About the Match
There is plenty of excitement about this match as the Rangpur Riders bring together two of the most dangerous batsmen in T20 cricket history. They are also the two most successful batsmen in T20 history. Can the pair lift the Rangpur Riders up from their current last position on the league table? Their task starts against a tough opponent in the Comilla Victorians who have won three matches out of their four so far.
There has been quite a bit of a break for the Rangpur Riders in this tournament and they have played the least matches of any team. Whether this is fortuitous or by design, the end result is that they will be able to field their strongest team for the maximum number of matches.
The return of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum will mean a straight inclusion into the playing eleven. That means that Johnson Charles and Adam Lyth will find themselves on the sidelines. This swap will increase the batting depth of the Rangpur Riders greatly and makes them a formidable unit.
Chris Gayle may prefer the flat batting decks he gets in Australia or in India but that does not mean his record in the BPL is anything to be scoffed at. He holds the records for the most centuries in the tournament, the highest strike rate of any batsman that has played 10 innings, and the highest batting average of any batsman that has played 10 innings.
Backing up the duo up top will be Ravi Bopara in the middle order who has started the tournament quite positively and Thisara Perera to take care of the death overs. The local players like Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Nazmul Islam will do the bulk of the bowling around their spearhead, Lasith Malinga.
Mortaza has an exceptional economy rate at the moment while Malinga has been hitting his mark at the death too. The Rangpur Riders may not have gotten off to a great start in the tournament but we have a feeling they are about to make some heads turn quickly.
The revamped squad of the Comilla Victorians has started the tournament off in grand style. They spent a lot of money in the draft and it is showing in the strength of the players they have put together.
Tamim Iqbal has returned from injury and although did not perform too well in the first game, he was last year’s highest scorer of the BPL and continues to be a massive threat to the opposition. We are not entirely certain why Litton Das is being sent up the order to open the innings when Imrul Kayes and Jos Buttler are also available in the playing eleven.
That may change as the tournament goes on, particularly if the Comilla Victorians are facing a massive target.
Speaking of Jos Buttler, the Englishman has started the tournament quite well and has 144 runs to his name from four innings. Imrul Kayes is close behind in term of runs scored with 132 to his name as well. The real surprise in our opinion though has been Marlon Samuels. The moody West Indian has 112 runs to his name from just 3 innings with two not outs and is looking in tremendous touch.
The Victorians are also making the maximum use of their Afghan duo, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan to dry up the scoring and pick wickets at crucial times. We firmly believe that it is the contest between these two and the opening pair from the Rangpur Riders that will determine which team wins or loses this contest.
Comilla Victorians will base their attack around spin and the variations that Dwayne Bravo brings to the table.
An in-form Comilla Victorians team is going to be very hard to stop.
Pitch and Conditions
A much-improved weather forecast raises hopes that we may get to see some of the best T20 players on the planet unhindered. The humidity will be high but the chances of rain are currently being forecast as 20%.
The pitch has been disappointingly sluggish making strokeplay difficult. Could we see a flat deck rolled out for two of the biggest draws in world cricket? Possibly.
No prediction will hold good is Chris Gayle or Brendon McCullum decide to get going. Apart from that, though, we think that the Comilla Victorians have the side to win this match.
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