BPL 2018-19 Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers 40th Match Prediction. Chittagong Vikings and Sylhet Sixers play their final league game of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League, with the Vikings looking to secure a top-two finish and take some momentum into the play-offs. The match, at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, is scheduled for February 1 and the live action begins at 19:00 local time.
- Chittagong Vikings arrested a run of three straight defeats to beat Dhaka Dynamites last time out and qualify for the play-offs.
- Sylhet Sixers are sixth in the points table but can not now qualify for the top-four after losing to Rajshahi Kings in their most recent game.
- One of Sylhet’s four wins this season was against Chittagong Vikings, however – David Warner and Nicolas Pooran both hit half-centuries and Taskin Ahmed claimed 4-28 in a five-run Sixers win.
Our Pick: Chittagong Vikings
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Chittagong Vikings laid to rest any doubt about their qualification for the BPL playoffs with a win in their previous match. It was an important result that broke the losing streak they seemed to be on and will allow them to press for a top-2 finish from here on in. Their opponents for this match are the Sylhet Sixers who put up an impressive performance but went down to the Rajshahi Kings.
The Sylhet Sixers are out of the running for a BPL playoff spot but they will certainly want to end with a win to their name. Their recent upsurge in form has also left them with the faintest chance of finishing fifth in the final tally.
CHV vs SYL, BPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Geo TV, Gazi TV, Maasranga Television, SportsMax, FreeSports
Live streaming: Rabbitholebd Sports
Chittagong Vikings have had a run of good luck with the toss, electing to bat first in their last two games. The Sixers did likewise in their most recent match, and may look to do the same against the Vikings.
Chittagong Vikings Team News & Playing 11
CHV Team News
Robbie Frylinck, the star man as Chittagong Vikings charged up the table, suffered an injury against Rangpur Riders and has not played since. The Vikings made just once change to the starting XI last time out, as Nazmul Hossain Milon replaced Shadman Islam – meaning Cameron Delport returned, successfully, to the top of the batting order.
CHV Key Players
Mushfiqur Rahim’s 24-ball 43 in the win against Dhaka Dynamites moved him third in the run-scoring charts for BPL 2019 – he has hit 370 runs in 11 innings, including three half-centuries.
He was out-scored last time by Cameron Delport, who hit 71 to move to 204 runs and show signs his best form is returning. He has also picked up seven wickets. Delport opens the batting with Mohammad Shahzad, who has 270 runs so far despite not yet passing 50 in any of his 11 innings.Yasir Ali, who hit 78 against Rangpur Riders and 58 against Rajshahi Kings in back-to-back innings, has scored 272 runs but from just nine innings.
With Robbie Frylinck absent, having starred with bat and ball, the bowling attack has been led by Abu Jayed, who took 3-25 last time out and now has 18 wickets in the tournament, and Khaled Ahmed, who has 14 from 11 matches.
CHV Team Form
Chittagong ended a three-match losing streak last time out, having previously won five in a row before their form dipped in Chittagong.
Mushfiqur Rahim had originally put them top of the league when he scored an unbeaten 64 from 46 balls in a five-wicket win against Rajshahi Kings. The form did not last, however, as they conceded 239 against Rangpur Riders next up and Yasir Ali’s 48-ball 78 was only enough to help the Vikings to 167/8.
They got closer when asked to chase Rajshahi Kings’ 198/5, as Ali hit another quick-fire half-century, but they could only reach 191/8.
The next game was much lower-scoring, as the Vikings were restricted to 116/8 against Comilla Victorians and lost by seven wickets in just 16.4 overs, but they got back to winning ways against Dhaka Dynamites. Cameron Delport top-scored with 71 from 57 balls and the Dynamites – with Abu Jayed claiming 3-25 – could only reach 163/9.
Chittagong Vikings Predicted Playing 11
- Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Sikandar Raza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Dasun Shanaka, Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Milon, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Sylhet Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYL Team News
Sylhet Sixers were unchanged again last time out but failed to defend 189/5 against Rajshahi Kings. It was the third consecutive game they had stuck with the same line-up and their first loss. If there are to be changes, they are likely to be in the bowling attack.
SYL Key Players
Nicolas Pooran hammered his highest score of the season so far last time out, smashing six fours and six sixes in his unbeaten 76 from 31 balls. That was his third half-century of the tournament and moved him second in the run-scoring charts with 379 runs.
Sabbir Rahman and Afif Hossain have both contributed useful runs, meanwhile. Rahman’s 45 last time out followed 44 not out against the Khulna Titans and he has 244 runs from 11 innings, while Hossain has 247.
Jason Roy will hope to show more of the form he showed after flying in to replace David Warner – scoring 42 from 28 balls in his first game. He was also in good form in his prior engagements – the T10 League and England’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Sylhet Sixers boast the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far, meanwhile. Taskin Ahmed took one of his two four-wicket hauls when the Sixers beat the Vikings earlier in the tournament and he has 21 from 11 matches in total so far.
Sohail Tanvir, meanwhile, took 2-27 last time out to move to six wickets in his last three games and nine in total this season. Alok Kapali has 13 in 11 games.
SYL Team Form
After three consecutive defeats, Sylhet Sixers recovered with back-to-back wins but their hopes of reaching the play-offs are now over after losing to Rajshahi Kings last time out.
The turnaround in form started in the previous game against the Kings – Jason Roy scoring 42 from 28 balls before three wickets apiece for Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Nawaz helped the Sixers rip through the Rajshahi line-up to bowl them out for 104 and seal a 76-run win.They then followed that up against Khulna Titans – Afif Hossain, Sabbir Rahman and Nawaz all scoring useful runs in a total of 195/4. Nabil Samad then claimed 3-20 as the Titans were dismissed for just 137.
Nicolas Pooran lifted the Kings to 189/5 against Rajshahi last time out, scoring six fours and six sixes in his unbeaten 76, but the Kings stormed home with two overs to spare to claim a five-wicket win.
Sylhet Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- Liton Das, Jason Roy, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Nicolas Pooran, Alok Kapali, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Taskin Ahmed, Nabil Samad
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CHV : W L L L W
SYL : L W W L L
CHV vs SYL Head to Head
Sylhet Sixers have won their last two games against Chittagong Vikings, having lost the first meeting between the two in 2017. Chittagong posted 211/5 in that first game – 40 runs too many for the Sixers – but Sylhet got revenge by bowling the Vikings out for 67 on their way to a ten-wicket win in the second game.
This season, half-centuries from David Warner (59) and Nicolas Pooran (52*) lifted the Sixers to 168/5 and Robbie Frylinck’s late hitting was not quite enough. He scored 44 not out, having earlier claimed 3-26 with the ball, but Taskin Ahmed’s 4-28 made the difference for the Sixers as Chittagong finished just short on 163/7.
Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers Prediction
Chittagong Vikings arrested their slide last time out and, with a win behind them, can make it two from two to charge through to the play-offs with some momentum behind them.