RAJSHAHI KINGS v KHULNA TITANS
Captain cool Mahmudullah
Khulna skipper Mahmudullah played a pivotal role in their nail-biting three-run win against Rajshahi. First, the Mymensingh lad played a superb knock of 32 from just 21 deliveries with three boundaries and a huge six. And despite defending a modest total of 133, the captain kept his cool and shuffled his bowlers well to successfully restrict the opposition. He was brilliant on the field as well. At one stage, Rajshahi needed just seven runs from six balls with three wickets remaining. In the short-version that is T20, one scoring shot is enough to win a match. But Mahmudullah showed his class yet again when he decided to bowl the penultimate over of the match. He duly produced an outstanding over. He took three wickets and snatched the match away from Rajshahi’s grasp. It was really a cool performance from the Khulna skipper.
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The Kings' Abul Hasan Raju is about to execute a slower delivery DHAKA TRIBUNE
Raju five-for in vain
Abul Hasan Raju bowled brilliantly for the Rajshahi Kings but unfortunately ended up on the losing side. Raju took the first five-wicket haul in this year’s Bangladesh Premier League. Rajshahi’s right-arm paceman was right on the money from the very beginning. He took the key wicket of Riki Wessels in his very first over. He again struck in the 18th over when he scalped the dismissals of Mahmudullah and Alok Kapali. He also bagged two wickets in the final over to restrict Khulna Titans to 133. In reply, the all-rounder had the golden chance of winning the match for his side when he came out to bat. At one stage, Rajshahi only needed four runs from as many deliveries. But Raju failed to connect properly and lost his wicket. Rajshahi eventually fell short by just three runs. And thus his brilliant effort with the ball went in vain.
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Mahmudullah makes his way to the dressing room following his dismissal with the team's score on Nelson DHAKA TRIBUNE
Nelson strikes in both innings of the first match
The famous Nelson incident was seen in the first match in both the innings. In Khulna’s innings, both Mahmudullah and Kapali got out when the score read 111. The bowler was Abul. Surprisingly, a wicket felt in Rajshahi's innings as well when the score was 111. This time, Darren Sammy was dismissed off Shafiul Islam’s bowling. The Nelson incident was celebrated by the famous English umpire David Shepherd. Shepherd used to lift one foot off the ground whenever the score reached 111, or multiples thereof. They were regarded as unlucky by Shepherd in a ritual dating back to his childhood cricket team days. The number 111 is known as the "Nelson", and is considered unlucky for the batsman.
CHITTAGONG VIKINGS v RANGPUR RIDERS
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The Riders players celebrate DHAKA TRIBUNE
Anamul’s blistering start ends with unlucky run-out
Chittagong Vikings batsman Anamul Haque Bijoy started his innings against Rangpur Riders with four consecutive boundaries. He came to the crease when both the Chittagong opening batsmen were sent back to the pavilion. The right-hander played some delightful strokes and after four balls, his strike rate was a whopping 400. But the impressive knock came to an end in unlucky fashion. It was a full toss from Liam Dawson in the eighth over and Shoaib Malik skipped down the track and lofted it straight back into the hands of the English spinner, who was unable to hold it. The ball ricocheted back onto the stumps. Anamul was caught short of the crease and the promising innings ended on 25 from 16 balls.
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Soumya Sarkar appeared in good touch before his departure DHAKA TRIBUNE
Soumya’s upper cut
Rangpur's attacking left-handed batsman Soumya Sarkar played an aggressive innings at the top of the order while chasing 125. He played his renowned uppercut off the bowling of Chittagong fast bowler Tymal Mills. Mills came on to bowl in the third over. In his very first ball, he bowled a quick short ball and Soumya delicately played the upper-cut. And the result was, as expected, a six over the third man region. Three balls later, Mills tried another short ball and this time, the result was a boundary. Souyma leaned on his backfoot and played it over backward point for four. Those two shots brought the crowd to their feet as these kind of strokes from Soumya are very familiar for the Bangladesh fans. An on-song Soumya played it quite regularly in the last two years for the national team.