Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Prediction: Chattogram Challengers vs Comilla Warriors
December 31, 2019
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
The 27th match of the BPL 2019-20 will see top dogs Chattogram Challengers taking on the relatively struggling Cumilla Warriors on Tuesday.
Chattogram Challengers have been very good until now. They are coming on the back of a comfortable 6-wicket win over Dhaka Platoon. They restricted Dhaka to just 124/9.
On the other hand, Comilla Warriors succumbed to their 5th defeat of the season against Rajshahi Royals with four of them coming in succession.
The Challengers had beaten Warriors in a high scoring match in the first fixture of BPL 2019-20 between these two teams. Cumilla fell short by a mere 16 runs after conceding 238 runs in the 1st inning.
Chattogram Challengers performance in BPL 2019-20:
Chattogram Challengers have one of the best batting line-ups in the entire tournament. Even in the absence of the exciting Avishka Fernando, players like Lendl Simmons, Chadwick Walton, and Ryan Burl promise fireworks while skipper Imrul Kayes tends to be the glue amongst the before mentioned aggressive players. Kayes and Walton, in particular, have been exemplary with their consistency to score 289 and 265 runs respectively.
While Simmons has been inconsistent, his quality is well-known and a big knock could be just around the corner. Further, the talented Nurul Hasan is also a pretty underrated player who provided good finishing touches to Chattogram’s batting efforts so far.
With the ball, Mehedi Hasan Rana has been the stand-out bowler with 13 wickets while Rubel Hossain and Muktar Ali have also been effective with 8 scalps each. English import Liam Plunkett, on the other hand, would have to step up after being expensive in the two games he has played so far.
Comilla Warriors performance in BPL 2019-20:
Comilla Warriors are heavily reliant on their batting. There were a lot of expectations around Dawid Malan especially after his superlative performances and he has delivered in some style by being the top run-getter until with 303 runs. Malan had a failure against Rajshahi Royals on Saturday but he will definitely be a big fish for Chattogram Challengers.
Key batter Soumya Sarkar will also need to build on his fantastic knock against Rajshahi as Comilla will miss the services of the prolific Sri Lankan duo of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka. It will be interesting to see whether Stiaan Van Zyl and David Wiese could fill their absence adequately.
Bowling-wise, the Warriors seems to have a good core in form of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, and Al-Amin Hossain. While Mujeeb has been exceptional with both his wicket-taking ability and also economy rate during the powerplay overs, even Sarkar and Al-Amin would have to correct their nature of conceding too many runs.
Apart from these bowlers, Abu Hider Rony has been a massive appointment as he has been totally off-color. The left-arm seamer has only picked up 2 wickets until now while leaking more than 11 runs per over on average.
Chattogram Challengers vs Comilla Warriors predicted line-up
Lendl Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Imrul Kayes, Chadwick Walton, Ryan Burl, Nurul Hasan (wk), Liam Plunkett, Muktar Ali, Rubel Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan Rana
Robiul Islam, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dawid Malan, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, David Wiese, Mahidul Islam Ankon (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Sumon, Abu Hider Rony
The BPL 2019-20 has once again return to the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Off the 8 games played at the venue in the beginning of BPL 2019-20, 5 teams won while chasing the total and 3 were won by teams batting first.
154 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during those 8 games.
Meanwhile, of the 4 games played at the venue on Friday and Saturday, 2 have been won by the team batting first and other 2 by the team chasing the total.
BPL 2019-20: Chattogram Challengers vs Comilla Warriors Prediction
- Dawid Malan is currently BPL 2019-20 top run scorer. He has scored 303 runs in 7 innings including a century.
- Mehedi Hasan Rana has been the stand-out bowler with 13 wickets and is currently leading the bowling chart.
- Imrul Kayes and Chadwick Walton have scored 289 and 265 runs respectively and both are in the top 5 batting charts of BPL 2019-20 until now.
- 460 runs were scored when both teams met each other earlier this season and 66 boundaries were hit in that game.
- Chadwick Walton scored 71* off just 27 balls when he faced Comilla Warriors earlier this season.