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Sylhet outplay Dhaka to clinch first win

Comilla make it two in two

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sylhet outplay Dhaka to clinch first win
Sylhet Sunrisers left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam (right) celebrates a wicket of Minister Group Dhaka batsman in Mirpur on Tuesday. – BCB PHOTO

Sylhet Sunrisers handed Minister Group Dhaka a crushing seven-wicket defeat to register their first win in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam was the chief architect of Sylhet’s thumping win against Dhaka as he claimed 4-18 while pacer Taskin Ahmed and off-spinner Sohag Gazi finished with 3-22 and 2-17 respectively to bowl their opposition all out for 100 runs 18.4 overs.

Opener Anamul Haque then struck run-a-ball 45 while Colin Ingram made 21 not out as Sylhet reached 101-3 in 17 overs to hand Dhaka third defeat in their fourth match of the tournament.

Veteran Mashrafe Mortaza, who featured for the first time in the ongoing tournament, finished with 2-21 in his four overs for Dhaka. Dhaka made a poor start after being sent into bat first as they lost three early wickets and they were reduced to 22-3 within the power-play after Mohammad Shahzad, Tamim and Jahurul Islam all departed with single-digit scores.

Skipper Mahmudullah and Mohammad Naim tried to rebuild their innings with a 40-run stand for the fifth wicket but Nazmul broke the partnership by dismissing the latter after he made 15 off 30 balls.

Naim could feel unlucky as the ball hit his gloves before the on-field umpire Sharfuddoula declared him out for lbw.

Sharfuddoula made another blunder in the same over when he signalled Andre Russell out on another lbw appeal although the reply showed Russell had a big inside-edge which the umpire couldn’t spot.

Dhaka opener Tamim was later involved in a heated word exchange with the reserve umpire on the matter in front of the dressing room.

Nazmul then removed Mahmudullah (33 off 26 balls) in his next over and it brought Mashrafe, who was playing his first competitive game after 402 days, at the crease. Mashrafe gave a straightforward catch to Nazmul in the first ball he faced but the bowler couldn’t cash in the opportunity at that time.

The 38-year old was finally dismissed by Taskin after making just two runs while the bowler also removed Dhaka’s last two batters to bowl them all out with eight balls to spare.

Shuvagata Hom (21 off 16) and Rubel Hossain (12 off six) put up some decent contributions in the late overs to help Dhaka finish with a three-digit score.

Sylhet, in reply, lost Lendl Simmons (16) early but Anamul along with Mohammad Mithun (17) and Ingram put up some handful partnerships to take their side close to the victory. Mithun was dismissed by left-arm spinner Hasan Murad (1-31) while Mashrafe removed Anamul when Sylhet were only two runs away from the victory but it just reduced the margin of defeat in the game.

“The training helped me a lot. I tried to bowl wicket to wicket as there was help in the wicket,” said Nazmul, who needed two stitches after getting an injury on his right hand while fielding against Dhaka in the match.

Meanwhile, in the day’s second match, Comilla Victorians clinched a massive 63-run win over Fortune Barishal to continue their winning run in the tournament.

Riding on BPL debutant Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s 48 runs, Comilla scored 158-7 after being sent into bat first before they bowled out Barishal for 95 runs in 17.3 overs to make it two in two in the tournament.

Comilla’s Nahidul Islam finished with 5-3 in his four overs – the joint best economical bowling figure in the BPL history.