Fortune Barishal (Photo Source: Twitter)
Both Comilla Victorians and Fortune Barishal have 14 points to their name after 10 games in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. The Nurul Hasan-led Rangpur Riders are in a similar spot and thus, the race for the second spot is currently on.
Meanwhile, the Imrul Kayes-led Comilla side defeated Chattogram Challengers by six wickets in their last match. Stumper-batter Mohammad Rizwan played some phenomenal cricket, scoring 61 off 47 deliveries.
Mosaddek Hossain later scored 37* off 27 deliveries and courtesy of the same Comilla emerged victorious in the match. When it comes to bowlers, Tanvir Islam and Hasan Ali picked up two wickets each. Now, even though they restricted Chattogram to 156, their bowling needs to improve as it can put them under pressure at the business end of the tournament.
Fortune Barishal, on the other hand, defeated Khulna Tigers in their last game. Courtesy of an impressive innings from Iftikhar Ahmed (51* off 31 deliveries), the Shakib Al Hasan-led side posted 194 runs on board after 20 overs. With the ball, Karim Janat is in phenomenal form as he picked up four wickets in the previous match and helped the team win the match by 37 runs. Notably, Dwaine Pretorius has now joined the squad as well.
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: February 7, 06:00 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: FanCode
The pitch at the Shere Bangla National Stadium has favoured the batters in the tournament so far. The captain winning the toss should elect to bowl first and anything above 180 will be a good score at the venue.
Probable Playing XIs for COV vs FBA:
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imrul Kayes (c), Johnson Charles, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Mosaddek Hossain, Jaker Ali, Shykat Ali, Tanvir Islam, Hasan Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Abrar Ahmed
Anamul Haque (wk), Fazle Mahmud, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Salman Hossain, Karim Janat, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Probable Best Performers from COV vs FBA:
Probable best batter: Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is currently the leading run-scorer of Fortune Barishal and is the joint third-leading run-scorer of the tournament. In ten matches so far, the southpaw has amassed 347 runs at a jaw-dropping strike rate of 183.59.
Probable best bowler: Tanvir Islam
Tanvir Islam has picked up 11 wickets in eight matches in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. He has been instrumental for Comilla so far and would hope to finish the season on a high note.
Today’s Match Prediction: Fortune Barishal to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.