Young batting prodigy Afif Hossain scored a scintillating 98-run knock to help Nazmul XI reach the top of the points table in the ongoing BCB Presidents Cup.
Nazmul XI demolished Mahmudullah XI by 131 runs in the fourth match of the tournament at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday to make a giant stride towards of the final of the BCB President’s Cup.
They lost their only match to Tamim XI by 42 runs while Mahmudullah XI in contrast registered four-wicket win over Tamim XI. Mushfiqur Rahim who hit a century in the previous match continued his good form with 52 to give Afif an apt support.
Irfan Shukkur was the other notable scorer with 31 ball-44 not out, which helped the side propel past 250. Afif and Mushfiqur shared 147-run for the fourth wicket stand after Nazmul XI who was sent to bat first was left to tittering 31-3. But the stand was dominated by Afif who clattered a dozen of boundaries and one six.
He played in aggressive manner to deny Mahmudullah XI bowlers taking advantage of initial batting collapse.
Mushfiqur Rahim took 16 balls to open his account and always looked bit shaky though still he found some way to reach fifty off 88 balls.
Afif meanwhile approached to his century, but only denied being trapped to run-out due to the misunderstanding between him and Mushfiqur Rahim.
The platform set by Mushfiqur and Afif was well utilized by Towhid Ridoy and Irfan Shukkur who added 70 runs. Ridoy scored 27 before being dismissed by Ebadot but Shukkur showed his big hitting prowess at the death overs to keep Nazmul XI rolling.
Thanks to his big hitting, which included four boundaries and two sixes, Nazmul XI set a daunting target for Mahmudullah XI.
Fast bowler Rubel Hossain snapped up 3-53 while Ebadot Hossain grabbed 2-60. Mahmudullah XI led by Mahmudullah Riyad was nowhere near to challenge the score as they lost wickets at regular intervals to make it tougher for themselves.
Liton Das and Nurul Hasan Sohan was the joint highest scorer for them with with run-a-ball-27 runs which included five fours and 36 ball-27 not out respectively. No batsman could reach 20 runs mark apart from them, a testament of how badly they fared. Opener Imrul Kayes began the rot, when he edged one to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Al-Amin Hossain bowling for 4.
Mominul Haque looked assured but he fell for unlucky 13 before left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed came up with double blow, dismissing Liton and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (13). They in fact became six down before crossing the 100 runs mark, making it clear that the match will be one-sided one.
Pacer Abu Jayed Rahi and Nasum Ahmed snared three wickets apiece while leg-spinenr Rishad Ahmed bagged two to tear apart Mahmudullah XI’s batting line up. Brief Score: Nazmul XI 264-8 in 50 overs (Afif 98, Mushfiqur 52, Shukkur 44, Ridoy 27, Emon 19; Rubel 3-53, Ebadot 2-60, Sumon Khan 1-52) Mahmudullah XI 133 all out in 32.1 overs (Liton Das 27, Nurul Hasan Sohan 27 not out, Mehidy Miraz 16; Nasum 3-23, Rahi 3-34, Rishad 2-26) Result: Nazmul XI wins by 131 runs.