Barisal Bulls v Dhaka Dynamites
Barisal's boundary drought
Barisal skipper Mushfiqur Rahim played a good innings of 36 runs from 30 deliveries. But the other batsmen were not up to the mark and eventually paid the price as Barisal posted a modest total of 132 on a good batting wicket. Opening batsman Shahriar Nafees was out for three from 13 balls, Jeevan Mendis scored seven from 13 balls, Nadif Chowdhury made 21 from 25 balls while big-hitter Thisara Perera crafted a run-a-ball 15, summing up Barisal's batting misery. Barisal even failed to hit a boundary for 39 balls in the middle part of their innings – from the 12th over to 18.3 overs. Thirty nine balls without a boundary is certainly not ideal on a good batting pitch. As a result, Barisal perhaps fell 15-20 runs short of their desired target, which eventually cost them the game.
Chittagong Vikings v Rangpur Riders
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Rangpur Riders' Shahid Afridi got the better of Chittagong Vikings' Chris Gayle after being hit for two consecutive sixes DHAKA TRIBUNE
Crowd gather for Gayle-Afridi battle
It was almost a full house in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium during the evening match between Rangpur and Chittagong. One of the reasons behind the gathering of the packed crowd might have been due to the clash between the two biggest hitters of world cricket – Afridi and Gayle. Afridi is playing for Rangpur while Gayle is featuring for the port city outfit. The mouthwatering battle was initiated when Gayle hit two huge sixes off Afridi. Afridi though had the last laugh as he dismissed Gayle off the very next ball. Gayle tried to hit his third six in a row only to top-edge the delivery onto the hands of Anwar Ali at short mid-wicket.
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Chittagong opening batsman Gayle started his BPL 4 campaign on a bright note DHAKA TRIBUNE
Gayle's four sixes in his first BPL 4 knock
So far in the Bangladesh Premier League, Gayle has featured in 10 matches. The hard-hitter smashed 50 sixes in those matches and started off his BPL 4 campaign with four sixes. The left-hander eventually made a 26-ball 40. Gayle was a bit slow to begin with, taking his time to settle down at the crease and adapting to the conditions. Rangpur opening bowler Sohag Gazi bowled brilliantly in his first spell with the exception of the last two balls. He gave only 11 runs from his 3.4 overs of bowling. But Gayle smacked his final two balls for sixes – through long off and long on - to ruin his good spell of bowling. Later, Gayle hammered two more sixes off Afridi in the ninth over. The first one was hit over deep square leg while the next one was hoicked over long on. With these four sixes, Gayle took his BPL sixers tally to 54. If Gayle continues with his big-hitting exploits, it can only mean one thing – the SBNS in Mirpur will rain sixes in the coming days.