Right-handed batsman Ariful Haque smashed four sixes in five balls to help his team Gemcon Khulna register a win in a dramatic fashion against Fortune Barishal by four wickets in Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
In the first game of the day, Mehedi Hasan of Minister Group Rajshahi defended 9 runs in the last over and his team won the match against Beximco Dhaka. In the second game of the day, Mehidy Hasan Miraz failed to defend 22 runs in the last over.
Replying to Barishal’s 152, Khulna needed 29 runs in the last 12 balls. Shaidul Islam and Ariful only managed seven runs from the 19th over bowled by Taskin Ahmed. In the last over, they needed 22 runs to win the game.
Ariful struck two sixes off first two balls over the long-on area. He declined a single in the third ball. And in the four and fifth ball, he smashed two more sixes, and this time over the mid-wicket area, which has ensured a win for Khulna.
Ariful remained unbeaten for 48 off 34 balls. Before scoring 24 runs off the last five balls of the match, Ariful were at 24 off 29 balls.
Before Ariful’s upturn, top-order of Khulna displayed disappointing batting performance. The openers, Anamul Haque (4) and Imrul Kayes (0) failed to help the team at the top of the order while Shakib Al Hasan (15) and captain Mahmudullah Riyad (17) failed to go on riding on their solid start.
After losing four wickets for 36 runs, Khulan were stuttering in the middle. But in the fifth wicket stand, Jahurul Islam (31) and Shamim Hossain (26) added 42 runs to keep their team alive in the race.
But, while posting 122 on the board, both of Jahurul and Shamim returned to the dressing room. The onus was on Shaidul and Ariful to score the remaining 32 runs to seal the game, and they did it in style.
Khulna ended on 155 for six in 19.5 overs and won the game by 4 wickets.
For Barishal, the pace-bowling duo- Taskin Ahmed and Sumon Khan- bagged two wickets each while Mehidy and Kamrul Islam Rabbi took one wicket each.
Earlier, Barishal posted 152 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Parvez Hossain Emon, the member of Bangladesh’s U-19 World Cup-winning team, hit 51 off 42 with three fours and four sixes. His U-19 teammate Towhid Hridoy was the second-highest runs scorer for Barishal posting 27 while Mahidul Islam Ankon scored 21. Tamim Iqbal (15), Afif Hossain (2) and Irfaan Shukkur (11) failed to well in this game. They eventually, ended up on 151 for 9.
For Khulna, right-arm pacer Shahidul Islam bagged four wickets conceding 17 runs in four overs while Shaiful Islam and Hasan Mahmud took two wickets each. Shakib Al Hasan, in his comeback game, took one wicket.
In the opening game of Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020, Minister Group Rajshahi stunned Beximco Dhaka winning the game by two runs at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Despite hitting three sixes in the 19th over, Muktar Ali failed to score nine runs in the last over bowled by Mehedi Hasan, which resulted in a two-run defeat for Mushfiqur Rahim-led Dhaka.
Dhaka needed to amass 36 runs in the last three overs to reach a target of 170 runs in 20 overs. In the 18th over, bowled by Ebadat Hossain, Dhaka managed only six runs. But they made a good comeback in the 19th over, bowled by Farhad Reza, scoring 21 runs riding on the three sixes by Muktar.
They needed nine runs in the last over. Muktar missed the first three balls bowled cleverly by Mehedi. Muktar hit a four off the fourth ball. The very next delivery was a no-ball. The right-handed Muktar disappointed Dhaka in the fifth ball— he failed to score anything. And in the last ball, he managed a mere single.
Eventually, Dhaka ended up on 167 for five and lost the game by two runs.
Replying to Rajshahi’s 169, Dhaka posted 55 runs losing first three wickets— Tazid Hasan (18), Yasir Ali (9), Mohammad Naim (26). In the fourth wicket stand, Mushfiqur and Akbar Ali added 71 runs. Akbar fell prey to Farhad Reza for 34 while hitting a boundary, and Mushfiqur added 41 to the board. Mushfiqur was dismissed by Ebadat while playing a scoop.
Sabbir Rahman and Muktar remained unbeaten for five and 27 respectively.
