BPL 2018-19 Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings 23rd Match Prediction. Comilla Victorians will look to keep the pressure on league leaders Dhaka Dynamites, when the third phase of fixtures in the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League sees them take on Rajshahi Kings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled for January 21 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
- Comilla Victorians got their campaign back on track in Sylhet, winning both matches despite losing captain Steve Smith to injury.
- Rajshahi Kings beat Dhaka Dynamites last time out – the only team to win against the league leaders so far – but have a mixed record of three wins and three losses so far.
- One of those defeats came against Comilla Victorians in Dhaka, when Shahid Afridi took 3-10 to help restrict the Kings to 124 all out, before hitting the match-winning six in a five-wicket victory.
Our Pick: Comilla Victorians
ABOUT THE MATCH
The mid-table battle is getting more and more intense with every passing match. A close win for Rangpur Riders on the final day of the second leg of the tournament has not only extended their stay in the tournament but has also made the things interesting as far as qualification scenarios are concerned. The third leg of the tournament begins on 21st of this month at Dhaka with Comilla Victorians taking on Rajshahi Kings. With a win in their last encounter, Comilla Victorians strengthened their position at the third spot in the points table and they’ll take on Rajshahi Kings in their next assignment. Rajshahi Kings are at the fifth spot in the points table and will be looking to get on the top of the mid-table hotch-potch with the win against Victorians.
Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Geo TV, Gazi TV, Maasranga Television, SportsMax, FreeSports
Live streaming: Rabbitholebd Sports
Comilla Victorians tend to field first when they have won the toss – including their win against Rajshahi Kings when the teams last met.
Comilla Victorians Team News & Playing 11
Comilla Team News
With Steve Smith missing the rest of the tournament after elbow injury and Evin Lewis suffering a hamstring injury, Comilla Victorians have been unchanged for their last two matches – winning both of them. Their balanced line-up includes the overseas quartet of Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi, Liam Dawson and Wahab Riaz.
Comilla Key Players
Tamim Iqbal rediscovered his best form when the Comilla Victorians beat Khulna Titans last time out, scoring 73 from 42 balls at the top of the order, including a 115-run opening partnership with Anamul Haque (40).
The powerful Bangladeshi opener had previously struggled for consistency, but now has 133 runs for the tournament – the most of any of the Comilla Victorians.
Thisara Perera’s arrival after Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand has also bolstered the batting line-up – he scored an unbeaten 74 in his first game, and followed that up with a quick-fire unbeaten 18 last time out. He was previously far and away Sri Lanka’s star batsman in New Zealand, despite the tourists’ poor results.
Comilla Victorians’ bowling unit has been key to their success, meanwhile – Shahid Afridi took three more wickets last time out to move to eight for the tournament so far. He also took 3-10 and hit the match-winning six the last time these teams met, as well as scoring an unbeaten 39 in the win against Sylhet Sixers.
Mohammad Saifuddin has nine wickets, meanwhile, after finishing with 1-29 last time out, while Wahab Riaz has arrived in good form, taking five wickets in his first two games. Mahedi Hasan went wicketless last time out, but had previously spun his way to 4-22 to down Sylhet Sixers.
Comilla Team Form
While inconsistent so far, Comilla Victorians – who won two and lost two of their first four games – won both matches in Sylhet to get their campaign back on track. After losing the final game of the first phase of fixtures to Chittagong Vikings, despite Thisara Perera marking his first appearance with an unbeaten 74 from 26 balls in a total of 184/5 (the Vikings won by four wickets with two balls to spare), they bounced back well.
In their first game in Sylhet, they bowled Sylhet Sixers out for just 68 – Mahedi Hasan leading the way with 4-22 from four overs. The Victorians won by eight wickets in just 11.1 overs.
The next game was much higher scoring, as Shahid Afridi took 3-35 but Khulna Titans posted 181/7 from their 20 overs. In reply, Tamim Iqbal’s 42-ball 73 and opening partnership of 115 with Amanul Haque set the tone, and the Victorians sealed a three-wicket win in the final over.
Comilla Victorians Predicted Playing 11
- Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Thisara Perera, Liam Dawson, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Ziaur Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Wahab Riaz
Rajshahi Kings Team News & Playing 11
Rajshahi Team News
Rajshahi Kings rang the changes in their two games in Sylhet. Ryan ten Doeschate has established himself in the middle order, while Shahriar Nafees and Marshall Ayub replaced Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar last time out. Seekkuge Prasanna was in for out-of-form Laurie Evans, meanwhile, and Christiaan Jonker has also returned for the last two games.
Having struck upon a winning formula for their most recent game, against Dhaka Dynamites, they will be reluctant to make too many changes, though Isuru Udana is now away with the Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad, facing Ireland. Mohammad Sami and Qais Ahmad are the options to replace him.
Rajshahi Key Players
Captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz has taken four wickets in his last two games, having started the tournament with a half-century with the bat in the win against Khulna Titans.
While he struggled with the bat last time out, however, others stepped up – Marshall Ayub scoring 45 from 31 balls on his first appearance of this year’s competition. They will hope Ryan ten Doeschate – the Dutch all-rounder who was most recently in top form in the T10 League, can start showing his best batting too now.
With the ball, the form has been better – Arafat Sunny was their star man last time out, taking 3-8 in the win against Dhaka Dynamites to move to eight wickets so far, including five in his last two games. Mustafizur Rahman has taken four in the last two matches, meanwhile, including 2-18 last time out. He now has six for the tournament, passing 100 career wickets in T20 cricket in the process.
Rajshahi Team Form
Rajshahi Kings have struggled with low scores so far, dismissed for 106 in their first match and 124 in their second, though they chased 118 to beat Khulna Titans by seven wickets in between and signed off in Dhaka by defending 135/8 in a five-run win against Rangpur Riders.
In the second phase, they started by being bowled out for just 103, having restricted Khulna Titans to just 128/9, but bounced back well next time out.
Marshall Ayub scored 45 from 31 balls on his first appearance, as the Kings posted 136/6 against Dhaka Dynamites before Arafat Sunny led the way with the ball – he took 3-8 from four overs as the Dynamites finished on 116/9.
Rajshahi Kings Predicted Playing 11
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shahriar Nafees, Marshall Ayub, Ryan ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan, Christiaan Jonker, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Sami, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Arafat Sunny
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
COM : W W L W L
RK : W L L W L
COM vs RK Head to Head
Comilla Victorians have won four of their five previous matches against Rajshahi Kings, including their win when the teams last met in Dhaka. Rajshahi had actually claimed their first win in this fixture in the previous meeting, in 2017, when Mohammad Sami took 4-9 from four overs to dismiss the Victorians for 155 in reply to 185/7.
Last time out, however, Shahid Afridi took 3-10 from his four overs as the Kings were bowled out for 124 and Comilla chased it to win by five wickets – Afridi hitting the match-winning six with eight balls to spare.
Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings Betting Odds
Comilla Victorians come into this game in resurgent form and are favourites to win. Betfair are offering a best price of 1.73 on the Victorians, while Bet365 have set them at 1.61 to win and Betway at 1.57. Rajshahi are as high as 2.30 with Bet365.
Tamim Iqbal reclaimed his best form for the Victorians last time and he is 4.00 to top score for them again this time with Betfair. Thisara Perera is in electrifying form too but due to his lower batting position, he is 9.50 to finish as the Victorians’ top batsman.
Marshall Ayub top-scored for Rajshahi Kings on his first appearance last time out, meanwhile, and he is 4.20 to repeat the feat.
Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings Prediction
Comilla Victorians got back on track with two wins in Sylhet and they can continue that form by beating Rajshahi Kings again.