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Dynamites, Victorians bank on allrounders

BPL T20 grand final today

Dynamites, Victorians bank on allrounders

Sports Desk One-sided contests have been synonymous with BPL finals, but this year promises to be different, with the title match pitting two of the strongest sides both on paper and on the field over the last four weeks - the Dhaka Dynamites and the Comilla Victorians. It's poised to be the battle of allrounders and spin attacks. Both franchises have won the trophy previously, and with strong support bases, the Dynamites and the Victorians have made themselves the BPL's most celebrated and talked-about sides. The Victorians have mostly banked on Evin Lewis, Tamim Iqbal and Thisara Perera with the bat although Shamsur Rahman's 210 runs at 136.36 have also helped the team's cause. His unbeaten 34 against Rangpur Riders helped them win the first qualifier. Mohammad Saifuddin, Shahid Afridi and Mahedi Hasan have been vital cogs in the Victorians' bowling attack, aside from Wahab Riaz, who has taken 13 wickets but conceded 7.81 runs per over in nine matches. They would also expect a little more impact from Perera, the bowler. The Dynamites, meanwhile, have heavily relied on Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine although Kieron Pollard remains a worry for all opponents, especially in the finals of T20 tournaments. Rubel Hossain's 21 wickets, including two four-wicket hauls, has also been a stand-out contribution, as has been Nurul Hasan's work behind the stumps and, in difficult situations, with the bat. The make-up of both sides promises a contest that is likely to go down to the last over. But to get there, a lot will depend on which set of cricketers holds its nerve longer. Comilla coach however said Shakib Al Hasan's Dhaka have the advantage when it comes to the battle of foreign all-rounders. "I think all-rounders play a huge role in team balance. Dhaka team has the advantage in this regard since they have three to four all-rounders and can play extra two players," Salahuddin said. If Dhaka has Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, Comilla too have that advantage as they can play Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera. Local all-rounder Saifuddin starred with four wickets in the thriller against Dhaka to seal a one-run victory in the last encounter between the two sides. Salahuddin said that his side too has the right players in the right places. Having won both their matches against Dhaka in this edition of the tournament, his side has the momentum going in to the final but he laid emphasis on locals' performance. "The locals have to perform in this kind of tournaments," he said. Captain Imrul Kayes has led his side Comilla Victorians to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final with well-balanced side. Asked where his side has the advantage, he reiterated that Dhaka Dynamites will be the side who will think a lot about Comilla than the other way around. And that will mean that his side will have the mental edge when the two sides meet in the final tomorrow. Vicorians won by narrow margins in both of their matches against Dhaka so far in the tournament. All-rounders Thisara Perera was the hero in the first match while the second one - a tight encounter that finished with a one-run victory for Comilla-saw Mohammad Saifuddin emerge as the hero. Having won those matches, Imrul felt that his side has the slight edge over their opponents. "Final is a matter of luck. You can say that we won two matches against them and that gives us a lead over them. "We are in a good place in terms of confidence since when you defeat a team twice, ultimately, the opponent will think about you a lot more than you thinking about them. I think that is a positive for us" he said. There will be tactical plans and analysis of the opponent but at the end everything will depend on execution. So if there is a mental edge over the opponent, it is going to be beneficial for Comilla. "Dhaka played their four all-rounders in both those games but lost. So we are not thinking about extra plans. I f we can execute according to our strengths then a result will come," he concluded on the recipe for success. IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Dynamites are unlikely to tinker with their line-up much as they have preferred, among their overseas players, to play three allrounders and a top-order batsman. Dhaka Dynamites (probable): 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Rony Talukdar, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Nurul Hasan (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Shuvagata Hom, 9 Mahmudul Hasan, 10 Qazi Onik, 11 Rubel Hossain The Victorians could include Liam Dawson in place of Wahab Riaz, besides replacing Sanjit Saha with Abu Hider. Comilla Victorians (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Anamul Haque (wk), 4 Shamsur Rahman, 5 Imrul Kayes (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mahedi Hasan, 10 Liam Dawson/ Wahab Riaz, 11 Sanjit Saha/Abu Hider PITCH AND CONDITIONS In the ten night games in Mirpur during this season's BPL, only four teams have won batting first. Sides have averaged 154 in night games, although those who have won batting first have had to average around 165. STATS AND TRIVIA Dynamites have made it to their third BPL final in a row. They won the tournament in 2016, but were beaten by the Rangpur Riders in last edition's final. Victorians beat Dynamites in both league matches this season, and have won five out of nine games overall in contests between the two sides. None of the batsmen from either side will threaten Rilee Rossouw's position as the tournament's top scorer. Tamim Iqbal is behind by 232 runs while Shakib Al Hasan is 260 runs away.

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