For Rajshahi, Mehedi, Ebadat, Farhad and Arafat Sunny bagged one wicket each.
Earlier, Mehedi smashed 50 off 32 balls with three fours and four sixes to propel his team to 169 for nine in 20 overs.
Mushfiqur, the captain of Dhaka, won the toss and sent Rajshahi to bat first. Najmul Hossain Shanto, captain of Rajshahi and Anisul Islam Emon added 31 runs in 3.5 overs opening the innings.
Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed scalped the first wicket removing Najmul for 17 off 16 balls with two sixes. While going to 65 from 31, Rajshahi lost four more wickets— Rony Taluker (6), Mohammad Ashraful (5), Emon (35) and Fazle Mahmud (0).
But in the sixth wicket stand, Nurul Hasan and Mehedi added 89 runs. Nurul made 39 off 20 balls with two fours and three sixes. And, Mehedi smashed the first fifty of the event in style. Eventually, Rajshahi posted 169 for nine in 20 overs.
For Dhaka, Muktar Ali took three wickets conceding 22 in four overs while Mehedi Hasan Rana, Nasum Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan took one wicket each.
In the second game of the day, Gemcon Khulna took on Fortune Barishal at the same venue. This match will be marked as Shakib Al Hasan’s comeback after serving a two-year ban, with one year is suspended, which was imposed on the allrounder by the ICC due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him by the bookmakers.
The first matches will take place at 1:30pm, and the second game will be played at 6:30. All 24 matches of this event will be played at the same venue. Due to Covid-19 restriction, there will be no spectator in the gallery. However, all the matches will be telecast live by T-Sports, a sports channel.
Starting from November 24, the Bangabandhu T20 Cup will end on December 18. After the league stage of 20 matches, the top fourth and third team will face each other in the Eliminator match, and the winner will march to the second Qualifier while the loser will see their end.
The top two teams in the league phase will take on each other in the Qualifier one. The winner of this game will book a place in the final, and the loser will take on the winner of the Eliminator game in the second Qualifier, and winner of the second Qualifier will advance to the final.
Gemcon Khulna is favourite on paper
Gemcon Khulna is the only team to have roped in two players from the A Category, and they are— Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan. Along with them, Imrul Kayes, Al Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque and Shafiul Islam are the backbone of Gemcon Khulna.
And players like Hasan Mahmud, Shahidul Islam and Zakir Hasan also added extra power to the armoury of Khulna. Overall, they hold the favourite tag in this event.
Squad of Gemcon Khulna: Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Hasan Mahmud, Al Amin Hossian, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Shamim Patowary, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Shohidul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Salman Hossain, Jahurul Islam Omi
Liton, Soumya are the stars in Chattogram’s arsenal
Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar have the ability to change the game at any moment. The Gazi Group Chattogram are the lucky enough to rope in the duo. Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain are also key players of this team.
Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and the World Cup-winning U-19 star Rakibul Islam are also gearing up to shine for Gazi Group Chattogram. As always, Chattogram’s coach Mohammad Salahuddin is going to rely on the service of the youngsters of his team.
Squad of Gazi Group Chattogram: Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarker, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Shoriful Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Shamsur Rahman, Nahidul Islam, Md Shykat Ali, Mominul Haque, Rakibul Hasan, Sanjit Saha, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehadi Hasan.
Mushfiqur, Rubel is set to guide Beximco Dhaka
Former Bangladesh captain and right-handed batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was the first player to get a team in the players draft of Bangabandhu T20 Cup. The stalwart will lead Beximco Dhaka under the coaching of Khaled Mahmud. He will have Rubel Hossain as his main weapon in the league.
Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Nayeem Hasan and Abu Hider Rony are the other Dhaka players who have represented Bangladesh in the international circuit. They also have youngsters like Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Shahadat Hossain, who were part of Bangladesh’s World Cup-winning U-19 team.
