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Toss Winner - Comilla Victorians won the toss and chose to bowl first
Fortune Barishal beat Comilla Victorians by 10 runs
Test for Khulna’s bowlers against Fortune Barishal
Fortune Barishal to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Table-toppers Fortune Barishal would be taking on the Comilla Victorians in the 1st Qualifier of the Bangladesh Premier League 2022. Fortune Barishal come here after a confident win against Minister Group Dhaka in their last league game. The Comilla Victorians on the other hand suffered a loss against Khulna Tigers in their last game.
Fortune Barishal and Victorians won a game each in the two league games the side played. Both sides have powerful hitters of the ball in the side, and this is likely to make the game more interesting. Victorians have to make a comeback with the ball, and it remains to be seen if they are up to the challenge.
Shakib Al Hasan’s side did well in the league stage to finish at the top of the points table. They have won the last six games in a row and come here with an 8-wicket victory over the Minister Group Dhaka. Comilla Victorians would be a tougher side to beat, and Hasan shall look to lead from the front and do well in this game.
Chris Gayle and Munim Shahriar have done well opening the batting and the side would expect to see a strong start from them here. Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib, and Nurul Hasan add strength to the middle order with their experience. The side would also like to see good hits down the order from Towhid Hridoy, Dwayne Bravo, and Ziaur Rahman in this game.
Mujeeb ur Rahman has been in excellent form and he would look to pick early wickets in the game with Shafiqul Islam. Shakib and Bravo are experienced bowlers, and the side would expect tight spells from them in the middle overs. They have good options in their attack with Shanto, Mahedi Hasan Rana, and Ziaur Rahman on the side.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Munim Shahriar, Chris Gayle, Nurul Hasan (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Dwayne Bravo, Ziaur Rahman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Shafiqul Islam
Dwayne Bravo, Munim Shahriar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Chris Gayle, Towhid Hridoy, Shafiqul Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Ziaur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan
Imrul Kayes is likely to return to the side for this big game and they would have to make a big comeback here. Their bowling attack was blown to pieces in the last game as they went down by 9 wickets against Khulna Tigers. It would be a tough challenge against Fortune Barishal and Kayes would want his players to be equally up to the task.
The side would need a good start from Liton Das and Mahmudul Hasan Joy in this game as Barishal has one of the best bowling attacks. Faf du Plessis would be confident after his hundred in the last game and he would aim to add runs with Kayes and Moeen Ali. Sunil Narine and Mahidul Islam Aknon have hitting abilities down the order.
Their bowling attack fared poorly in the last game, but the side would be back in full strength for this game. They would need early strikes from Mustafizur Rahman and Nahidul Islam. Moeen Ali and Narine bring lots of experience to the table and they will look to do well here. Tanvir Islam and Abu Hider Roy must do well in the supporting act for the side to win here.
Imrul Kayes (c), Liton Das, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Sunil Narine, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Nahidul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman
Nahidul Islam, Faf du Plessis, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Tanvir Islam, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Moeen Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Shohidul Islam
Dhaka would have clear skies on February 14. The surface would be good to bat on, and the ball would come onto the bat nicely. The side batting first in this game would need at least 180 runs on the board to feel confident.
It is a perfect venue for a T20 game where there is something for the batsmen as well as the spinners. There have been huge scores put up at this ground thanks to the smaller square boundaries and a fast outfield. Fast bowlers have struggled but spinners have found good assistance from the track.
Chase the score and win the game has been the mantra for most sides at this venue. In the last seven games, the side has won just one game batting first. Hence, the side winning the toss here would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
It is a contest between the two best sides in the tournament. The Comilla Victorians have done extremely well with the bat, but their bowling attack has been in poor form in most games the side has played. They can least afford this here. Fortune Barishal is enjoying a brilliant run in the tournament, and this would make them favorites in this contest.
Fortune Barishal to win
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