Batting first, Rajshahi Kings, on the back of knocks from Laurie Evans (104) and a half-century from all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, posted 176-3 on the board. Liam Dawson, who was the pick of the bowlers for Comilla Victorians, was very economical and gave away only 20 runs apart from picking four wickets. Other bowlers, especially Wahab Riaz, went for plenty.
In reply, though the Victorians got off to a decent start with both openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque scoring 20s, they did not get much support from the middle order other than from a couple of players. Shahid Afridi and captain Imrul Kayes got starts but could not convert it into anything substantial.
Dhaka Dynamites, on the other hand, have been on an absolute roll in the tournament till now. They are coming off a six-wicket win against Sylhet Sixers. Batting first, the team posted a total of 160-4, courtesy of all-round performances from Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell. Shakib scored an unbeaten 61 while Russell powered his way to 40 at a strike rate of around 200.
Shakib then came back to pick up two wickets while Andrew Birch chipped in with three as the team restricted the Sixers to 158. Dhaka Dynamites have momentum on their side and there is no need for them to tinker with their winning combination.
Comilla Victorians - Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Liam Dawson, Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi, Ziaur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan
Dhaka Dynamites - Sunil Narine, Darwish Rasooli, Rony Talukdar, Mizanur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Andre Russell, Nurul Hasan, Andrew Birch, Rubel Hossain, Aliss Islam
Who will win? – Dhaka Dynamites
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tamim Iqbal (Dhaka Dynamites), Shakib Al Hasan (Comilla Victorians)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Andrew Birch
(Dhaka Dynamites), Shahid Afridi (Comilla Victorians)
Most Sixes – Tamim Iqbal (Dhaka Dynamites), Andre Russell (Comilla Victorians)
Team Scores Batting First – Dhaka Dynamites 160+, 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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