The Comilla Victorians will face Sylhet Strikers in the Bangladesh Premier League 2023 final. The Victorians defeated the Strikers in the first qualifier and will be confident of defeating the same team in the final. The Strikers have also made an impressive debut, defeating the Rangpur Riders comprehensively in their previous game.
The two teams have played three games this season, with the Victorians winning twice, which will boost their confidence. They have won their last ten games and are gaining momentum. The Strikers have some of the best hitters and big-match players on the team. Both camps will be nervous, and we anticipate a close race for the title.
The Final between Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers will take place on February 16th, 2023 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Match Details to Note
Match: Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers, Final, Bangladesh Premier League 2023
Date: February 16, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 PM IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
After a slow start to the tournament, Imrul Kayes’ team has done well. They have won their last ten games convincingly, with key players delivering on their promises. The team has won the last two meetings with the Strikers. Kayes will want his players to play their natural game, to be positive, and to win their second consecutive title and fourth overall.
Liton Das and Sunil Narine are experienced top-order batsmen who will need to put up a big first-innings stand in this game. Kayes, Johnson Charles, and Mosadeeo Hasan are all capable of making quick runs, and the team would like to see them form partnerships in this game. They have batting depth, with Moeen Ali, Jaker Ali, and Andre Russell to come.
Tanvir Islam and Russell bowled well in the previous game, and the team expects them to produce similar spells in this game. Narine and Mooen Ali will relish the opportunity to bowl in these conditions, adding to the side’s bowling strength. Mustafizur Rahman and Mukidul Islam lead a potent bowling attack.
Mustafizur Rahman (c), Abrar Ahmed, Abu Hider Rony, Ashiqur Zaman, Josh Cobb, Hasan Ali, Imrul Kayes, Jaker Ali, Khushdil Shah, Litton Das, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Mohammad Rizwan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mukidul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Shykat Ali, Tanvir Islam, Chadwick Walton, Aamer Jamal, Angelo Mathews, Johnson Charles, Naseem Shah, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Moeen Ali
Players to watch out for:
The right-handed opener has 21 T20 half-centuries, with a best score of 78 not out. In the second group stage game against Sylhet Strikers, he scored 70 points.
The English all-rounder joined the team for the play-offs after competing in the ILT20 and the South Africa v England ODI series during the first six weeks of the year.
The 26 year old was named Player of the Match after dismissing Najmul Hossain and Ryan Burl in consecutive balls in Qualifier 1.
Possible Playing XI:
Imrul Kayes (c), Johnson Charles, Litton Das, Jaker Ali (wk), Moeen Ali, Andre Russell, Mosaddek Hossain, Sunil Narine, Tanvir Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mukidul Islam
Mashrafe Mortaza may be pleased with his team’s performance against Rangpur Riders in the second qualifier. Their batsmen and bowlers delivered a clinical performance. The 19-run victory has silenced critics who predicted they would lose to the Riders. Mortaza wants his team to build on their current success and win their first championship.
In the previous game, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Towhid Hridoy put on a big opening wicket stand. A similar start would put the team in a good position. Mortaza performed well at No. 3 in the previous game, and he needs to form partnerships with Zakir Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. This lineup is strengthened by George Linde and Thisara Perera.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib will be confident following his good spells in the previous game, and he must make early breakthroughs while sharing the new ball with George Linde. Luke Wood and Rubel Hossain must bowl better lines than in the previous game. Mortaza and Burl must perform admirably in supporting roles.
Colin Ackermann, Akbar Ali, Ryan Burl, Gulbadin Naib, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Kamindu Mendis, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Haris, Tom Moores, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nabil Samad, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nazmul Islam, Thisara Perera, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Rubel Hossain, Taibur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Towhid Hridoy, Zakir Hasan, Sharifullah, Imad Wasim, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Irfan, George Linde, Isuru Udana, Luke Wood
Players to watch out for:
Najmul Hossain Shanto
The left-handed opener needs 48 more runs to reach 500 for the tournament. He is the BPL 2023’s leading run scorer.
The 33-year-old fast bowler has five wickets in his last two games but has also given up 75 runs. He’ll be a wicket-taking threat, but he’ll also be pricey in this game.
The left-arm pace bowler has had an outstanding winter, picking up wickets in the BBL, ILT20, and now the BPL. At the end of the 19th over, he took two wickets in two balls.
Possible Playing XI:
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Towhid Hridoy, Zakir Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Ryan Burl, George Linde, Isuru Udana, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Rubel Hossain
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Head to Head
Comilla Victorians have a 6-2 lead over Sylhet Strikers after eight BPL games. Both teams won one group stage match before the Victorians won the Qualifier by four wickets.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Head to Head Stats in T20s
|Matches Played||COV Won||SYL Won||Tie||NR|
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Toss Prediction
Only once in the last four games has the team successfully defended the score at this venue. Bowling under lights is difficult because of the dew factor. In this game, the team that wins the toss will try to take advantage of the conditions by bowling first.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Pitch Report
Shere Bangla National Stadium has one of Bangladesh’s best batting wickets, where batsmen have scored a lot of runs because the track is good to bat on and the outfield is lightning fast. On this surface, there isn’t much for fast bowlers, but spinners have done well in the past due to the amount of turn and bounce available.
On February 16, Dhaka will have clear skies and a warm and comfortable evening. The wicket is flat, but the underlying slowness can cause batsmen to doubt themselves. The team batting first will be pleased with 170 runs, which should put opponents under pressure in this big game.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Prediction
The Sylhet Strikers finished first in the points table, but they peaked early in the tournament. They have a strong batting lineup, but their bowling attack has struggled. The Comilla Victorians have won the league twice in the last three seasons, and their players are capable of performing under duress. They have a good record against the Strikers and will start as favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Comilla Victorians is the favourite to beat Sylhet Strikers at the odds of 1.70.
Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Litton Das has 324 runs in the tournament and is our pick to be Comilla Victorians’ leading run scorer against Sylhet Strikers.