Both Chattogram Challengers and Fortune Barishal have won one match each.
After losing their first game of the Bangladesh Premier League season, Chattogram Challengers (CCH) registered an important win in the previous match against Khulna Tigers and are set to host Fortune Barishal (FBA) on January 13 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The Barishal-based side, on the other hand, managed to win their last match against Rangpur Riders and will eye for a win to improve their standing in the league.
Their batting has been marvellous so far this season with the middle-order delivering on a consistent basis. Afghanistan batter Ibrahim Zadran scored a brilliant half-century in the last match (52 off 41) while Mehidy Hasan Miraz accompanied him in the middle, scoring 43 off 29. Iftikhar Ahmed (25* off 18) and Karim Janat (21* off 14) too played their part as the team won their first match of the season by six wickets.
When it comes to their bowling, they have plenty of options and thus the captain can try various things. They conceded more than 190 runs in the first match but managed to restrict the Riders to 160 and that is a massive positive. Chaturanga de Silva and Miraz notched two wickets in the last match while Shakib, Ebadot Hossain and Janat picked one each.
Coming back to the Challengers, the Shuvagata Hom-led side completely dominated Khulna Tigers in the last match. Opener Usman Khan scored a scintillating century (103* off 58) while his partner Max O’Dowd scored 58 off 50. Courtesy of their blistering partnership, Chattogram chased the target with ease. Coming to their bowling performance, two of their bowlers conceded more than 11 runs per over in the previous match and overall, there is a lot of room for improvement.
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Date & Time: January 13, 1:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: FanCode
The surface at Chattogram will help the batters settle well and take advantage of the conditions. The team winning the toss might elect to bowl first and anything above 165 can be considered to be a good total.
Probable Playing XIs for CCH vs FBA
Chattogram Challengers (CCH):
Max O’Dowd, Irfan Sukkur(w), Shuvagata Hom(c), Afif Hossain, Usman Khan, Unmukt Chand, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Abu Jayed, Ziaur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana
Fortune Barishal (FBA):
Chaturanga de Silva, Anamul Haque(w), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mahmudullah, Ibrahim Zadran, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Karim Janat, Kamrul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed
Probable Best Performers from CCH vs FBA:
Probable best batter: Usman Khan
The opener was sensational in the previous match. Batting at a strike rate of 177.59, Usman Khan scored 103* off 58 deliveries. If the 27-year-old continues to bat in a similar fashion, he can be the main difference in the match against Fortune Barishal.
Probable best bowler: Chaturanga de Silva
The 32-year-old all-rounder picked up three wickets from two matches so far in the tournament. Even though he hasn’t been very dangerous with the ball, the Galle-born cricketer can give crucial breakthroughs to help his team.
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.