BPL 2018-19 Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders 41st Match Prediction. The two most in-form teams in the Bangladesh Premier League conclude their league fixtures against each other, as Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders meet at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka. The match is scheduled for February 2 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
- Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders have both charged into the play-offs with some outstanding late form and could both finish top depending on the result of this game.
- Defending champions Rangpur Riders’ batting has been key to their resurgent form, though Alex Hales has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
- Comilla were dismissed for just 63 in a nine-wicket defeat when the two teams last met – Mashrafe Mortaza claiming 4-11 – but they have only lost once since.
Our Pick: Rangpur Riders
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Rangpur Riders have been successful chasing in recent matches and could look to do so again against the Victorians.
Comilla Victorians Team News & Playing 11
COM Team News
Mosharraf Hossain replaced Abu Hider last time out, in the only change from the win against Chittagong Vikings. Comilla have kept changes to a minimum with that seemingly their one open spot – Hider having only replaced Mohammad Shahid ahead of the Vikings match.
COM Key Players
Comilla Victorians’ bowlers led them to victory against Dhaka Dynamites last time out, not least Mohammad Saifuddin who claimed 4-22 from his four overs, including one maiden, and bowled the final over.Saifuddin now has 17 wickets in the tournament so far, from 11 games. That is one more than team-mate Shahid Afridi, who took 1-27 and also bowled a maiden – his third of this year’s tournament – last time out.
Wahab Riaz’s 2-22 takes him to 12 wickets in seven appearances, meanwhile and Mahedi Hasan also has 12, from 11 games, after taking 1-22 against Dhaka.
With the bat, Tamim Iqbal’s fine form continued – even in the low score – against the Dynamites. He now has 309 runs from 11 innings, the majority of which have come in the latter half of this year’s tournament.
Evin Lewis’ century against Khulna Titans was a reminder of what he is capable of, meanwhile, even if he is battling a hamstring injury.
COM Team Form
Comilla Victorians have won their last four matches to charge up the points table, after their tense win against Dhaka Dynamites last time out.
Tamim Iqbal had top-scored with 38 from 20 balls in a total of just 127, but excellent bowling – led by Mohammad Shaifuddin’s 4-22 – earned a one-run win to keep their winning form going.
This run had started with victory against Dhaka Dynamites – on that occasion it was Thisara Perera’s 3-14 that led the bowling in a seven-run win. Evin Lewis’ unbeaten century, in a total of 237/5, and Wahab Riaz’s 3-14 then earned an 80-run win against Khulna Titans.
More economical bowling, including Shahid Afridi’s 2-10 from four overs, helped them restrict Chittagong Vikings to 116/8 in the next game, before Tamim’s unbeaten half-century earned a seven-wicket win, which they backed up with the victory against Dhaka last time out.
Comilla Victorians Predicted Playing 11
- Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Thisara Perera, Anamul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosharraf Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Wahab Riaz
Rangpur Riders Team News & Playing 11
RGR Team News
Alex Hales has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament which is a huge blow to the Rangur Riders given the Englishman’s fine form with the bat. They still have Chris Gayle, Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers in that in-form top order, however, and must decide now whether to add Ravi Bopara to it or Benny Howell. Shafiul Islam’s injury could mean Abul Hasan returns, or it may mean a first appearance for Sheldon Cottrell as an alternative to Bopara and Howell.
RGR Key Players
Rangpur boast some of the best batsman in the tournament, even with in-form Alex Hales now set to miss the final few games. Rilee Rossouw has hit five half-centuries and one unbeaten hundred so far, and sits top of the run-scoring charts with 514 runs in 11 innings.
AB de Villiers has also hit an unbeaten century on his way to 213 runs in just five innings, with a stunning strike rate of 170.40. This was the time of the tournament Chris Gayle came to life as he fired the Riders to victory in 2017, meanwhile. He has hit one half-century so far but is yet to show the explosive form he did in the play-offs last time out.
That batting has been backed by the bowlers too, with Mashrafe Mortaza and Farhad Reza both claiming 17 wickets each so far. Mortaza took 4-11 when the two teams last met and has an economy rate of 6.83. Reza, meanwhile, has taken 11 wickets in the last four games.
RGR Team Form
Rangpur Riders go into their final group game on the back of five straight wins. The three-game losing streak that preceded this run of form is now firmly in the past. AB de Villiers’ arrival for those five games has been one key factor, as he, Rilee Rossouw and Alex Hales helped the Riders chase 195 to beat Sylhet Sixers by four wickets to start their wining streak.
Chis Gayle (55), Hales (55) and De Villiers (41) then powered a chase of 182 to beat Khulna Titans by six wickets, before Hales and Rossouw smashed centuries in a total of 239/4 against Chittagong Vikings, who were restricted to 167/8 in reply.
De Villiers followed suit against Dhaka Dynamites, scoring an unbeaten 100 of his own from 50 balls, as the Riders successfully reached 189/2 to win by eight wickets with ten balls remaining.
It was a lower chase last time out, against Rajshahi Kings, but Rilee Rossouw hit 55 from 43 balls in a six-wicket win. The Kings had earlier posted 141/8 from their 20 overs.
Rangpur Riders Predicted Playing 11
- Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Nazmul Islam, Abul Hasan, Shahidul Islam
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
COM : W W W W L
RGR : W W W W W
COM vs RGR Head to Head
Despite being bowled out for just 63 when these two teams met earlier in this year’s tournament, Comilla do still edge the head-to-head record with five wins to the Riders’ four. As well as the Mashrafe Mortaza-inspired nine-wicket win earlier this season, Rangpur also beat Comilla in last year’s play-offs, however. Johnson Charles’ unbeaten century led them to victory on that occasion after they set 192/3 – the Victorians folding for 156 in reply.
Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders Betting Odds
Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders are both in fine form and both 1.90 to win this game with Bet365.
Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders Prediction
Both sides are in excellent form but Rangpur Riders’ fiercely strong batting line-up, backed by the bowling of Mashrafe Mortaza and Farhad Reza, means they can finish the league stage with another victory.