Khulna Titans v Comilla Victorians
Pooran flops again
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran was considered one of the big-hitters prior to the start of the ongoing fourth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20. However, the left-hander has repeatedly failed to score big for Khulna and got out on countless occasions after promising starts. It was no different against Comilla as Pooran scored 14 runs from eight deliveries before being dismissed. Among these 14 runs, he struck a four and a six but got out while trying to clear the rope off a slower delivery from Comilla captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza. In his last eight innings, excluding Friday’s 14, Pooran has scored 18, 28, eight not out, 16, 12, 29, nought and 14. In total, he has 139 runs in nine innings in BPL 4 with an average of 17.37 and a strike rate of 114.87. If Khulna are to go far in the tournament, then they need an in-form Pooran, who has enough fire-power to clear the fence.
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Comilla Victorians captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza goes big against Khulna Titans in Mirpur on Friday DHAKA TRIBUNE
Mashrafe displayed an all-round performance against Khulna. Holders Comilla were below average in the first phase of the tournament, losing eight matches in a row at one stage. But the win against Khulna was their third consecutive victory. And it was Mashrafe who again led from the front. With the ball, the charismatic captain bowled a superb spell, taking three important wickets – Hasanuzzaman, Pooran and Abdul Mazid. While with the bat, Mashrafe played a little cameo at the middle juncture of Comilla's innings to set the tone for the rest of the batsmen. During his 11-ball 20, Mashrafe smashed three huge sixes over long-on. Two of the sixers came against opposition captain Mahmudullah while the third one was hit against seamer Benny Howell. It was an entertaining knock for the Mirpur crowd who cheered every Mashrafe run.
Dhaka Dynamites v Chittagong Vikings
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The Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was packed to its rafters prior to the Dhaka Dynamites-Chittagong Vikings clash DHAKA TRIBUNE
The heavyweight clash between table-toppers Dhaka and the in-form Chittagong was witnessed by a sell-out Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium weekend crowd. Not even a single seat was available as the 26,000 capacity venue was filled to its rafters. That it was a holiday only added to the excitement. However, there were still some controversies as it was learned that some spectators, despite having tickets, were unable to enter the stadium, thus paving the way for quite a few eyebrows to be raised. But overall, it was a great sight for Bangladesh cricket.
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Chittagong captain Tamim Iqbal pierces the point and backward point region DHAKA TRIBUNE
Tamim continues brilliant run
Chittagong captain Tamim Iqbal has been in terrific form in BPL 4 so far. The stylish left-hander struck his third consecutive fifty, and fifth overall, as he went on to smash a magnificent 59-ball 74, featuring six fours and three huge sixes. His eye-catching sixes over cover and long-on region off pacer Dwayne Bravo were perhaps the most impressive shots of his innings. The 27-year old is now the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 425 runs in 11 games at an average of 47.22. With that said, his magnificent half century went in vain as Chittagong eventually went on to lose by six wickets. But Tamim’s form will definitely inspire the side in the business stages of the competition.