Dhaka, Jan 18 (UNB) - Tamim Iqbal struck his first fifty of ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Friday and guided Comilla Victorians to clinch their fourth win of the season over Khulna Titans by three wickets.
Khulna batted in the first innings and posted a big total of 181 runs for seven wickets. Comilla started chasing it down with a positive start as opener-duo Tamim Iqbal and Anamaul Haque added 115 runs which has set the platform for Victorians’ win.
Tamim fell as the first wicket of Comilla scoring 73 off 42 balls with 12 fours and a six. In the last two matches, he failed to add anything to the team’s total. But on Friday, he was hell-bent to do something remarkable, and he did it successfully.
Anamul Haque disappointed to carry on after the dismissal of Tamim Iqbal. But, Imrul Kayes was determined. He added 28 runs on the board.
Despite the good start to win the game, Shamsur Rahman and Liam Dawson disappointed as they failed to reach to double-digit scores. But, Thisara Perera was there.
After coming to play the ongoing BPL, Perera stroke a fifty in the first match, but failed to ensure a win for Comilla. But this time, he struck 12 off seven balls and left the field after ensuring a hard-fought win for his team.
Khulna’s Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan took four wickets, but that was not enough for his team to avoid a loss.
Earlier, in the first innings of the match, Khulna Titans put a big total of 181 runs on the board. Left-handed opener Junaid Siddique hit 70 off 41 balls with four sixes. Al Amin was the second highest runs getter for Khulna hitting 32 off 19 balls.
Despite a poor start of losing the first wickets in two runs, Khulna ensured a big total which was their highest runs in the ongoing season.
Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi took three wickets for the Victorians while other Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz scalped two wickets for them.
Comilla will play their next match on 21 January at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium while Khulna will face off Chittagong Vikings on 19 January at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka, Jan 18 (UNB) — Shakib Al Hasan’s unbeaten knock of 61 helped Dhaka Dynamites overpower Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Friday.
A magnificent batting show by Sixers captain David Warner in the first innings helped his side put up a challenging total of 158/8. But the high-flying Dynamites, who won four of their last five matches, made the chase look easy.
Apart from Shakib, Andre Russell’s unbeaten hard-hitting innings of 40 off 21 balls helped Dynamites reach the target in 17 overs with six wickets in hand. They finished at 163/4 at Sylhet International Stadium.
In the first innings, Sixers lost their openers Sabbir Rahman and Liton Das at 38. Afif Hossain and David Warner added 40 runs in the third-wicket stand. After Afif walked back to the pavilion scoring 19, Warner kept the score afloat. He hit 63 off 43 balls with eight fours and one six.
Andrew Birch, the South African pacer, who is playing his first match in BPL, took three wickets while Shakib bagged two.
Sixers will play their next match on January 19 against defending champions Rangpur Riders while Dynamites will face Chittagong Vikings on January 21.
Dhaka, Jan 189 (UNB) — Sylhet Sixers captain David Warner starred with the bat again, hitting 63 off 43 balls, to guide his side post a challenging 158/8 against Dhaka Dynamites on Friday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Sixers won the toss and opted to bat first. They had a good opening stand with Sabbir Rahman and Liton Das. But both departed for 38.
Liton was dismissed for 27 off 14 balls by Shakib Al Hasan. Andre Russell sent Sabbir back to the pavilion after scoring 11.
In the third wicket stand, Afif Hossain and Warner added 40 runs. Afif failed to utilise his good start as he fell for 19 while facing Andrew Birch. But Warner kept the score afloat with eight fours and one six.
Birch, the South African pacer, who is playing his first match in BPL, took three wickets while Shakib bagged two.
Dhaka, Jan 18 (UNB) — Sylhet Sixers won the toss and chose to bat first on Friday against Dhaka Dynamites in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The tournament resumed at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium after a day’s break.
Sixers have played five matches so far in the latest edition of BPL and won two of them. Dynamites, on the other hand, have won four out of their five games and are currently at the top of the points table.
In their last match, Sixers stunned defending champions Rangpur Riders by 27 Runs. Liton Das and David Warner played pivotal roles.
Warner is playing the game despite an elbow injury. He will leave for Australia after taking part in his side’s next game against Riders on January 19.
Dynamites lost their last match to Rajshahi Kings by 20 runs, which was their first loss in the ongoing season of BPL.
Dhaka, Jan 17 (UNB) — South African batsman AB de Villiers is joining the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for the first time. The right-hander arrived in Dhaka on Thursday to join Rangpur Riders, the defending champions.
He will be playing the remaining matches of the league.
Riders roped in Villiers under the direct signing act of BPL. He will join Chris Gayle and Alex Hales in the camp.
Villiers played 261 T20 matches.
Riders played six matches in BPL so far and won only two. Their performance with the bat has been poor.
In his long T20 career, AB scored 6,931 runs with three hundreds and 47 fifties. Before coming to BPL, he played in Mzansi Super League in South Africa for Tshwane Spartans.
He played 10 matches and scored 282 runs.