Man of the Match: Laurie Evans
Comilla Victorians to win the Match
Our Prediction is Comilla Victorians to win!
Comilla Victorians will be keen to continue their winning streak when they take on Rajshahi Kings in the 23rd game of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Dhaka on Monday.
In their previous meeting between two teams this season, Comilla Victorians comfortably brushed aside Rajshahi Kings courtesy of a splendid all-round performance from Shahid Afridi.
Comilla Victorians will be keen to continue good form in this game as well. The side has managed to win four games out of six played so far this season. They will a chance to go the top of the table if they manage to beat Rajshahi Kings in this game.
On the other hand, Rajshahi Kings have suffered from inconsistently and would be keen to make amends for their mistakes made so far this season. In their previous game, Kings put in a disciplined show with bat and ball to beat Dhaka Dynamites by 20 runs.
The franchise main’s strength has been their strong bowling lineup that consists of the likes of Shahid Afridi, Mahedi Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin, who delivered crucial breakthroughs for the side this season.
Imrul Kayes will be pleased that the batting lineup raised their game against Khulna Titans and chased down a score of 181 runs. Opener Tamim Iqbal found form with the bat against Titans and put on a 115-run partnership with Anamul Haque.
Iqbal scored 73 runs off 42 balls with the help of twelve fours and a six to help Comilla Victorians register their fourth win of the competition. He was well supported by the likes of Anamul Haque and Imrul Kayes, who chipped in with crucial scores for the side.
The side has destructive players like Thisara Perera and Shahid Afridi that can certainly change the situation of the game in a space of few overs.
Shahid Afridi was the standout bowler for Victorians in the previous game with three wickets. Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz also picked two wickets against Khulna Titans. Medium pacer Mohammad Saifuddin has topped the bowling charts for Victorians so far this season with 9 wickets to his name.
Imrul Kayes (c), Anamul Haque (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Thisara Perera, Liam Dawson, Ziaur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Liam Dawson, Thisara Perera, Mahedi Hasan, SMSK Afridi, Ziaur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Anamul Haque
Mehedi Hasan Miraaz will be determined to make sure that the side can produce consistency with bat and ball in the next couple of games in the competition. Kings have managed to win three games out of six played so far this season.
Kings made changes to their lineup in the previous game as Marshall Ayub and Shahriar Nafees replaced out of form Mominul Haque and Laurie Evans in the playing XI. All-rounder Marshall Ayub delivered the goods with the bat and scored 45 off 31 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Shahriar Nafees also chipped in with crucial score for Kings in the previous game. Ryan Ten Doeschate and Zakir Hasan also produced brisk cameos in the game played against Dhaka Dynamites. Captain Mehedi Hasan has shown good form with the bat and contributed well to the team’s cause in this year’s competition.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Arafat Sunny was the standout performer with the ball in the previous game played against Dhaka Dynamites. He is leading wicket-taker for the side this season with 8 wickets from six games at an average of 11.75. Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and Isuru Udana are premier bowling options for the side this season.
Mehedi Hasan (c), Shahriar Nafees, Zakir Khan (wk), Christiaan Jonker, Marshall Ayub, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Seekkuge Prasanna, Arafat Sunny, Isuru Udana, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
Kamrul Islam, Christiaan Jonker, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Zakir Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, A Sunny, Shahriar Nafees, Mehidy Hasan, RN ten Doeschate, Marshall Ayub, Qais Ahmad
The wicket for the game will be excellent for batting. The quick bowlers might some assistance in the initial few overs. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday will be sunny skies.
The venue has hosted so far 14 games in this year’s competition. The previous game was played between Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings.
The toss will not play a big role as the wicket at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium tends to remain the same throughout the duration of the game.
Host Comilla Victorians will be confident of doing well against Rajshahi Kings. The side has world-class players like Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi in their ranks. Rajshahi Kings will need to show consistency with bat and ball to upstage Comilla Victorians in this contest.
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