Comilla Victorians will look to continue their winning momentum when they take on under-performing Rajshahi Kings at Chittagong in 2017 Bangladesh Premier League on Saturday. Rajshahi Kings are placed seventh in the points table with 2 wins in seven matches. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the Saturday clash between Comilla Victorians and Rajshahi Kings at Chittagong.
Attacking batsmen: Victorians boast of few attacking batsmen in Tamim Iqbal, Jos Buttler, Marlon Samuels, Imrul Kayes among others. Most of their batsmen have been in form. Kayes, Samuels, Buttler have produced useful cameos with the bat. Shoaib Malik too performed well in the last clash against Dhaka Dynamites, cracking a match-winning 54*. Most of Victorians batsmen are in form and would look to bat out the opposition.
Well-rounded bowling line-up despite Rashid Khan’s absence: Rashid Khan has been called back to Afghanistan to keep him fresh for international games. But in place of him, there is the Under-19 Afghan hero Mujeeb Zadran who would look to make the best of the opportunity. Then, they have Hasan Ali, who took a five-wicket haul in the last match. Mahedi Hasan has also performed well so far for the Victorians.
Complacency: There is no visible weakness for Victorians. But they must guard against complacency as they are on a winning roll. They struggle while defending a total. Hence, opposition might look to exploit this area. Victorians will have to fight hard against Rajshahi Kings despite the latter have not been in the best of form as any team can win on their day in a game of T20 cricket.
Rajshahi Kings strengths:
Attacking openers: Kings boast of one of the best opening pairs in West Indian Lendl Simmons and Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque. The two had put up a match-winning stand of 122 for the opening wicket in the win against Rangpur Riders. Hence, their form will be crucial to Kings’ success in the clash against Victorians.
Bowling lacks penetration: Kings do not boast of a strong bowling line-up. They do not have any known names who can instill fear in the minds of opposition batsmen. Hence, they have struggled to contain the opposition. But Kings will have to make the best use of the resources available to them.
Prediction: Comilla Victorians have been on a roll in this tournament. They have won five consecutive matches and look good for more. They had also beaten Kings in the last league game. It will be a tough task for Kings to run Victorians close. Our vote goes to Victorians in this clash.