Unstoppable Riders meet with the unsure Victorians!
Our Prediction is for Rangpur Riders to win this game!
It is the big match of Bangladesh Premier League 2019 where the two best sides would take on each other in the first Qualifier. Rangpur Riders who have won both their games against Comilla Victorians would definitely start with a positive frame of mind. Comilla Victorians have also looked brilliant all this season and have players in good form who can take on any opposition.
It will be a prestige battle for the Comilla Victorians who wouldn’t like to lose against Rangpur Riders for the third time this season. But given the kind of strength Rangpur have in their team they aren’t likely to make it easy for the Victorians.
It isn’t easy to win six back to back games in a T20 league but Rangpur Riders at the moment are looking unstoppable. The way they won the last game against the Victorians would give them lot of confidence.
It is a batting line-up that is murdering its opponents and now Chris Gayle seems to have come to the party at the right time for the side. With Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers in the side and the likes of Mohammand Mithun, Ravi Bhopara and Farhad Reza they can destroy any bowling attack on their day and would be a very tough side to bowl against in the next game.
It was a wonderful bowling performance from the side in the last game. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has been bowling with a lion’s heart all this season while Nahidul Islam and Shahidul Islam have also been bowling well. Ravi Bhopara’s bowling in the last game was spot on and they have the bowling unit to take on their opponents.
Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Shahidul Islam
RR Rossouw, RS Bopara, Nahidul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, S Gazi, Shafiul Islam, Chris Gayle, Benny Howell, Mohammad Mithun, Farhad Reza, Mehedi Maruf
It wasn’t the kind of game that Comilla Victorians would have liked to finish the league stage with. They lost out against Rangpur Riders in a one-sided contest in the next game. As they take on the same side in the next game they need to improve upon their performance.
There was nothing positive in batting from their last game where they were bowled out for mere 72 runs. Their top order collapsed with Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamshur and Imrul Kayes not scoring many runs. But they would play the next game with a full strength side with Shahid Afridid and Evin Lewis coming in and would definitely do well with the bat.
The bowlers didn't have much to play with in the last game but they would definitely look to do well with Mohammad Saifuddin and Afridi coming back to the side. Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan and Moshrraf Hossain together have bowled well in the middle overs and the side would expect the same kind of performance from them in the next innings.
Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Thisara Perera, Anamul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosharraf Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Wahab Riaz
Thisara Perera, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mahedi Hasan, Sanjit Saha, Mohammad Saifuddin, SMSK Afridi, Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Anamul Haque
It is going to be a hazy evening in Dhaka on February 4th and there might be some seam moment off the pitch in the second innings. By and large the wicket will play well and it is expected to be a belter of a pitch where we are likely to see another of those high scoring games we have seen throughout the league in this wicket.
There have been several high scoring games played at Shere Bangla National Stadium this season. It is one ground where the batsmen love to play their strokes as the ball comes into the bat pretty nicely. The shorter square boundaries also help their cause. Fast bowlers who pitch the ball up also get good bargain out of this wicket.
It is going to be an evening game and dew would definitely come into the picture especially in the 2nd innings. Sides have preferred to chase totals at this ground in evening games when it becomes difficult to grip the ball. Any captain winning the toss would like to put opponents into bat.
Both the teams finished with 16 points at the end of the group stages. They have looked in fine form and have surely been the two best sides in the tournament. But Rangpur Riders would be a more confident unit having won both their league games against Comilla Victorians. Also the fact that they have the best T20 players on planet in their side would make them a confident unit. Rangpur Riders would start ahead of Comilla Victorians in the next game.
We are backing Rangpur Riders for the win!
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