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Mirpur wicket in spotlight after first phase of BBPL

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Mirpur wicket in spotlight after first phase of BBPL
Players of Comilla Victorians are seen upon their arrival in Chattogram on Wednesday. – BCB PHOTO

The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur isn’t known much for producing high-scoring T20 encounters due to its slow nature of wickets over the years.

As like previous years, it again provided similar low-scoring matches in the first phase day games of the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 where all the participating teams struggled to put up decent totals on board.

However, to everyone’s utter surprise, the evening games provided better matches so far in the tournament with some high-scoring affairs being played across four playing days as the batsmen found it easier to score runs in that time rather than in the day games.

Some suggested that the day games were being played on the wicket filled with moisture due to lack of sunlight which hardly assisted the batsmen while the wickets started to get better for having enough sunlight before the second match of each playing day got underway.

A total of eight matches – four day games and four evening games – had taken place so far in the ongoing T20 tournament in Mirpur and the highest innings total recorded in a day game was Minister Group Dhaka’s 130-6 which they scored in 17.3 overs after restricting Fortune Barishal to 129-8 on Monday.

Teams failed to cross the 120-run mark on four occasions in eight innings in those four matches while there were also two incidents when teams were unable to reach the three-digit mark.

Meanwhile, the evening games provided high-scoring matches from day one of the tournament and Chattogram Challengers’ 190-7 against Khulna Tigers was the highest total recorded so far in the ongoing BBPL.

In six of out eight innings, teams scored more than 150 runs in the evening matches while there was only one incident of a team getting bowled out before reaching the 100-run mark.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin claimed that the local batsmen found it difficult to score runs in the morning games because they didn’t stretch forward as per the requirements of the wicket and condition.

“I agree that there is moisture in the wicket as there is no sunlight but in these cases, batsmen have to stretch forward to score runs. You look at Howell or Will Jacks and see what they’re doing,” Minhajul told The Daily Sun.

“They are going forward enough to make sure they reduce the swing of the bowler and as a result, they’re able to play their shots,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mahmudullah (124), Benny Howell (112) and Tamim Iqbal (105) finished the first Dhaka phase as top three run-getters while Nazmul Islam (seven wickets) led the bowlers’ list followed by Mehidy Hasan and Shoriful Islam, who claimed six wickets each in Dhaka phase.

Comilla Victorians are the only unbeaten team so far in the tournament as they won both their games while Dhaka could only win one match from their four outings.