haque down the order.
It was brilliant efforts by their bowlers in the last game that set up a win and the side would need similar spells with the new ball from Nahidul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman. Tanvir Islam and Shohidul Islam did well and this would add to the side’s confidence. They have options in this department with Haque, Janat, and Mominul on the side.
Imrul Kayes (c), Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Karim Janat, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Shohidul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Nahidul Islam, Faf du Plessis, Karim Janat, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Tanvir Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Cameron Delport, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Shohidul Islam
Shakib Al Hasan’s side went down by 4 wickets in their last game against Minister Group Dhaka. Their batsmen failed to build partnerships and accelerate the score leading to their downfall. Shakib would like to see better efforts from his batsmen as in both games their players have failed to convert starts. The Victorians have a good bowling attack and Barishal batsmen must be on their toes.
Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shykat Ali must provide a healthy start to the side in this game which hasn’t been the case so far. The middle order is strong with Chris Gayle and Shakib adding to the firepower for the side. Towhid Hridoy will have to play an important role down the order with Dwayne Bravo, Nurul Hasan, and Ziaur Rahman down the order.
Alzarri Joseph will have to make good use of the new ball which hasn’t been the case so far. Shakib is looking in great form with the ball and he would have to do the damage with Shafiqul Islam. In Bravo, Ziaur Rahman, and Taijul Islam the side has good variety in its bowling attack.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shykat Ali, Chris Gayle, Towhid Hridoy, Nurul Hasan (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ziaur Rahman, Alzarri Joseph, Taijul Islam, Shafiqul Islam
Dwayne Bravo, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Chris Gayle, Towhid Hridoy, Jake Lintott, Shykat Ali, Ziaur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan
We expect to see some clouds over Dhaka on January 25. The wicket is flat, and batsmen can score runs easily on this track. Fast bowlers have struggled as there hasn’t been much for them on this surface. The side batting first in this game would need 170 runs or more on the board to defend it successfully.
The pitch at Shere Bangla National Stadium is good for batting and we have seen big scores from batsmen once they have got their eyes set in. It isn’t the best venue for the fast bowlers. Spinners have enjoyed great success at this venue and the dry surface offers them good assistance.
In the first five games played at this ground, the side chasing the score has registered wins in four games. It is a great surface to chase scores and the side batting first finds it difficult to set targets. Hence, the side winning the toss would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first here.
The Comilla Victorians must make improvements in the batting department after their poor show in the last game. Their batsmen shall have to play with more determination to do well in this game. Fortune Barishal have experienced batsmen and bowlers in the side, and this would add to their confidence and make them favorites to win here.
Fortune Barishal to win
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