About the Match
Reigning champions Victorians will face sixth place finishers from last season Chittagong Vikings in the opening match of Bangladesh Premier League at Dhaka on 8th November. With rain playing havoc on the tournament openers over the weekend, all teams have agreed to rematches and the points table has been wiped clean. The upcoming match between Comilla Victorians and Vikings will be treated as the series opener and both teams will try to start out positively on Tuesday with a win. It needs to be seen which team can cleverly use its resource pool to dominate on the field and keep their nerves together to emerge as a winner.
This team of skillful all-rounders had won the title last season and this time too they will be the team to look out for; Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the side consisting of overseas batsmen like Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Latif, Marlon Samuels and Rovman Powell. The batting line-up also has local talent like Al-Amin, who did very well in the Dhaka Premier League last season scoring plenty of half-centuries; Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Shahzaib Hasan and all-rounders like Imad Wasim, Jason Holder and Ashar Zaidi will add depth to the squad.
In the bowling department, Mortaza will use the spin skills of Rashid Khan, the legspinner from Afghanistan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nabil Samad, Ashar Zaidi and Imad Wasim, who has struck many a blows against opponents for his home country Pakistan in recent outings.
Sohail Tanvir will bring his pace skills to the table; along with others like Holder, Sri Lankan speedster Nuwan Kulasekara, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Sharif and Mortaza himself, the Victorians are well placed to outwit Vikings in the opening game.
This power-packed batting unit has experts like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who can thwart the opposition’s bowling attack and get the big runs when needed. Along with players like Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, and Grant Elliott, the Vikings are heavily armed with batting strength that can help build a solid foundation whether setting a target or chasing one.
The bowling unit has fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed, Tymal Mills from England and Imran Khan while the spin department will feature the experienced Abdur Razzak, Jeevan Mendis, Saqlain Sajib, Yasir Ali and the result-oriented Mohammad Nabi, who has the skills to demolish opponents with ease. Other all-rounders like Grant Elliott, Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik and Chaturanga de Silva bring variety to the attack and can help in strategizing against the Victorians.
Overall, they have a strong batting and bowling squad with several match-winners; they can definitely prove to be a tough challenge this season.
Victorians surely enjoy the status of being ruling champions and will fight hard to defend the title right from the word go; however, we feel that Vikings with their batting power are better placed to take on the might of Victorian bowlers and drive home a win on Tuesday