Table-toppers Fortune Barishal would be taking on the Comilla Victorians in the 1st Qualifier of the Bangladesh Premier League 2022. Fortune Barishal came here after a confident win against Minister Group Dhaka in their last league game. The Comilla Victorians on the other hand suffered a loss against Khulna Tigers in their last game.
Fortune Barishal and Victorians won a game each in the two league games the side played. Both sides have powerful hitters of the ball in the side, and this is likely to make the game more interesting. Victorians have to make a comeback with the ball, and it remains to be seen if they are up to the challenge.
FORTUNE BARISHAL PREVIEW
Shakib Al Hasan’s side did well in the league stage to finish at the top of the points table. They have won the last six games in a row and come here with an 8-wicket victory over the Minister Group Dhaka. Comilla Victorians would be a tougher side to beat, and Hasan shall look to lead from the front and do well in this game.
Chris Gayle and Munim Shahriar have done well opening the batting and the side would expect to see a strong start from them here. Najmul Hossain, Shanto, Shakib, and Nurul Hasan add strength to the middle order with their experience. The side would also like to see good hits down the order from Towhid Hridoy, Dwayne Bravo, and Ziaur Rahman in this game.
Mujeeb ur Rahman has been in excellent form and he would look to pick early wickets in the game with Shafiqul Islam. Shakib and Bravo are experienced bowlers, and the side would expect tight spells from them in the middle overs. They have good options in their attack with Shanto, Mahedi Hasan Rana, and Ziaur Rahman on the side.
COMILLA VICTORIANS PREVIEW
Imrul Kayes is likely to return to the side for this big game and they would have to make a big comeback here. Their bowling attack was blown to pieces in the last game as they went down by 9 wickets against Khulna Tigers. It would be a tough challenge against Fortune Barishal and Kayes would want his players to be equally up to the task.
The side would need a good start from Liton Das and Mahmudul Hasan Joy in this game as Barishal has one of the best bowling attacks. Faf du Plessis would be confident after his hundred in the last game and he would aim to add runs with Kayes and Moeen Ali. Sunil Narine and Mahidul Islam Aknon have hitting abilities down the order.
Their bowling attack fared poorly in the last game, but the side would be back in full strength for this game. They would need early strikes from Mustafizur Rahman and Nahidul Islam. Moeen Ali and Narine bring lots of experience to the table and they will look to do well here. Tanvir Islam and Abu Hider Roy must do well in the supporting act for the side to win here.
FORTUNE BARISHAL VS COMILLA VICTORIANS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Fortune Barishal vs Comilla Victorians, Qualifier 1 BPL 2022.
Date & Time: 14 February 2022; 05:00 PM IST.
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
The pitch in Dhaka has been an excellent one for batting recently. Bowlers will need to be disciplined with their lines and lengths. Winning the toss and batting first should be the preferred option for the team winning the toss.
It should be sunny with no chance of rain on matchday. The temperature should mostly be around the 26-degree Celsius mark with the humidity in the 30s.
In both their previous two meetings, the chasing team found it tough to get over the line. The trend could continue in this game. It shouldn’t be a surprise if the team batting first wins.