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Victorians’ challenge to stall Barishal juggernaut in the final
Fortune Barishal to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are done with 33 games in the Bangladesh Premier League 2022 it is Fortune Barishal taking on the Comilla Victorians in the final. Both sides have played well in the tournament and finished 1 and 2 on the points table. Barishal had defeated Victorians in the 1st Qualifier to book a berth in the final while the Victorians defeated the Chattogram Challengers in the 2nd Qualifier.
The two sides have played three games between them earlier in the tournament and Barishal have won two of them. Barishal come into this game with eight wins in a row and this would add to the side’s confidence. It remains to be seen if the Comilla Victorians can pull off a major surprise and win this game.
Shakib Al Hasan’s side is enjoying great form. They have won the last eight games and defeated the Comilla Victorians in their last game. Taking on the same side here Hasan would like his side to continue with the same momentum. It would be a big-ticket game and the Barishal skipper wouldn’t want to see any complacency from his players.
Chris Gayle and Munim Shahriar are doing well as a pair at the top and the side would need runs from them at the start. They have a strong middle order with Shakib, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Ziaur Rahman and they would need to play well. The side bats deep with Dwayne Bravo, Towhid Hridoy, and Nurul Hasan being good hitters of the ball.
The side has had the best bowling attack in the tournament and the new ball pair of Mujeeb ur Rahman and Shafiqul Islam have done well for the side. Shakib and Bravo bring in strong experience to the bowling, and they are likely to test Victorians’ batsmen. Mehidy Hasan Rana and Shanto add depth to this attack.
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
Imrul Kayes’ side got its acts together against the Chattogram Challengers in the last game to register a comprehensive 7-wicket victory. It was a great show by their players as they destroyed the bowling attack. This game against Fortune Barishal would be a tougher challenge and Kayes would want his players to deliver their best and lay hands on the trophy.
Sunil Narine promoted up the order played an electrifying knock in the last game and he would look to set up a good stand with Liton Das. The middle-order is well-packed with Kayes, Faf du Plessis, and Moeen Ali in the team. Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Ariful Haque shall look to do the big-hitting in the next game.
Their bowling attack made a strong comeback after a poor show in the previous game. Mustafizur Rahman bowled well and he would look to strike early with Abu Haider Rony. Narine brings in his experience and will have to keep Barishal batting under check with Moeen Ali. Tanvir Islam and Shohidul Islam would be expected to do well in this game.
Imrul Kayes (c), Liton Das (wk), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Sunil Narine, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Nahidul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman
Dhaka would have clear skies on February 18. The surface would be good to bat on as we have seen in the recent games that have been played. Bowlers have generally struggled with it as the ball comes onto the bat nicely. In the final, the side batting first would be happy to put 180 runs on the board.
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka is a good venue for T20 cricket. The fast outfield and flat surface allow batsmen to score runs easily on this track. It hasn’t been a great venue for the fast bowlers who have generally struggled. Spinners have enjoyed a good record here with the wicket offering sharp turn.
It will be a high-pressure contest and toss would be important in this game. We have seen most sides chase score successfully at this venue. Setting up a total is challenging here and hence the side winning the toss in this game shall have little hesitation in inviting the opponents to bat first.
It will be a battle between some of the best players in this format of the game. Comilla Victorians displayed their firepower in the last game. However, the side has failed to show consistency in the second half of the tournament. They have to play their best game to win here. Fortune Barishal have been on a roll winning the last eight games in a row. This would make them favorites to win here and lift the trophy.
Fortune Barishal to win
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