BPL 2018-19 Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Sixers 3rd Match Prediction. The third match of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League sees David Warner’s Sylhet Sixers face Steve Smith’s Comilla Victorians at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The match is scheduled for January 6 and the live action begins at 12:30 local time.
- Comilla Victorians topped the points table in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League but failed to progress to the final after losing both of their play-off matches.
- Sylhet Sixers were fifth in the points table but have strengthened this year with the acquisition of David Warner – who leads the team as he continues to serve a ban from the Australian team for his role in the ball tampering scandal.
- The disgraced Australian will come up against his former, also banned, captain, Steve Smith – who will play for Comilla Victorians.
Our Pick: Comilla Victorians
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With this not being a day-night fixture, the team winning the toss will probably look to chase as the pitch and conditions should not alter too greatly between innings.
Comilla Victorians Team News & Playing 11
COM Team News
While the most eye-catching new signing for Comilla Victorians was disgraced former Australia captain Steve Smith, last year’s table-toppers have strengthened well across the board. Evin Lewis joins up after his good form for West Indies against Bangladesh, and he will open the batting with retained superstar Tamim Iqbal. Shahid Afridi has also moved to Comilla after impressing in last year’s tournament. Thisara Perera is among their overseas options, but he will not join the squad until after Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand concludes.
COM Key Players
If both men fire, Comilla Victorians could boast the most explosive opening partnership in the tournament. Tamim Iqbal is one half of that, and scored 332 runs in ten innings for Comilla Victorians in last year’s tournament. He hit two ODI half-centuries against West Indies for Bangladesh last month and another in the warm-up game that preceded that series.
He will partner Evin Lewis, who – after a poor run of form with the bat – was back to his best in his most recent game at Dhaka. Lewis, opening the batting for the West Indies, scored six fours and eight sixes as he hit 89 from 36 balls to lead West Indies to a series-clinching win.
Steve Smith will be further down the order, and showed flashes of his best form in August’s Caribbean Premier League – scoring one half-century and two 40s in seven matches.Shahid Afridi’s T20 reputation speaks for itself, meanwhile. He was also in good form in the recent T10 League, having impressed with bat and ball in the Afghanistan Premier League at various times.
Mohammad Saifuddin has been retained, meanwhile, having taken one wicket more than Afridi in last year’s BPL – 16 from Comilla’s 13 matches.
Comilla Victorians Predicted Playing 11
- Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes, Steve Smith, Amanul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Abu Hider
Sylhet Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYL Team News
Sylhet Sixers have signed David Warner for the upcoming BPL as he serves the final part of his ban at national level for his role in the ball tampering scandal in Australia. Warner’s acquisition helped seal the signature of Sandeep Lamichhane – who has left the Big Bash League to join the Sixers – while other eye-catching signings include Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Andre Fletcher, Gulbadin Naib and Pat Brown.
SYL Key Players
David Warner leads Sylhet Sixers and will want to prove his firm as his ban for his part in the ball tampering scandal comes to an end. Warner scored 42 in each of his final two innings in the Caribbean Premier League, but that was his last major outing.
Beyond Warner, the Sixers boast the likes of Nicolas Pooran, who was in outstanding form during the T10 League to show explosive a batsman he could become. He scored 324 runs to top the batting charts and his performances earned him a place in the West Indies squad for their T20 series win against Bangladesh.
Countryman Andre Fletcher was another to excel in the T10 League, with some superb innings, including two unbeaten 68s. Fletcher finished on 304 runs from his eight innings.
Liton Das will likely open the batting with Warner, meanwhile. He scored 60 and 43 in the two T20 matches for Bangladesh against West Indies at Dhaka and looks in fine touch.With the ball, Sandeep Lamichhane is the stand-out signing – he has taken wickets wherever he has gone with his mystery leg spin. His most recent outing was the Big Bash League, where the Nepalese teenager played four games and claimed eight wickets for Melbourne Stars.
Sylhet Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- David Warner, Liton Das, Andre Fletcher, Nasir Hossain, Nicolas Pooran, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Sandeep Lamichhane, Imran Tahir, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
COM : L L W L W
SYL : L W L L L
COM vs SYL Head to Head
Last season marked the first two matches between Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sixers and each team won one. That included the final game of the league stage, when Liton Das – then playing for the Victorians – scored 65 from 43 balls in a total of 170/4, and the Sixers fell well short on 145/7. The Sixers had previously beaten the Victorians after chasing 146 to win in Sylhet, with one ball to spare.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Sixers Betting Odds
Comilla Victorians are 1.80 to beat Sylhet Sixers with Bet365 and Betfair, while the Sixers are 2.00 to win.
Given the potential of Comilla’s opening partnership – back-in-form Evin Lewis and Bangladeshi legend Tamim Iqbal – they could also post the highest opening partnership. They are 1.90 to do so with Bet365, but Betfair are offering just 1.73 – showing how much they back the duo.
Sylhet Sixers will be hoping Sandeep Lamichhane can continue his good bowling for from the Big Bash League, meanwhile – he is 3.90 to be the Sixers’ top bowler.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Sixers Prediction
Comilla Victorians have strengthened well since topping the league last season – on paper, at least. If their explosive opening batsmen can both fire, they can lay the platform for a win.