Squad of Beximco Dhaka: Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Nasum Ahmed, Naeem Sheikh, Naeem Hassan, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Akbar Ali, Yasir Ali Rabbi, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Muktar Ali, Shafiqul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Pinak Ghosh, Robiul Islam Robi
Minister Group Rajshahi has no player from A Category
Despite having a chance to get a player from the top category in the draft, Minister Group Rajshahi opted to take the service of Mohammad Saifuddin.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto will lead Rajshahi in this event. Rajshahi will rely on their pace attack more than the spin-bowling department. They have Ebadat Hossain and Mukidul Islam Mugdho, who have already drawn the attention of the spectators. However, they will miss the service of Saifuddin who has been ruled out for a few matches with an ankle injury.
Squad of Minister Group Rajshai: Mohammad Saifuddin, Sk Mahadi Hasan, Nazmul Hossian Shanto, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Farhad Reza, Mohammad Ashraful, Arafat Sunny, Ebadat Hossian, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Rony Talukder, Anisul Emon, Rezaur Rahman, Jaker Ali Aunik, Rakibul Hasan (Snr), Mukidul Islam Mugdho, Sunzamul Islam
Tamim is not happy with his team Fortune Barishal
“We've made a mistake in the players draft,” this is what Tamim Iqbal, the captain fo Fortune Barishal, said in his first media interaction before the Bangabandhu T20 Cup.
Despite having Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Abu Jayed Rahi, Saif Hassan, Sumon Khan in the squad, Tamim believes they have to go for “something out of the box” to do well in the league. He also said: “If we play according to the traditional plan with this team, we may not get the result we expect. So, we've to do something out of the box.”
Squad of Fortune Barishal: Tamim Iqbal Khan, Afif Hossian Dhrubo, Taskin Ahmed, Irfan Shukkur, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Abu Jayed Rahi, Towhid Hridoy, Tanvir Islam, Sumon Khan, Mohammad Saif Hassan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mahidul Ankon, Pervez Hossain Emon, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Abu Sayem, Sohrawardi Shuvo.
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Right-handed middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman says he is prepared well to prove his mettle in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 starting from November 24.
Sabbir, who is out of form and favour for a long time, says this event is a chance to get back into the reckoning for the national team for the players who are currently out of the national set up.
Sabbir played his last competitive game in October this year in President’s Cup 50-over competition but failed to do well with the bat. He last played for the national team back in September 2019.
“This event is very important for the players who had been waiting to prove their mettle in a bigger stage of the game for a long time. And at the same time, it’s a big opportunity for the players who are out of the national set-up,” Sabbir told the media on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“There is no substitute for working hard. I have been working hard for the last few weeks. In Rajshahi, I batted well for 20 to 25 days. I got the chance to bat at the centre wicket in Rajshahi. I am confident of doing well in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup,” he added.
Sabbir will represent Beximco Dhaka in Bangabandhu T20 Cup. He will have the national starts— Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Hider Rony— as his teammates.
“I am more mature now than I was in the last three-four years. Now, I understand better what I didn’t in the past. To push my game to the next level, I have to do well in the domestic circuit. I believe this event is a good opportunity for me to prove my mettle,” Sabbir further added.
The Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 will begin on November 24 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Along with Beximco Dhaka, other four teams— Minister Group Rajshahi, Fortune Barishal, Gazi Group Chattogram and Gemcon Khulna— will also participate in this event.
Bangladesh pace-bowling allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin hurt his left ankle on Sunday during a practice session of his Bangabandhut T20 Cup team Minister Group Rajshahi, which has ruled him out of the action for at least two weeks.
Saifuddin was Rajshahi’s first choice in the players draft of this event. But for this injury, he won’t be able to play the first few matches for Rajshahi which is a big setback for them.
“Saifuddin injured his left ankle during a practice session for the Rajshahi team. He is now under the observation of the team physio and BCB medical department. This sort of injury takes at least two weeks to get healed. We’ll be able to know his condition better tomorrow,” Hannan Sarkar, the manager of Rajshahi team, told the media on Sunday.
After getting the blow while playing football for warm-up, Saifuddin had to leave the field using a crutch.
Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 will begin on November 24 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Along with Rajshahi, other four teams— Beximco Dhaka, Fortune Barishal, Gazi Group Chattogram and Gemcon Khulna— will also participate in this event.