Man of the Match: Evin Lewis
Titans would need to defend their pride!
Our Prediction is for Comilla Victorians to win this game!
It is the 33rd match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 and Khulna Titans who have looked in miserable form this season would take on Comilla Victorians. It has been a good season so far for the Victorians and they have nearly qualified for the playoff stage of the tournament. They would take confidence from the fact that they had defeated Titans in the earlier game of the season pretty convincingly.
The upcoming game would be interesting as it would present Titans with a chance to salvage some pride while the Victorians would be hoping to earn their 2 points from the game and secure their place in the playoffs.
It has been an awful season for Khulna Titans where they have lost eight out of their ten games. The side is out of the playoff contention and would be playing for its pride in the upcoming game.
Brendan Taylor and Junaid Siddique did bat well in the last game and gave the team the start it needed chasing a big score. But beyond that the side didn't have much to celebrate. Al-Amin, Mahmudullah and Ariful Haque did get start but the rest of the batsmen failed to go beyond single digit. They would need to play extremely well to pose a challenge for their opponents in the next game.
Titans' bowlers had a pretty bad day at the office with most of them going for runs. It has been almost the same story throughout the game. Subashis Roy, Yasir Shah and Taijul Islam al had a bad day. The side would need good performances from David Wiese and Junaid Khan to win the next game against a stronger opponent.
Brendan Taylor (wk), Junaid Siddique, Al-Amin, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah (c), Ariful Haque, David Wiese, Yasir Shah, Taijul Islam, Junaid Khan, Subashis Roy
M Junaid Siddique, BRM Taylor, Dawid Malan, Nazmul Hossain, Carlos Brathwaite, Taijul Islam, Mahmudullah, Saddam Hossain, Ariful Haque, D Wiese, Shariful Islam
It has been a hits and misses kind of a tournament so far for the Comilla Victorians but sitting 4th at the points table they would be looking forward to cementing their place for the play-offs in the next game.
They have a strong opening pair in Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque. Tamim has been in good form this season. Skipper Imrul Khyas has also played well and Shamsur Rahman did extremely well in the last game. With big hitters Shahid Afridi and Thisara Perara in the lower order the team has a powerful batting line-up to score well in the next game.
The bowlers have done well for the side so far in the season. Mahedi Hasan and Wahab Riaz have been good and Shahid Afridi brought all his experience in the last game to bowl that incredible spell. They are one of the best bowling sides of this season having variety in their bowling with Liam Dawson and Thisara Perara also bowling in good rhythm.
Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Imrul Kayes (c), Shamsur Rahman, Thisara Perera, Liam Dawson, Ziaur Rahman, Anamul Haque (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan
Thisara Perera, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, M Shahid, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, SMSK Afridi, Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Anamul Haque
It is expected to be another hot and humid afternoon at Chittagong on 28th January. The hard baked pitch would be easy to bat on in the first innings and as the game progresses bowlers would find it easier to bowl on this surface. So far we have seen high scoring games on this pitch and it is likely to remain the same in the next game.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram rewards batsmen who are willing to build their innings. It isn’t one of those flat sub-continental tracks but one where the ball tends to stop a bit. Both fast bowlers and spinners tend to get good bargain out of the wicket if they bowl a tight line and make the batsmen play every ball.
In both the afternoon games that have so far been played at this venue the side batting first has won the game. Batting is easy in the first innings with bowlers having to negotiate hot and humid conditions. The spinners come into the picture in the second innings and hence the side winning the toss would surely bat first on this wicket.
For Khulna Titans it has been a sorry tale of affairs all throughout the season and the team is seriously down on confidence as was seen during their last game against the Sylhet Sixers. Comilla Victorians on the other hand would be upbeat after having defeated Dhaka Dynamites in the last game. They have a strong team and would definitely start ahead of the Titans in the next game.
We are backing Comilla Victorians for the win!
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