BPL 2018-19 Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians 35th Match Prediction. In a crucial battle at the top of the points table, Chittagong Vikings take on in-form Comilla Victorians in the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League in Chittagong. The match is scheduled for January 29 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
- Chittagong Vikings charged to the top of the points table with five wins in a row but have lost both games they have played in this Chittagong phase of fixtures.
- Comilla Victorians are now level on points with the Vikings after a resurgent run of form – Evin Lewis returning to the team with a century last time out, in an 80-run win against Khulna Titans.
- He previous match between these two teams proved to be a thriller. Thisara Perera smashed 74* from 26 balls for the Victorians as they posted 184/5, but Mushfiqur Rahim scored 75 from 41 in reply and Robbie Frylinck hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.
Our Pick: Comilla Victorians
CHV vs COM, BPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Chittagong have won the toss twice on their home turf and elected to field first both times. Every team to have won in Chittagong have done so batting first, however, so the Vikings will surely want to change tactics this time.
Chittagong Vikings Team News & Playing 11
CHV Team News
Robbie Frylinck’s injury is a huge blow for the Chittagong Vikings. The star of their earlier form, he missed the defeat to Rajshahi Kings after being injured against Rangpur. Cameron Delport returned in his place and is likely to continue but that means a different dynamic to the Vikings’ line-up. Nayeem Hasan also came back in last time out, replacing Sunzamul Islam.
CHV Key Players
While the Vikings’ form has faded, Yasir Ali has come good in the last two games. He hit 78 in the defeat to Rangpur Riders and 58 from 38 balls against Rajshahi Kings last time out.
That included a useful partnership with Mohammad Shahzad, who scored 49 from 22 balls – another bright start without yet making a big score for the Afghani opener. He has 94 runs in his last three innings, while he scored 46 last time they played the Comilla Victorians.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim is second only to Rilee Rossouw in the run-scoring charts, meanwhile. He has hit three half-centuries – including his high score of 75 the last time these two teams played – and has 321 runs from nine innings.
With the ball, in Robbie Frylinck’s absence, Khaled Ahmed took 2-32 last time out to move to the top of their bowling charts with 13 wickets – showing better control against Rajshahi than he had against Rangpur Riders.
Abu Jayed also has 13 for the tournament after following up his 2-35 against the Riders with an excellent 1-24 against Rajshahi Kings. What they need now is one of the other bowlers to start backing them up in the middle overs.
CHV Team Form
Chittagong Vikings’ five-match winning run has ended since the fixtures moved to their ‘home’ pitch – they have lost two from two in Chittagong.
The winning streak was notable for Robbie Frylinck’s performances, including the Super Over win against Khulna Titans – after he hit two sixes in the final over to snatch a tie – that started the run.
Victory in the previous game against Comilla Victorians followed – Mushfiqur Rahim scoring 75 from 41 balls as the Vikings chased 185 to win by four wickets with two balls to spare.
When they faced the Titans again, it was half-centuries from Yasir Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim that led the way, in a score of 214/4 on their way to a 26-run win. Frylinck then hit three sixes in thefinal over, after taking 2-19 to restrict Dhaka Dynamites to 139/9, as the Vikings’ winning streak stretched to four games with a three-wicket win.
After downing Dhaka, they then moved ahead of them in the points table as Mushfiqur continued his good batting form with an unbeaten 64 from 46 balls to help chase 158 against Rajshahi Kings, in a six-wicket win.
The form has stalled since, however. Set 240 to beat Rangpur Riders, Yasir Ali hit 78 from 48 balls but the Vikings finished well short on 167/8. They then finished seven runs short of Rajshahi Kings’ 198/5 last time out, despite another quickfire half-century from Yasir Ali – closing on 191/8.
Chittagong Vikings Predicted Playing 11
- Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Sikandar Raza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najbullah Zadran, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Comilla Victorians Team News & Playing 11
COM Team News
Having been unchanged for the previous four games, Comilla Victorians’ decision to restore fit-again Evin Lewis to the starting line-up against Khulna Titans paid dividends. Having been out with a hamstring injury, Lewis smashed an unbeaten century to justify his inclusion ahead of Liam Dawson. The other change saw Mohammad Shahid replace Ziaur Rahman to maintain the balance of the side, and – having tried to be consistent during their resurgent run of form – more changes are unlikely.
COM Key Players
After being injured in the previous game against Chittagong Vikings, Evin Lewis roared back into form last time out – the big-hitting West Indian opener hit ten sixes in his 49-ball unbeaten 109 – his third T20 century.
That knock included a 58-run opening partnership with Tamim Iqbal, who has rediscovered his batting touch too. The Bangladeshi opener has scored 73, 25, 34 and 25 in his last four innings after struggling for runs before that.
With the openers firing, there is less pressure down the order but Thisara Perera has already proved he can score big runs against Chittagong Vikings – the Sri Lankan hammered 74 from just 26 balls, and picked up wickets as well in this tournament.
Elsewhere in the bowling attack, Wahab Riaz claimed 3-14 last time out to move to nine wickets in five games, while Shahid Afridi’s 3-27 takes him to 13 wickets in the tournament, complemented by 123 runs with the bat.Mohammad Saifuddin has taken 11 wickets so far, meanwhile, having claimed 16 in last season’s Bangladesh Premier League too.
COM Team Form
Comilla Victorians have charged up the table with four wins from their last five games – a run of form which started with the Sylhet phase of fixtures. They set the tone by bowling Sylhet Sixers out for 68 in the first game – Mahedi Hasan claiming 4-22 – and have not looked back from that eight-wicket win.
Against Khulna Titans next up, Tamim Iqbal then found form with a 42-ball 73 to help chase 182 to win by three wickets in the final over. A blip followed – bowled out for 138 in a 38-run defeat to Rajshahi Kings – but they have won both matches since.
First, they beat then league leaders Dhaka Dynamites by seven runs, as Shamsur Rahman top-scored with 48 from 35 balls in a total of 153/8 and Thisara Perera took 3-14 to restrict the Dynamites to 146/9.
Last time out, Evin Lewis returned to the team in style – hitting 109* from 49 balls against Khulna Titans in a monster total of 237/5. Three wickets apiece for Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi disrupted the reply, and the Victorians won by 80 runs.
Comilla Victorians Predicted Playing 11
- Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Thisara Perera, Anamul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Shahid, Mahedi Hasan, Wahab Riaz
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CHV : L L W W W
COM : W W L W W
CHV vs COM Head to Head
Chittagong Vikings claimed their third win in seven previous matches against Comilla Victorians when they met earlier on in this year’s tournament. Comilla had previously won both games they played against each other in the 2017 edition.
This year’s match saw Thisara Perera hammer an unbeaten 74 from 26 balls on his first appearance to lift the Victorians to 184/5. In reply, Mushfiqur Rahim scored 75 from 41 balls, after Mohammad Shahzad had set the tone with 46 from 27 balls at the top of the order, leaving Robbie Frylinck to hit the match-winning six with two balls to spare – the Vikings winning by four wickets.
Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians Prediction
Comilla Victorians are in resurgent form, while Chittagong Vikings’ charge up the table has halted of late. The Victorians can move ahead of the Vikings with a win.