Chittagong Vikings beat the Comilla Victorians by 29 runs. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.
Today, the Bangladesh Premier League officially restarted with the Vikings stamping their authority with aggression by beating former champions Comilla Victorians. Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik helped them set up a fighting total earlier in the day which then went well with the man of the match worthy performance of Mohammed Nabi, who took a 4 wicket haul.
Tamim quickly got to his 50 in just 32 balls when his team was on 69 for 1 at the end of the ninth over. The trouble of him running between the wickets with his partner was imminent and headed for a collision course and that’s exactly what happened. Tamim ran for a second despite Anamul calling no after pushing to long-on. Tamim was dropped on 23 by Nahidul Islam was furious at this moment. Anamul was also run-out after backing up too far and Marlon Samuels hitting the the stumps at the non-strikers end.
The Vikings’s innings was looking like a disaster but a 60 run partnership by Shoaib Malik and Jahurul Islam took then to 161, which proved to be enough. Malik added a 42 of 28 balls with 2 sixes and Jahurul contributed with 29 of 21 balls.
Nabi’s first scalps were Liton Das and the big hitter Ashar Zaidi in the eighth and tenth over, to make the Victorians fall back to 58 for 4. The first 2 wickets were Imrul Kayes, fishing outside off, and Marlon Samuels, who sent a catch down the throat of mid wicket. Mashrafe Mortaza promoted himself to number 6 in hope to save the slowly dying run chase but was dismissed by Tymal Mills and Imad Wasim followed him back 4 balls later. Nabi got his next two wickets by trapping Sohail Tanvir in front and bowling Al-Amin Hossain.
Debutant, Nazmul Hossain Shantu, watched his team crumble but provided some resistance from the other end by making 54 not out and showed some entertainment in the last over by hitting Taskin Ahmed for 4 consecutive boundaries but it came too late of the Victorians.
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