Rangpur Riders vs. Comilla Victorians: First Qualifier Preview
Rangpur Riders vs. Comilla Victorians: First Qualifier Preview

Defending champions Riders are the team to beat at the moment, having won their last six encounters on the trot to finish on top in the league - edging ahead of Comilla due to a superior Net Run Rate. They will be high on confidence after their new-found form and will hold a psychological edge over the Victorians, whom they defeated twice in this edition of the BPL.

However, the side will be without their two premier batsmen in the Qualifiers - with Alex Hales already being ruled out due to injury and AB de Villiers returning back after the league stages ended - which can effectively cripple the Riders. Ravi Bopara though was given a chance in the last game and seized his chance by grabbing 3 for 7, and he will once again be expected to pitch in with a match-winning performance.

Comilla too have injury concerns of their own, with Evin Lewis battling a hamstring injury after scoring an unbeaten 109 in their clash with the Khulna Titans. If the West Indian is not fit, Liam Dawson is expected to hold on to his position. The duo of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Saifuddin, who has plucked 17 wickets in the tournament so far, were rested in Comilla's last game and they are expected to return for this crucial game. With both sides containing enough firepower, needless to say it will be the team that manages to hold their nerves in pressure situations that will emerge victorious.

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