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13 Jan 2019 by Rob

2019 Bangladesh Premier League – Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians taking place? Sunday, 13th January - 11:20 (UK)

Where is Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians taking place? Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians? 26-28c with sunshine all day

What channel is Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians on? This match will be televised live on Star GOLD HD (Sky 729)

Where can I stream Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians? Tickets are on sale at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium booth (beside Stadium Gate 1) and Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Chittagong Vikings W2, Comilla Victorians W4
Last meeting: Comilla Victorians beat Chittagong Vikings by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS

Coach: Nurul Abedin

Captain: Mushfiqur Rahim

  • The Chittagong Vikings will carry plenty of confidence into this match after beating Khulna Titans on Saturday on the first Super Over in this year’s BPL campaign which makes it two victories from three matches so far.

  • They continue to rely on Frylinck, Sikandar Raza, Mohammad Shahzad and Cameron Delport as their overseas players but the latter three need to improve and contribute more as they have not met expectations as yet.

  • Talented young local batsmen Yasir Ali and bowler Nayeem Hasan were key in the win on Saturday and that will give them big confidence, along with the team, that they can compete for a top four spot in this year’s competition.

COMILLA VICTORIANS

Coach: Mohammad Salahuddin

Captain: Imrul Kayes

  • Comilla Victorians picked up their second win in three matches last time out against the Rajshahi Kings and both victories have now come when they have been chasing a total so that seems to be a clear preference for them.

  • Imrul Kayes has been chosen to skipper the side in the absence of Steve Smith who will miss this game but there is still a chance he will return for the next match while Liam Dawson will continue and he was in superb form in his first match in the BPL last time out taking 2/17 from four overs.

  • There is little reason to believe that the Victorians will change their starting line-up given their win last time out but they will be hoping for further improvement from their batting line-up which has struggled on the whole so far.

THE PREDICTION

Despite both of these teams having won two of their three matches in the BPL so far, their performances have been far from convincing. The quality of opposition that the teams have beaten gives the edge to the Vikings who have a win against the Rangpur Riders, while the Victorians have laboured to victory against the bottom two teams in the BPL. That said, the Victorians probably have the edge in star power and batting depth, but there really is little to choose between the sides based on form and performances so far. One to stay clear of here.

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