Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2018-19), Khulna Titans vs. Comilla Victorians: Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI Updates & Fantasy Cricket Tips - January 18th, 2019
With the Sylhet leg of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 season almost reaching its end, the league table is slowly taking shape with Khulna Titans finding it increasingly difficult to break into the top four. On the other hand, their opponents Comilla Victorians have been one of the most impressive teams on show even without their captain, Steve Smith. With both teams looking for the two points, this is sure to be one hell of a contest considering the high-scoring pitch in Sylhet.
#Squads to choose from
Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Carlos Brathwaite, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Brendan Taylor, Sherfane Rutherford, Subashis Roy, Junaid Siddique, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Lasith Malinga, Yasir Shah and Paul Stirling
Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Asela Gunaratne, Liam Dawson, Abu Hider Rony, Anamul Haque, Ziaur Rahman, Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Shamsur Rahman, Sanjit Saha, Evin Lewis, Waqar Salamkheil, Aamer Yamin
Playing XI Updates:
Khulna Titans finally registered their first win of the campaign against the Rajshahi Kings with good performances from their bowlers. While coach, Mahela Jayawardene will be hoping for more of the same from the bowlers, their batsmen should be a cause for concern. The onus will be on their captain, Mahmadullah Riyad to provide the goods along with overseas stars Dawid Malan and Carlos Brathwaite. No changes are expected from the Khulna side that won their previous game.
Possible XI: Jahurul(WK), Siddiqui, Malan, Mahmadullah(C), Shanto, Ariful, Brathwaithe, Wiese, Taijul, Shariful and Junaid Khan
Walking along the same lines as their opponents, Comilla are also not expected to make any changes to the side that emphatically won against the home team, Sylhet Sixers. Their bowling unit is filled with variety and quality bowlers who can deliver at any stage of the match which adds to their dominant batting order lead by Imrul Kayes.
Possible XI: Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul(WK), Kayes(C), Dawson, Perera, Afridi, Saifuddin, Riaz, Mahedi and Ziaur Rahman.
#Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Both keepers, Anamul Haque and Jahurul Islam have been promoted to the opening spot considering their ability with the bat. But with the quality of their opening bowlers, Anamul Haque is prone to danger to a rampant Junaid Khan. Jahurul might be the better option but either of them would be sufficient in your bid to win a contest.
Batsmen: Dawid Malan and Imrul Kayes have been fairly solid for their respective teams and would be key to big totals. Both of them along with Tamim Iqbal are useful options with the latter not able to influence proceedings as he would like to. All of the three players are filled with talent and ability and should make merry of a relatively flat Sylhet pitch.
All-rounders: Carlos Brathwaite and Thisara Perera are similar in their style of play with four quality overs and pinch hitting on offer. While both of them would be fairly useful in any fantasy side, the spotlight will ideally be on Khulna captain, Mahmadullah Riyad who is the heart and soul of the side.
Bowlers: Junaid Khan and Taijul Islam wrecked havoc in their previous game which is precisely why they should be backed. In a tournament such as the BPL, form does matter which implies the aforementioned duo's selection. Two of Saifuddin, Wahab Riaz and Mahedi Hasan would be viable options to go for.
Captain: Tamim Iqbal is the ideal choice for captain with the south-paw due for big innings. Fantasy players could also go along with power hitters such as Carlos Brathwaithe and Thisara Perera or even a dependable player such as Mahmadullah Riyad. Thisara Perera is in the form of his life with the bat and would make an attractive option.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Jahurul Islam(WK), Tamim Iqbal, Dawid Malan, Imrul Kayes, Carlos Brathwaithe, Mahmadullah Riyad, Thisara Perera, Junaid Khan, Taijul Islam, Mohammed Saifuddin and Wahab Riaz. Captain: Tamim Iqbal.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Anamul Haque(WK), Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Dawid Malan, David Wiese, Thisara Perera, Mahmadullah Riyad, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Saifuddin and Shariful Islam. Captain: Mahmadullah Riyad