Man of the Match: Thisara Perera
Dhaka Dynamites to win
Our Prediction is Dhaka Dynamites to win the match!
Hosts Dhaka Dynamites will be impatient to continue momentum forward when they will face Comilla Victorians in the 26th match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)on Tuesday.
Three-time BPL Champions are currently lying at the top of the points table despite losing their previous game played against Chittagong Vikings played on Monday. Shakib-led unit will be keen to make amends for the mistakes made in the previous game.
On the other hand, Comilla Victorians will be bitterly disappointed with a 38-run defeat in their previous game against Rajshahi Kings played on Monday. With this result, Victorians are still at third place with 8 points to their name in 7 matches played so far this season.
For Dhaka Dynamites, the match against Comilla Victorians is an opportunity to strengthen their top of the table position. The side has managed to win five games out of seven played so far this season. Captain Shakib Al Hasan will certainly be looking to field his best combination for this game in order to help Dynamites move a step closer in securing their place in the playoffs of the competition.
Shakib Al Hasan has been consistent performer with the bat and is currently leading the batting charts for Dynamites this season. He has scored 169 runs in 7 matches with one half-century to his name.
The team will be depending on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai - 146 runs at an average of 29.20 and Rony Talukdar - 131 runs at an average of 21.83 to produce the goods from the top, whereas all-rounder Russell -126 runs at an average of 25 .50, will be expected to provide fireworks in the back end of the innings.
Wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan also chipped in with crucial runs for Dynamites in the previous game played against Chittagong Vikings.
In the bowling department, Captain Shakib Al Hasan will be leading Dynamites’ bowling efforts as he has already managed to claim fourteen wickets so far this season, and he will be supported by pace bowler Rubel Hossain and West Indies’ off-spinner Sunil Narine, who have picked up crucial wickets for the side in this year’s competition.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Robbie Frylinck, Darwish Rasooli, Nurul Hasan (wk), Rony Talukdar, Hazratullah Zazai/Mizanur Rahman, Aliss Islam, Rubel Hossain.
Sunil Narine, Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Hazratullah Zazai, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohor Sheikh, Mohammad Naim, Rubel Hossain, Darwish Rasooli, R Talukdar, Andre Russell
On the other hand, Comilla Victorians have done well this season with four wins out of seven played. Captain Imrul Kayes will be hoping to see his team put a much better show, both with bat and ball, to upstage Dhaka Dynamites in their backyard
In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of experienced opener Tamim Iqbal -158 runs at an average of 22.57, captain Imrul Kayes -105 runs at an average of 17.50 and all-rounder Shahid Afridi 106 runs at an average of 26.50.
Wicket-keeper Anamul Haque has shown decent so far this season and needs to score big runs for the side in this game. Haque has failed to capitalize after getting off to decent starts in all the games played so far this season.
Shamsur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman will need to contribute with runs for the side in the next couple of games.However, the real cause of concern for Comilla Victorians in this game will be their bowling department, who are constantly finding it hard to contain runs or to pick wickets at crucial stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the spin trio of Shahid Afridi, Liam Dawson and Mahedi Hasan to provide breakthroughs for Comilla Victorians as they have already claimed 20 wickets collectively. Mohammad Saifuddin, Wahab Riaz and Thisara Perera will need to improve as they were quite expensive in the previous game played against Rajshahi Kings.
Imrul Kayes (c), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wk), Shamsur Rahman, Ziaur Rahman, Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Thisara Perera, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Liam Dawson, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, SMSK Afridi, Ziaur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Anamul Haque
The previous game played at the venue saw quick bowlers rule the roost with plenty of assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for Tuesday game is going to be clear skies.
Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has provided favorable assistance to the quick bowlers. It will be interesting how bowlers fare in the game between Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The previous day-night game was won by side batting second.
Hosts Dhaka Dynamites will be hard to beat in their own backyard. The likes of Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell provide value with bat and ball. Comilla Victorians will need to produce something special to beat league leaders Dhaka Dynamites in this game.
Our prediction is Dhaka Dynamites to win!
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