BPL 2018-19 Chittagong Vikings vs Khulna Titans 22nd Match Prediction. The Chittagong Vikings and the Khulna Titans are about to play each other in the Bangladesh Premier League. This will be the second time these two meet and fans will be hoping for another exciting encounter. The first match between the Chittagong Vikings and the Khulna Titans ended up being tied before being decided in the Super Over.
Chittagong Vikings To Win the Match, 1.67
- Chittagong Vikings have won three out of their four matches this season
- Khulna Titans have won just one of their six matches in the BPL this year
- Chittagong Vikings have a better batting lineup although the Khulna Titans bowling is much better on paper
- Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2019
- Date: Jan 19, 2019
- Format: T20
- Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh
- Time: 12:30
- Weather: Sunny, 54% Humidity, 21.6℃
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ABOUT THE MATCH
The Chittagong Vikings have been in excellent form in the BPL. They have won three out of the four matches they have played and are in third place on the BPL League table. The Vikings have played two games less than all other teams so they have an excellent chance of moving up the table in the coming week.
The Khulna Titans are on the other end of the spectrum. They have lost five out of the six games played this season and are struggling to get any sort of rhythm to their campaign.
The Chittagong Vikings owe their success in the tournament to some excellent performances from their batsmen. Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, and Mushfiqur Rahim have been in very good form at the top of the order while Robbie Frlylinck has been brilliant with both bat and ball.
The core of the side that the Chittagong Vikings have put together is playing at its best and this is why they are in such a good position right now.
It will be interesting to see how the Vikings play at Sylhet. The scores of the recent matches have been pretty high and it appears like the square has flattened out to be a nice batting deck. That should suit the Chittagong Vikings who have plenty of batsmen in good form.
Mohammad Shahzad is very aggressive at the top of the order but his consistency is quite good as well. He seems to be on the brink of a really big score and backing him for the highest scorer for the Chittagong Vikings may not be such a bad idea.
The bulk of the runs will have to come from Delport and Rahim, though, and they are not bad options either for the highest run scorer bet.
Robbie Frylinck has been excellent with the ball and been ready to take the responsibility with the bat in the end overs as well. He leads a decent bowling attack which also has Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, and Mosaddek Hossain.
The Chittagong Vikings have had a pretty long break between matches and so their players should be well rested for this match.
The Khulna Titans are going to be playing this match just a few hours after finishing their game against the Comilla Victorians. The Khulna Titans put in one of their best batting performances of the BPL but still ended up on the losing side. The BPL has been a story of near misses for the Khulna Titans who have not played as badly as the score suggests.
Junaid Siddique played a brilliant hand of 70 from 41 balls and was helped by some quick cameos down the line to lead the Khulna Titans to 181. This should have been a winning total but the bowlers were unable to keep the Comilla Victorians quiet and ended up losing the match.
The Khulna Titans can take some solace from the fact that their batting order seems to be working for them now. Siddique will get another chance to show his inning was not just an aberration but that he can produce magic like that consistently.
Mahmudullah also seemed to be in good touch scoring 16 off just nine deliveries with two big hits over the boundary before getting out. He is the heart of the Khulna Titans batting order and needs to play more deliveries in each match.
Mahmudullah has the temperament to be able to score the big runs but that is something he has not been able to do in the BPL this season. Dawid Malan is not a player that would seem comfortable in the lower order, particularly while playing in Bangladesh, but he adapted quite well in the previous match.
Malan and Braithwaite were able to add a lot of urgency to the Khulna Titans inning. We expect the same batting lineup to be played in the next match as well.
The Khulna Titans had world class players like Lasith Malinga and Junaid Khan in their lineup to help defend the score. Malinga bowled his four overs for 22 runs and picked up a wicket while Junaid Khan picked up four wickets for 32 runs in his four overs.
Unfortunately for the Khulna Titans, Carlos Braithwaite went for 50 runs in his 3.4 overs and ended up shifting the balance of the game towards the opposition. The bowlers will have a tough time in this heat but the same lineup will get another go if there are no injury concerns.
The side winning the toss is likely to want to bat first
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The Bangladesh Premier League match between the Chittagong Vikings and the Khulna Titans will be played at the Sylhet International Stadium, Sylhet. The weather forecast for Sylhet on match day is excellent for cricket and we should have a full game in without any interruptions.
A spate of low scoring matches on the first day in Sylhet raised concerns about the nature of the pitch but the surface seems to have settled down since then. Hopefully, another high scoring match is in store.
The Chittagong Vikings have only beaten the Khulna Titans once in their last five completed matches but come into this contest in excellent form. We think They have the personell and depth to be able to win this match again.
Back the Chittagong Vikings to win.