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BPL – MATCH 5 – CHITTAGONG VIKINGS VS COMILLA VICTORIANS – FANTASY PREVIEW

Bangladesh’s own T20 league, Bangladesh Premier League – Season 5 successfully kick-started on the weekend and hosts a third double-header of the season on this Tuesday. Chittagong Vikings start their season with a clash against Comilla Victorians in the first match of a double-header. Match 5 between Chittagong Vikings vs Comilla Victorians is scheduled to start at 2 PM Local | 1:30 PM IST on Tuesday, 7th November 2017.

 

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

With 6 wins in 12 matches, Chittagong Vikings finished at the third position in the points table last year, but the loss in the Eliminator shattered their final hope. In this fifth season of BPL, Chittagong Vikings will start their campaign with a game against Comilla Victorians on Tuesday afternoon. Soumya Sarkar would be the possible option to lead the team in the season. As Pakistan players are not available at this stage of the tournament, former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will not feature in this game. Chittagong Vikings squad has equal numbers of veteran and young overseas players in it. Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza joined Vikings squad and he will be available for this match. He is in very good form at the moment and he was the man of the match in the last test against West Indies, last week. Sri Lanka’s opening batsman in the shorter format Dilshan Munaweera will play for Vikings. He managed to score only 20 runs in 3 T20 innings against Pakistan recently, but he turns things for Vikings. Afghanistan middle-order batsman Najibullah Zadran is available for the selection and he is a very useful player in the end overs. England’s uncapped batsman Luis Reece has scored 481 runs at strike-rate 135 in his T20 career. This may be a right platform for him to expose his skills which means plenty of chances for him to play key roles in the season.

West Indies test batsman Jermaine Blackwood’s availability is not confirmed yet, he may not available as he selected for New Zealand tour. Recently retired New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi is expected to play a huge role for Vikings in this game. The hard-hitting player maintains strike-rate of 150+ in his T20 career and that will come into play on Tuesday. Pakistan’s former bowling allrounder Yasir Arafat and Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Mendis are available for the selection it seems. As CSA T20 Challenge starts in less than a week time, Stiaan van Zyl may not available for Vikings. England all-rounder Liam Dawson will play for Vikings hopefully, he will get a game against Victorians. He is the very useful player with his left-arm spin and also with power-hitting in lower middle-order. Apart from all these overseas players, domestic players from Bangladesh also strengthing Vikings squad. As Misbah is not available, icon player Soumya Sarkar is expected to take a responsibility of leading the team. Soumya was in poor form for many months, but in recent T20I series against South Africa, he scored 47 and 44 runs respectively. That sort of form needs to extend in this game and that’s what the team expecting from him.

This BPL season will be the big opportunity for the wicket-keeper opener Anamul Haque who struggled to get a place in the national squad for almost 2 years now. His last international appearance was in November 2015, hope for some match-winning performance from him on Tuesday. Irfan Sukkur and Tanbir Hayder are other two notable batsmen in the squad. Both of them hasn’t played much of T20 matches till now, but it may their opportunity to shine and impress with performances. Bangladesh national team bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Subhashis Roy will serve for Vikings this year. Taskin was in bad shape in all three formats against South Africa recently. BPL season will be the big chance for him to make an impression with his performances and keep a place in the national squad. Subashis Roy will be the other pace bowler who expected to perform in the season for Vikings. Left-arm spinners Suhrawadi Shuvo and Sunzamul Islam are a spin option along with 17 years old Nayeem Hasan. Sunzamul is handy with a bat too and he will be the first choice domestic spinner in the Vikings XI.

 

COMILLA VICTORIANS :

After a disastrous season last year, Comilla Victorians started the on-going season with a loss too. But, they played with a right combination of 5 overseas players in the opening game. As the Icon player of the team Tamim Iqbal is not available for first few weeks, Victorians will play without Tamim once again on Tuesday. Marlon Samuels, Jos Buttler, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Dwayne Bravo were those overseas players who took a field on Sunday. The combo expected to continue for this game against Vikings. On the absence of Tamim Iqbal, Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi leads the team at the moment. Pakistan players Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Rumman Raees are not available due to National T20 tournament back in Pakistan.

The power-hitting wicketkeeper Jos Buttler managed to score only 2 runs in the first game. But as we all know he could come back with a bang at any moment. Marlon Samuels batted well and scored 60 runs off 47 balls against Sixers. There would be no wonder if he scores another half-century on Tuesday. Afghan duo Nabi and Rashid Khan are expected to dominate in this game. Nabi was not exploded with a bat other day, hopefully, his all-round performances will come into play against Vikings. West Indies star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo scored 11 runs not out and also claimed 2 for 34 in the first game. He is the big game changer and hopes for big performances from him on Tuesday. Apart from these 5 players, batsman Darren Bravo and Solomon Mire are available for the selection. As Zimbabwe test matches were over, Solomon Mire will be available but he may need to wait for his opportunity.

Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes and Liton Das opened the innings for Victorians on Sunday. Both of them gave a decent start for the team but dismissed inside the power-play overs. They are expected to open the innings and this time either one of them expected to give you more fantasy points. The 33-year old Alok Kapali has played a handy knock of 26 off 19 balls in middle-order. He has struggled for years with a bat, but his innings on other day give a glimpse of his batting form hopefully, he may play another good knock on Tuesday. The left arm spinner Arafat Sunny played the last game but he bowled only one over. He may grab second chance in this game to explore his skills. Al-Amin Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin were the fast bowlers used in the last game. Al-Amin struggles to get a place in Bangladesh squad, if he performs well in this season for Victorians he will be back to the national squad. So, he is expected to bowl better than the first match on Tuesday. Saifuddin bowled two economical overs, he may continue a good work in this game as well. Victorians expected to play with an unchanged squad by giving one more opportunity for this combination.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

  • Soumya Sarkar
  • Sikandar Raza
  • Luke Ronchi
  • Anamul Haque
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Sunzamul Islam
  • Subashis Roy

 

COMILLA VICTORIANS :

  • Liton Das
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Marlon Samuels
  • Dwayne Bravo
  • Jos Buttler
  • Rashid Khan
  • Al-Amin Hossain
  • Arafat Sunny

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

CHITTAGONG VIKINGS :

1. Soumya Sarkar, 2. Dilshan Munaweera / Luis Reece, 3. Luke Ronchi, 4. Anamul Haque, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Liam Dawson / Jeevan Mendis , 7. Najibullah Zadran, 8. Tanbir Hayder / Alauddin Babu, 9. Sunzamul Islam, 10. Taskin Ahmed, 11. Subashis Roy.

COMILLA VICTORIANS :

1. Imrul Kayes, 2. Liton Das, 3. Marlon Samuels, 4. Jos Buttler, 5. Mohammad Nabi, 6. Alok Kapali, 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Mohammad Saifuddin, 10. Arafat Sunny, 11. Al-Amin Hossain.

 

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Anand Thiyagarajan

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