Both teams had a winning streak as well as a losing streak and tasted success at the top of the table. However, they also had to do some chopping and changing to ensure that they got back to winning ways.
Dhaka Dynamites beat Rangpur Riders in Qualifier 2. Rubel Hossain was the star bowler who conceded only 23 runs from his 3.4 overs and picked up four valuable wickets. Andre Russell and Qazi Onik also chipped in with two each as the team was successful in restricting Rangpur Riders to 142 runs.
In reply, on the back of sensible innings from Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan and an explosive knock from Andre Russell, the team was successful in chasing the target with more than three overs to spare. They had earlier beaten Chittagong Vikings by 6 wickets in the Eliminator to move to Qualifier 2.
Comilla Victorians steamrolled Rangpur Riders by 8 wickets in Qualifier 1. Most of their bowlers have been contributing in recent matches. The likes of Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz Mahedi Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin have all taken wickets on some days and have been economical on others. Their batting would rely on opener Tamim Iqbal and Evin Lewis. Lewis recently scored 71 against Rangpur Riders.
We backed Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians to reach the Final before the BPL 2019 began and Dhaka to come out winners - who knows - we think, just maybe, Comilla Victorians will win it now.
Comilla Victorians - Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes(c), Anamul Haque(w), Shamsur Rahman, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Saifuddin, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan, Sanjit Saha
Dhaka Dynamites - Upul Tharanga, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahmudul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Rubel Hossain, Qazi Onik
Who will win? – Comilla Victorians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Andre Russell (Dhaka Dynamites), Tamim Iqbal (Comilla Victorians)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rubel Hossain (Dhaka Dynamites), Shahid Afridi (Comilla Victorians)
Most Sixes – Andre Russell (Dhaka Dynamites), Tamim Iqbal (Comilla Victorians)
Team Scores Batting First – Dhaka Dynamites 150+, Comilla Victorians 165+
*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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