Crucial Saifuddin double strike in an over
Before BPL 2017 got underway, conceding five consecutive sixes against South Africa’s David Miller certainly hampered the confidence level of Bangladesh and Comilla Victorians all-rounder Saifuddin. People started to ask him questions as to how he can come back and forget the incident. The young all-rounder recently informed that he has already forgotten the incident and vowed to come back to his best in the bowling department. And, he lived upto his words as he bowled brilliantly in their second match, finishing with bowling figure of 3/24 from his quota of four overs. In one over, he picked up the vital wicket of Chittagong Vikings opener Soumya Sarkar and middle-order batsman Anamul Haque, denting the opposition’s good start and restricting them to a low total eventually.
Buttler goes ballistic
England’s Jos Buttler is one of the main attractions in this year’s money-spinning tournament. The wicketkeeper-batsman is playing in his first BPL season. In his very first outing, Buttler scored only two runs. But Buttler Tuesday made a handy 48 off 42 balls with three fours and two huge sixes, batting with control and dominance. Buttler opened the innings with stumper-batsman Liton Kumar Das and formed a 43-run partnership in 4.1 overs before Liton got out. In the meantime, Buttler struck a huge sixer against spinner Sanjamul Islam in the fourth ball of fourth over. Buttler stepped down the track, got to the pitch of the delivery and absolutely clobbered it over long-on. It was more than 100m long and something the crowd dearly enjoyed.
Fletcher, Tharanga stand tall again
So far in three games, West Indies’ Andre Fletcher and Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga have opened the innings for Sylhet Sixers. And on each occasion, these two brought success in terms of providing a good start to their team. In the first match, they formed a 125-run opening stand against Dhaka Dynamites while in the second game, they put on 73 against Comilla. And Tuesday against Rajshahi Kings, Fletcher and Tharanga again formed a 101-run opening partnership, laying the platform for a big total. Tharanga scored 50 off 37 balls with five boundaries and one six while Fletcher made 48 off 30 deliveries with five fours and three sixers. So once again, Sylhet were off to a great start, thanks in no small part to Fletcher and Tharanga.
Plunkett halts Rajshahi chase
Chasing a massive 206, Rajshahi had to start aggressively against Sylhet and they failed to do so. Rajshahi openers Mominul Haque and Luke Wright scored some quick runs and formed a 50-run partnership within 5 overs. Then Sylhet pacer Liam Plunkett did the job for Sylhet, thus halting Rajshahi’s chase. Plunkett picked up the important wicket of Mominul, who played well during his 24 off 16 balls. Plunkett also bagged the wicket of No 3 batsman Rony Talukdar, who scored a fine 47 in their last match. So, two wickets in three balls by English paceman Plunkett and as a result, Rajshahi were on the backfoot from which they never really recovered.