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Cumilla clinch nail-biter against league leader

  • Published at 08:47 pm December 31st, 2019
Cumilla Warriors' Dawid Malan plays a shot during their BBPL match against Chattogram Challengers in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Dawid Malan was adjudged man-of-the-match for his captain’s knock

Cumilla Warriors clinched a thriller against Chattogram Challengers, winning by two wickets on the last ball of their Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 match in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

Chasing 160, Cumilla were cruising at 134/3 after 16 overs. 

However, a string of wickets following Sabbir Rahman’s (18) dismissal brought the game right back on to a knife’s edge.

Chattogram conceded a total of only 10 runs in the 17th, 18th and 19th overs, leaving Cumilla in need of 16 runs off the last over for victory. 

A four and a six from Abu Haider and a boundary from Mujeeb Ur Rahman off the last ball closed out the match.

Malan is caught short of the crease Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Dawid Malan, the top-scorer for Cumilla with 74 off 51 deliveries, was run out on the second last ball of the match. 

Sanjamul Islam initially came out to the crease to face the final ball, but the Cumilla team management decided to send in Mujeeb instead at the last moment. 

As a result, Sanjamul was shown as retired out in the official scorecard.

Malan was adjudged man-of-the-match for his captain’s knock.

Earlier, Chattogram posted 159 in 20 overs, riding on a century opening stand from openers Lendl Simmons and Junaid Siddique.

 Chattogram's Nurul Hasan is cleaned up Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The first wicket fell after 103 runs had been scored, with Junaid dismissed for 45. 

Simmons picked up a half-century, scoring 54 off 34 deliveries.

Despite the brilliant start, Chattogram could not register a big total in the end. 

All-rounder Ziaur Rahman scored 34 off 21 deliveries with four sixes in the late stages, but received little support.

Soumya Sarkar picked up two wickets for Cumilla.



Simmons c Sanjamul Islam b Soumya     54    34

Junaid run out (Mujeeb)            45    37

Walton c Robiul b Sanjamul        9    10

Burl c Sabbir b Soumya             2    7

Nurul b Wiese                4    7

Ziaur not out                34    21

Plunkett c Soumya b Al-Amin         4    4

Pinak not out                0    0

Extras (lb 5, w 2)            7 

Total (20 Overs)                159/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-103 (Simmons), 2-104 (Junaid), 3-107 (Burl), 4-116 (Walton), 5-139 (Nurul), 6-152 (Plunkett)


Mujeeb 4-0-18-0, Haider 2-0-17-0, Al-Amin 4-0-40-1, Wiese 2-0-26-1, Sanjamul 4-0-33-1, Soumya 4-0-20-2


Robiul b Rana            17    19

Van Zyl c Nasum b Plunkett    22    12

Malan run out (Simmons/Nurul)    74    51

Soumya c Rana b Ziaur         6    5

Sabbir c Plunkett b Burl        18    15

Wiese b Rubel             1    7

Ankon c Pinak b Rubel         0    2

Haider not out            12    8

Sanjamul retired out        0    0

Mujeeb not out            4    1

Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 2)        7 

Total (20 Overs)            161/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-30 (Van Zyl), 2-61 (Robiul), 3-70 (Soumya), 4-134 (Sabbir), 5-135 (Wiese), 6-135 (Ankon), 7-157 (Malan), 8-157 (Sanjamul)


Rubel 4-0-16-2, Rana 3-0-31-1, Nasum 2-0-18-0, Plunkett 4-0-46-1, Ziaur 4-0-36-1, Burl 3-0-9-1

Cumilla Warriors won by two wickets

MoM: Dawid Malan (CW)

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