In the final of the BCB President’s Cup on Sunday, Najmul XI failed to post a challenging total against Mahmudullah XI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Mahmudullah Riyad, the captain of Mahmudullah XI, won the toss and opted to field first. They restricted Najmul XI to 173 runs in 47.1 overs thanks to wonderful bowling by Sumon Khan who scalped five wickets conceding 38 runs in 10 overs.
Openers of Najmul XI— Saif Hassan and Soumya Sarkar— posted only 4 and 5 runs respectively. Rubel Hossain grabbed the first wicket removing Saif. Right after that, Soumya fell prey to Sumon.
Najmul Hossain Shanto (32) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12) tried to control the initial damage, but failed to come up with the bigger effort when Najmul XI were in dire straits.
Afif Hossain disappointed again as he failed to add anything to the board. He was hunted by Sumon as well. Towhid Hridoy, who had come up with some imperious displays earlier, scored 26 this time.
The rampant Irfaan Shukkur was the best batsman for Najmul XI posting 75 off 77 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Before getting dismissed by Rubel, he tried his best to take his team to a challenging total.
Eventually, Najmul XI tumbled for 173. Sumon Khan, the right-arm pacer, bagged five wickets while Rubel took two and Ebadat Hossain, Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah scalped one wicket each.
In their previous meet in the league phase, Najmul XI had beaten Mahmudullah XI by a big margin of 131 runs.