The experienced Afghanistan cricketer first smashed a blistering 87 to guide Chittagong to a huge total of 190/5 in 20 overs. Later, he picked up 1/24 from his four overs while fast bowler Taskin Ahmed bagged five wickets as Rajshahi were restricted to 171/9.
After being asked to bat first, Chittagong lost skipper Tamim Iqbal for five when youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz trapped the in-form opening batsman.
The other opener, West Indian Dwayne Smith soon departed off the bowling of Abul Hasan but not before hitting a quick 19-ball 34.
Left-arm spinner Samit Patel then dismissed New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott (eight) and Jahurul Islam (two) in quick succession as Chittagong once again found themselves struggling.
But Anamul Haque and Nabi held the ship together, scoring some quick runs. The fifth wicket pair added 105 runs to deny Rajshahi from running away with the game.
Anamul was dismissed after scoring 50 off 40 deliveries with two sixes and four fours but Nabi was in no mood to throw away his good start as he struck some lusty blows to reach his fifty in just 25 balls.
The 31-year old launched into the Rajshahi bowlers, especially Abul Hasan in the 18th over when he smashed three fours and a six. Chittagong blasted 76 runs in their last five overs.
Nabi remained unbeaten on 87 off just 37 balls with half a dozen over boundaries and equal number of boundaries to give the Chittagong bowlers a huge total to defend.
Rajshahi replied well, adding 44 runs for the opening wicket with Mominul Haque scoring 22 and Junaid Siddique, playing his first match of the tournament, making a quickfire 28-ball 38 with the help of three sixes. But the opening wicket duo soon perished, making life difficult for the batting side.
Sabbir Rahman was the highest scorer with 46 off 30 balls, featuring four sixes and a four, but after his departure, Rajshahi lost their way and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. As it were, there was no set batsman at the crease to take Rajshahi to the finishing line.[caption id="attachment_34380" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Chittagong fast bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrates taking his maiden BPL five-for DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption]
Tigers fast bowler Taskin bowled well, picking up his maiden BPL five-for while Pakistani Imran Khan Jr took two.
Chittagong now have two wins from six matches while Rajshahi have won only one of their four games.BRIEF SCORE Rajshahi Kings 171/9 (Sabbir 46, Siddique 38, Taskin 5/31) lost to Chittagong Vikings 190/5 (Nabi 87*, Anamul 50, Smith 34) by 19 runs WHAT THEY SAID Chittagong Vikings all-rounder Mohammad Nabi Yes, it's difficult to make a comeback after losing four games in a row. The coach (Mohammad Salahuddin) and the captain (Tamim Iqbal) told everyone just to apply our games and give our 100 percent in the ground. We started pretty well in the first six overs. However, we lost a couple of wickets. But in the middle we just applied our game and it was a good total as the pitch was pretty good to bat on. Everybody played very well. Yes, I am very happy to perform, win matches for my team and receiving two man of the match awards in both the wins. I am very happy to perform in Bangladesh. You can see from the last few series against Zimbabwe in home and away that we managed to win both. And we have also performed well in the [2016 World] Twenty20. We have the ability as some of us can play good cricket in the bigger leagues as well. Rajshahi Kings all-rounder Samit Patel We thought it’s a good wicket and that’s why we chose to bat with shorter boundaries. But 190 is 15 too many we thought. We didn’t go right in the death overs but we are still learning as we have an inexperienced death bowling attack. And I think [Abul Hasan] Raju will be a better bowler from [Friday] but I think we will do better in the next game. Yes, we always say at least one guy needs to stay and score around 70-75 when you are chasing a target of 190. And partnerships are key. But we didn’t have the partnership despite having a good start and we knew it's going to be tough and we needed a set batsman, which we didn’t have. We know that we have a few match winners in our team from one to 11 and we got to have the belief as we still have a lot of matches. We would like to qualify for the last four. I think one win will get us the momentum.