BPL 2018-19 Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians 33rd Match Prediction. Bottom-of-the-league Khulna Titans play-off chasing Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. The match is scheduled for January 28 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
- This is Comilla Victorians’ first game in Chittagong this season – they have not played since recording their fifth win in eight matches when they beat Dhaka Dynamites.
- Khulna Titans sit bottom of the points table having won just twice – they failed to back up the most recent of those wins when they were bowled out for 137 in a 58-run defeat to Sylhet Sixers last tome out.
- Comilla Victorians won the previous meeting between these two teams – Tamim Iqbal top scoring with 73 as they reached 186/7 to win by three wickets with two balls to spare.
Our Pick: Comilla Victorians
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Khulna Titans are dead last on the BPL league table and have no chance of making it to the playoffs. The side has only managed to win two out of the ten games it has played this season and has been as terrible as the stats suggest.
They will be taking on the Comilla Victorians in this match. Unlike the Khulna Titans, the Comilla Victorians have an excellent chance of making it to the playoffs. They have won five out of the eight matches they have played so far and could go right to the top of the table with a win in this match.
With four teams locked with each other on ten points, including the Comilla Victorians, no team would want to lose form at this point in time.
Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Geo TV, Gazi TV, Maasranga Television, SportsMax, FreeSports
Live streaming: Rabbitholebd Sports
Every game so far in Chittagong has been won by the team batting first – the toss could be key.
Khulna Titans Team News & Playing 11
Khulna Team News
Khulna Titans, having shown some big improvement, selected an unchanged team for the third consecutive game last time out. There are likely to be changes this time, however. Subashis Roy was expensive once again and his place be under threat, while Ariful Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto have lacked consistent runs. Lasith Malinga could return in one of the four overseas slots, meanwhile.
Khulna Key Players
Brendan Taylor has played four times in this year’s BPL and scored 28, 32, 48 and 34 in his four innings so far – he has top-scored in their last two matches at the top of the order.
Junaid Siddique has also made a number of useful contributions – including 70 when these teams last met – and he has 269 runs from his ten innings so far.
South African David Wiese has contributed with bat and ball, meanwhile. He has scored 151 runs in his seven innings so far and taken six wickets.
The star bowler has been Taijul Islam, however. He took 3-30 last time out to follow his 3-32 in the previous game. He now has 12 wickets in the tournament. Team-mate Junaid Khan is hot on his heels, however. He was expensive last time out, but his wicket took him to 11 in six games.
Khulna Team Form
Khulna Titans have won just two of their ten games so far this season. They lost four in a row to start the tournament and three more after their first win in a miserable start. Low scores were the original issue, though they defended 128/9 as Taijul Islam (3-10) and Junaid Khan (3-26) helped bowl Rajshahi Kings out for 103.
Then, when batting improved, they could not make it count. Last time they faced Comilla Victorians, Junaid Siddique scored 70 from 41 balls in a total of 181/7 and Junaid Khan took 4-32 in the second innings but they still lost by three wickets in the final over.
They then conceded 214/4 against Chittagong Vikings – losing by 26 runs – and failed to defend 181/6 against Rangpur Riders, suffering another last-over defeat.
The win against Sylhet Sixers lifted some gloom – Brendan Taylor top-scoring with 48 in a total of 170/9 before Taijul Islam claimed 3-32 as the Sixers reached only 149/7. The Sixers gained revenge last time out, however, despite three more wickets for Taijul Islam. They posted 195/4 and Khulna were all out for 137 in reply.
Khulna Titans Predicted Playing 11
- Al-Amin, Junaid Siddique, Brendan Taylor, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, David Wiese, Jahurul Islam, Lasith Malinga, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Junaid Khan
Comilla Victorians Team News & Playing 11
Comilla Team News
Comilla Victorians have been unchanged for the last four games now, having settled on a regular XI in the absence of Steve Smith (elbow) and Evin Lewis (hamstring). Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi, Liam Dawson and Wahab Riaz form their overseas quartet and with all four contributing it is hard to see where a fit-again Lewis would fit back in.
Comilla Key Players
Tamim Iqbal rediscovered his best batting form when these teams last met – scoring 73 from 42 balls. He has 192 runs from his eight innings so far, with the majority coming in his last three games – he has scored 73, 25 and 34 in those matches.
Thisara Perera’s arrival has been a huge boost, meanwhile. He scored an unbeaten 74 in his first game to continue the batting form he showed for Sri Lanka in New Zealand. Utiltised down the order, he hit a quick-fire 18 when these teams last met and a rapid 26 in the Victorians’ last game. He also took 3-14 with the ball in that game.
Shahid Afridi has made some useful all-round contributions too. Against Dhaka that was 16 from eight balls with the bat and 2-18 from four overs with the ball. He has taken ten wickets and scored 122 runs so far.
Mohammad Saifuddin has also taken ten wickets, while Wahab Riaz has taken six in four games – including 2-34 against the Titans when they last met.
Comilla Team Form
Comilla Victorians won both games they played in Sylhet and one of their two in the third phase of fixtures in Dhaka to start challenging for a play-off spot. In Sylhet, they bowled the Sylhet Sixers out for just 68 in their first game as Mahedi Hasan claimed 4-22, on their way to an eight-wicket win.
Tamim Iqbal then led the pursuit of Khulna Titans’ 181/7 with a 42-ball 73 as the Victorians went on to win by three wickets in the final over.
They suffered a setback next up – bowled out for just 138 in a 38-run defeat to Rajshahi Kings – but bounced back by beating then league leaders Dhaka Dynamites. Shamsur Rahman top-scored with 48 from 35 balls in a total of 153/8, before Thisara Perera starred with the ball – taking 3-14 as the Dynamites finished on 146/9.
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
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
KT : L W L L L
COM : W L W W L
KT vs COM Head to Head
Comilla Victorians’ win when the two teams met in Sylhet was their third in five games against Khulna Titans. Tamim Iqbal was the star of the show, scoring 73 from 42 balls as they replied to 181/7 by winning by three wickets with three balls to spare.
Last season they had won one game apiece – Comilla bowling Khulna Titans out for 111 in the first of those games, before the Titans hit back by posting 174/6 on their way to a 14-run win next up.
Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians Betting Odds
With Khulna Titans struggling at the bottom of the table, Comilla Victorians are a best price of 1.62 to win with Betfair. Bet365 are offering 1.61 and Betway 1.57. The Titans are 2.25 to win with Betfair and Betway.
Tamim Iqbal top scored in the last match between these two teams and he is 3.50 to be Comilla Victorians’ top batsman again.
In-form Shahid Afridi is 4.00 to be their top bowler, meanwhile, and Thisara Perera – who was the star against Dhaka Dynamites – is 6.00.
For the Titans, Brendan Taylor has found some form since coming into the starting XI. He is 4.00 to be their top batsman for the third consecutive game.
Khulna Titans vs Comilla Victorians Prediction
Comilla Victorians can go level at the top with a win against Khulna Titans and, with the Titans having won just two of their ten games so far, the Victorians can do exactly that.