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BPL 4 team review: Chittagong, from despair to joy and finally, dejection

  • Published at 11:49 pm December 7th, 2016
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BPL 4 team review: Chittagong, from despair to joy and finally, dejection
Chittagong Vikings were labelled one of the tournament favourites prior to the start of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2016-17 season, thanks to big names like captain and icon Tamim Iqbal, fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith. The acquisition of Windies big-hitter Chris Gayle only added to the excitement of the port city fans. However, much to the disappointment of the supporters, Chittagong finished the round robin stage at third before going on to lose the Eliminator against Rajshahi Kings last Tuesday in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Chittagong finished at the bottom last time around. Compared to their previous edition finish, the port city outfit performed pretty well this year. With that said, their team strength and balance were one of the strongest of the tournament and hence, they were termed one of the title contenders. In that aspect, finishing fourth will disappoint to them. [caption id="attachment_38884" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Chittagong's fantastic four all shone brightly, be it with the bat or ball, but a lack of a collective performance meant they were unable to reach the final DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Chittagong started their campaign by winning against defending champion Comilla Victorians. But then they lost four matches in a row which certainly pointed towards a lack of confidence. But they came back strong in Chittgaong phase of the tournament, winning their next five matches. However, they lost their last two round robin matches and failed to seal a spot in the top two. That proved to be costly as Khulna Titans leapfrogged them to number two position and consigned Chittagong to the Eliminator. Chittagong were not up to the mark against Rajshahi in the Eliminator, especially their batting. Chittagong probably fell 20 runs short of their desired target on a good batting pitch. Their bowlers though bowled well and took them on the verge of victory. But Rajshahi skipper Darren Sammy played an incredible innings as Chittagong ended the tournament empry-handed. Chittgagong were heavily dependent on Tamim and foreign players in the shape of Malik and Nabi. Gayle joined the party in the last four matches of the round robin stage but was unable to do justice to his name. Local players [caption id="attachment_38883" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Chittagong fast bowler Taskin Ahmed enjoyed a productive campaign, picking up 15 wickets COURTESY[/caption] Tamim was in staggering form right throughout the tournament, ending up as the highest run-scorer. The Chittagong lad scored 476 runs in 13 innings at an average of 43.27 and a strike rate of 115.81. He scored six half-centuries. But apart from Tamim, no other local batsman rose to the occasion and failed to provide support to the captain. Anamul Haque scored 250 runs in 13 innings at an average of 22.72. Jahurul Islam scored 161 runs in 13 innings at an average of 20.12. Taskin Ahmed was the main strike bowler for Chittagong as the youngster had a productive tournament. The right-arm fast bowler took 15 wickets in 11 innings. The veteran Abdur Razzak played only six matches and was unable to make any impact, taking only three wickets in six innings. Foreign players [caption id="attachment_38882" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Chittagong's Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi goes big during the ongoing BPL 4 DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Nabi was outstanding with both bat and ball. He bagged 19 wickets in 13 innings at a good economy of 6.87. He also scored 230 runs at an average of 32.85. Malik was also in good touch with the willow. The experienced right-hander scored 292 runs in nine innings at an average of 41.71. Pakistan seamer Imran Khan bowled economically, notching 11 wickets. Smith though was below average, scoring 163 runs in eight innings at an average of 20.37. Arguably, the best batsman in T20 cricket, Gayle joined the side before the business stage of the competition but could not score big. He scored 109 runs in his five innings. Tymal Mills English pacer had an impressive start but could not able to continue his form. He took 5 wickets form 3 matches. Squad Local players Abdur Razzak (bowler), Anamul Haque (wicketkeeper/batsman), Jahurul Islam (wicketkeeper/batsman, Jubair Hossain (bowler), Nazmul Hossain Milon (batsman), Saqlain Sajib (bowler), Shahidul Islam (bowler), Subashish Roy (bowler), Tamim Iqbal (batsman), Taskin Ahmed (bowler), Yasir Ali (batsman) and Zakir Hasan (Batsman). Foreign players Chaturanga de Silva (Sri Lanka/all-rounder), Grant Elliott (New Zealand/all-rounder), Chris Gayle (West Indies/batsman), Imran Khan (Pakistan/bowler), Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka/all-rounder), Tymal Mills (England/bowler), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan/all-rounder), Shoaib Malik (Pakistan/all-rounder) and Dwayne Smith (West Indies/all-rounder). Last 12 match: WLLLLWWWWWLLL BPL 4 Statistics:
Most runs
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
Tamim Iqbal 13 13 2 476 75 43.27 411 115.81 0 6 1 53 11
Shoaib Malik 10 9 2 292 67* 41.71 217 134.56 0 2 0 23 10
Anamul Haque 13 13 2 250 50 22.72 222 112.61 0 1 1 20 7
Mohammad Nabi 13 10 3 230 87* 32.85 132 174.24 0 1 1 17 12
DR Smith 8 8 0 163 69 20.37 135 120.74 0 1 1 19 6
Jahurul Islam 13 12 4 161 36 20.12 143 112.58 0 0 0 14 3
CH Gayle 5 5 0 109 44 21.80 88 123.86 0 0 0 7 10
Zakir Hasan 10 5 1 32 9* 8.00 52 61.53 0 0 0 3 0
Nazmul Hossain Milon 5 3 1 25 13 12.50 18 138.88 0 0 0 3 0
Mahmudul Hasan 2 1 0 20 20 20.00 22 90.90 0 0 0 1 0
 
Most wickets
Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5
Mohammad Nabi 13 13 44.0 0 285 19 4/24 15.00 6.47 13.8 1 0
Taskin Ahmed 11 11 39.2 0 319 15 5/31 21.26 8.11 15.7 0 1
Imran Khan 9 9 34.4 0 227 11 2/16 20.63 6.54 18.9 0 0
Subashis Roy 9 8 29.0 0 222 7 2/16 31.71 7.65 24.8 0 0
TS Mills 3 3 11.0 0 83 5 3/25 16.60 7.54 13.2 0 0
Saqlain Sajib 8 8 27.0 0 167 5 2/9 33.40 6.18 32.4 0 0
Abdur Razzak 6 6 21.0 2 137 3 1/17 45.66 6.52 42.0 0 0
Shoaib Malik 10 7 14.0 0 95 2 1/15 47.50 6.78 42.0 0 0
GD Elliott 3 2 6.0 0 52 1 1/23 52.00 8.66 36.0 0 0
DR Smith 8 4 9.0 0 94 1 1/21 94.00 10.44 54.0 0 0

Statistics source: ESPNcricinfo