CMV vs SSR Match Preview
Like most of the other sides playing in the competition, Comilla Victorians utilized the playoffs for blooding new talent. This was forced on them as several of the players had to leave for the Pakistan Super League competition. They also lost Mohammad Rizwan in the process but managed to replace him with Moeen Ali. One of the crucial batsmen for the Comilla Victorians is Litton Das. He is a right-handed opening batsman who has scored as many as 21 T20 half-centuries for the various teams he has played for in this format,
Litton Das also scored a useful 70-run effort in the 2nd group stage encounter against the same outfit. The British all-rounder Moeen Ali joined the side during the play-offs after having spent nearly 6 weeks of the new year playing in the ILT20 and he also participated in England vs South Africa ODI series. Another crucial player for Victorians is Tanvir Islam. The 26-year-old spinner was named player of the match after he dismissed Ryal Burl and Najmul Hossain on successive balls in the first qualifier.
Isuru Udana and Shafiqullah Ghafari are the two players that lost their places in the team ahead of the second qualifier victory over Rangpur Riders. In their place, we got to see the arrival of Thisara Perera together with the fast bowler Luke Wood making his first appearance for Sylhet Strikers. One of the crucial players for Sylhet Strikers was Najmul Hossain Shanto. This left-handed batter needs just another 48 runs to bring up the mark of 500 runs in the competition. He happens to be the top run-getter for any side in BPL 2023.
Rubel Hossain is a 33-year-old seam bowler for Sylhet. He has managed to pluck 5 wickets for his side in his last couple of games. However, he conceded 75 runs during the process. He will always be a threat to the opposition though as he can pick wickets. He tends to be expensive. Luke Wood is another crucial pace bowler for Strikers. He has enjoyed an exceptional winter picking up crucial wickets in the BBL, ILT20, and now the BPL. In the last game, Wood picked up a couple of wickets from 2 balls at the end of the 19th over.
We are expecting clear skies for this game in Mirpur tomorrow. It is likely to be a comfortable and warm evening during the match.
The pitch on offer at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur happens to be one of the finest batting tracks in Bangladesh. Most batters have scored plenty of runs on this track and it is a terrific surface for batting. The outfield on the ground is lightning quick and there is not too much help on offer for quicker bowlers. However, spinners have fared a lot better on this surface earlier as there is plenty of turn and bounce available on the track.
This surface is a flat one however, there is a bit of slowness to it and this will cause the ball to stop and come onto the bat. This can create doubts in the minds of the batters. Any side batting first on this venue will be happy to have close to 170 runs on the board. This will give them sufficient space to put pressure on their opposition in this big game.
Comilla Victorians have a terrific recent record against Sylhet Strikers.
Comilla Victorians have won 4 out of their last 5 matches against Sylhet Strikers. This record is bound to have their players in a more confident frame of mind for this match.
Comilla Victorians have enjoyed a great run in their last few encounters.
Victorians have won 10 games on the trot now. They have developed a formidable record in the BPL 2023 season. It will be tough to bet against them.
Due to the announcement of the Pakistan Super League, many players from the regular sides will miss the final.
CMV vs SSR Probable 11
CMV Playing 11
- Imrul Kayes (C)
- Johnson Charles
- Litton Das
- Jaker Ali (Wk)
- Moeen Ali
- Andre Russell
- Mosaddek Hossain
- Sunil Narine
- Tanvir Islam
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Mukidul Islam
SSR Playing 11
- 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
Although the Sylhet Strikers team topped the points tally for their group, it appeared as if the team peaked too early in the tournament. However, they have a powerful batting order. Their bowling attack has not been in the best of form recently though. The Comilla Victorians side has managed to win the competition twice in their last 3 attempts. They have players that are used to the pressure and can deliver under the lights. Comilla also enjoys a good record against the Sylhet Strikers outfit and will be clear favorites to lift another title.
Litton Das: Litton Das is a crucial batter for Comilla Victorians. He has scored 274 runs from his last 9 appearances for Comilla with an average of 34.25 and a strike rate of 129.24.
Mukidul Islam: Mukidul Islam has picked up 10 scalps from his 8 matches with a strike rate of 14.50.
Rubel Hossain: Rubel Hossain has picked up 12 victims from his last 7 matches for Sylhet. He is a critical bowler for a side that is worried about its bowling attack.
Mushfiqur Rahim: Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 220 runs from 10 games with an average of 27.50 and a strike rate of 127.90.
CMV vs SSR Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: M. Rahim
Batters: J. Charles, L. Das, N. Hossain Shanto, T. Hridoy
All-rounders: T. Perera, S. Narine (C), A. Russell (VC)
Bowlers: M. Mortaza, M. Rahman, T. Islam