The first Qualifier of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League will be contested between the Comilla Victorians and the Rangpur Riders at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders betting tips & predictions can be found below.
These two teams finished on top of the league standings with the Victorians heading the standings. Both sides had 14 points from 10 matches in the league stage however, the Riders could not finish on top as they had an inferior net-run-rate statistic compared to Comilla.
Comilla played the Sylhet Super Stars in their last league fixture where Ahmed Shehzad’s 42 off 31 deliveries helped them amass 150/4 batting first. Imrul Kayes, Alok Kapali, and Ashar Zaidi had also played important knocks in a match which saw West Indian Andre Russell in action.
The total proved to be enough as the Super Stars were shot out for 79 runs thanks to Shuvagata Hom’s figures of 8/3 in three overs. Russell and Zaidi also got into the act with a couple of wickets each while Naeem Islam and Abu Haider each claimed a scalp.
Incidentally, Rangpur’s last piece of action in the league stage had come against the Victorians. Jahurul Islam’s unbeaten effort of 62 off 50 deliveries besides other contributions saw the Riders post 153/6 in the first period of play. The Victorians were unable to chase it down as Thisara Perera, Saqlain Sajib and Mohammad Nabi blunted their chances of a win with some super bowling.
Both sides have played excellent cricket throughout the tournament and have secured two shots at the final. The side which wins will go through to the grand final while the side which loses will play the winner of the first eliminator.
Shakib Al Hasan was phenomenal in the earlier parts of the tournament but his form tailed off after he was slapped with a one match ban. The skipper will look to lead from the front in this crunch fixture.
In contrast, Ahmed Shehzad has been the man for Comilla after he joined following Pakistan’s series against England in the UAE. They also have a trump card in the form of Russell and the world knows how damaging the West Indian could be.
Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders head to head
These two sides have met twice in their history with both meetings coming in this year’s league. Both teams have tasted success once against each other.
Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders betting tips & predictions
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Match starts at 2 pm local time (8 am GMT) on December 12.