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10 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

2019 Bangladesh Premier League – Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings taking place? Friday, 11th January - 13:00 (UK)

Where is Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings taking place? Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings? 24-26 with sunshine all day

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings? 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: Comilla Victorians W3, Rajshahi Kings W1
Last meeting: Rajshahi Kings beat Comilla Victorians by 28 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

COMILLA VICTORIANS

Coach: Mohammad Salahuddin

Captain: Tamim Iqbal

  • After beating the Sylhet Sixers in their opening match, the Victorians were stunned against the Rangpur Riders last time out as they were bowled out for a paltry 63 and they were casually knocked off in 12 overs which has majorly dented the Victorians net run rate.

  • Steve Smith has picked up an elbow problem and has returned to Australia so he will miss the next couple of matches at least pending a scan which leaves a little short but they should be able to count upon Liam Dawson who will be a solid option with the bat and the ball.

  • The top three batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewin and Imrul Kayes have to improve with only Tamim Iqbal have one score of 35 and the other two failing to reach double figures in two innings each so far especially with Smith absent.

RAJSHAHI KINGS

Coach: Lance Klusener

Captain: Mehedy Hasan Miraz

  • After being outplayed by the Dynamites in their opening match, the Kings bounced back nicely by beating the Titans by seven wickets last time out in a solid all-round performance to kick start their BPL campaign.

  • The local players were in outstanding form in the win over the Titans as Mustafizur Rahman took 2/18 with the ball while skipper Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit 51 and Mominul Haque 44 as they played a key role in the victory for their team.

  • The bowling performance was exceptional and they will relish the opportunity of taking early wickets against this fragile top order so that may convince them to put the Victorians into bat if they win the toss.

THE PREDICTION

Contrasting performances by both teams in their opening two matches which makes this game tough to predict. The Kings’ local players made the difference in the last match and that is often key especially when coming to terms with the conditions which the Victorians have struggled with. The Kings’ batsmen have looked more reliable and their bowlers more dangerous so they are preferred but this match could go either way.

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