BPL 2024: Qualifier 1, RAN vs COV Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

Rangpur finished at the top of the points table while Comilla finished second.

By CricTracker Staff

Published – 25 Feb 2024, 20:15 IST | Updated – 25 Feb 2024, 20:29 IST

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Courtesy of finishing first and second respectively in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians have earned themselves an extra opportunity to qualify for the finals. Both teams were extremely consistent in the league stage and will face each other on February 26 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka as the winner will qualify for the finals of the competition, while the loser will go on to play Qualifier 2.

Under the leadership of Nurul Hasan, Rangpur have won nine out of their 12 matches in the league stage. However, the side suffered a six-wicket defeat in their last league game against Comilla. James Neesham stood tall as he scored 69* runs off 42 deliveries but the other batters failed to support him as they posted just 150 runs in the first innings. That is a bit concerning for them.

When it comes to Comilla, Andre Russell is in phenomenal form at the moment. In the last match, the West Indies international smacked 43* runs off 12 deliveries while Mahidul Islam Ankon and Litton Das did their bit to script the win. They would be confident of their chances, especially, with the bowling department stepping up as well.

RAN vs COV Match Details:

Match Rangpur Riders vs Comilla Victorians, Qualifier 1, Bangladesh Premier League 2024
Venue Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Date & Time Monday, February 26, 6:00 PM (IST)
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Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium, Pitch Report and Conditions:

The Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium pitch provides a balanced platform for both batters and bowlers. With a wicket conducive to spin, spinners can exploit the conditions right from the start of the innings. The captain winning the toss is likely to bowl first and anything over 170 runs can be considered to be a good total.

RAN vs COV Head-to-Head Record:

Matches Played 15
Rangpur Riders Won 7
Comilla Victorians Won 8

RAN vs COV Predicted Playing XIs
Rangpur Riders:

Brandon King, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan, Tom Moores, Nurul Hasan (wk/c), James Neesham, Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Abu Hider Rony, Imran Tahir

Comilla Victorians:

Litton Das (c/wk), Mahidul Islam Ankon, Towhid Hridoy, Moeen Ali, Jaker Ali, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Musfik Hasan, Tanvir Islam, Matthew Forde, Rishad Hossain

Probable Best Batter of the Match:

Andre Russell is in sensational form at the moment. He is playing the role of a finisher and has done a commendable job so far for Comilla. In the qualifier, he will once again have the responsibility of a finisher and he would back himself for the role, given his recent success.

Probable Best Bowler of the Match:

Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan picked up 17 wickets from 11 matches in the ongoing BPL. With that, he is currently the second-leading wicket-taker of the series. If he manages to keep up with the momentum, Comilla can have a tough time in the middle.

Today’s Match Prediction: Comilla Victorians to win the match

Scenario – 1

Rangpur Riders win the toss and bowl
PP score – 35-45
COV – 160-180
Comilla Victorians win the match

Scenario – 2

Comilla Victorians win the toss and bowl
PP score – 30-40
RAN – 140-160
Comilla Victorians win the match

Disclaimer: The 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.

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