After Rajshahi Kings were comprehensively defeated by Dhaka Dynamites, they bounced back to win against Khulna Titans. On the other hand, Comilla Victorians started their campaign with a win over Sylhet Sixers but lost to Rangpur Riders.
The batting lineup of the Victorians fell like a pack of cards as they were dismissed for 63 with almost four overs to spare against Sixers. This came as a surprise as the team has T20 stars like Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes, Steve Smith and Shahid Afridi.
If there has been anyone who has been able to leave a mark in these two games, it has been Shahid Afridi who has scored a 25-ball 39 and a 18-ball 25.
With the ball, Mohammad Saifuddin would be the lead bowler having bagged 16 wickets from 14 matches in the last season. He would be assisted by spinners Shahid Afridi, Liam Dawson and Mahedi Hasan.
Fazle Mahmud and Isuru Udana replaced Christiaan Jonker and Alauddin Babu in the last game for Rajshahi Kings. Udana proved his worth right away by returning with figures of 3-15 which also included a maiden. Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmad and Mustafizur Rahman are the other leading bowlers.
Mehedi Hasan scored a 45-ball 51 in a successful low-scoring chase in the last game. Mohammad Hafeez, Mominul Haque, Laurie Evans and Soumya Sarkar form their top four.
Comilla Victorians- Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes, Steve Smith, Liam Dawson, Amanul Haque, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Shahid, Abu Hider
Rajshahi Kings- Mohammad Hafeez, Mominul Haque, Laurie Evans, Soumya Sarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Zakir Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Isuru Udana, Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmad, Mustafizur Rahman
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Comilla Victorians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Laurie Evans (Rajshahi Kings), Tamim Iqbal (Comilla Victorians)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mustafizur Rahman
(Rajshahi Kings), Shahid Afridi (Comilla Victorians)
Most Sixes – Laurie Evans (Rajshahi Kings), Tamim Iqbal (Comilla Victorians)
Team Scores Batting First – Rajshahi Kings 135+, Comilla Victorians 145+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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