Barisal Bulls beat the Comilla Victorians by 6 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.
The Bulls got their first win of the tournament by beating defending champions, the Victorians. The Bull got the game in the bag when their fourth wicket partnership between Thisara Perera and Mushfiqur Rahim scored a 49. The Victorians are going to have some questions about their brittle batting line-up where as their bowling looks immaculate.
The Bulls were set 130 to seal their victory, which started of pretty well when Dilshan Munaweera struck two delightful fours but was caught at mid-off in the fifth over. In came Dawid Malan, who quickly restored the pressure on the Victorians by smashing two consecutive fours from his first two balls. The captain came to bowl, Mashrafe Mortaza, who only gave 26 runs in 6 overs with Nabil Samad which took the required run rate up by 2 runs to 8.55. This resulted in a wild slog from Shamsur Rahman which went straight down the throat of long on to finish a slow 16 in the 11th over.
Mushfiqur broke the shackles by a smashing a six with a slog sweep in the 12th over; Malan then edged a ball for 4 but was caught the very next ball at cover for 26. Mashrafe finished his spell with no wickets and gave 21 runs and the Bull still needed 52 from 36 balls. Mushiqur and Perera struck boundaries to Sohail Tanvir and Mohammed Sharif. The Bulls came back into control when Imad Wasim conceded 17 runs in the 17th over with one six from each batsman.
When Mushfiqur edged one to the keeper from Tanvir, the Bulls had their hearts in their mouth but Perera eased the pressure by two boundaries in the second last over to complete the match with 9 balls to spare.
Earlier in the day, the Victorians were in deep trouble when they were 73 for 6 but a 38 run partnership from Marlon Samuels and Sohail Tanvir took them to 129. Samuels came in at the ending of the 4th over when both openers fell. He was involved in run outs of Wasim and Shanto and saw from the other end wickets of Liton and Nahidul. So his heroic innings started with 2 fours to Al-Amin Hossain and nearly smashed Perera back to where he came from.
Tanvir joined the party with six over mid wicket to get his ball rolling. Tanvir was dropped by Mahedi Hasan, who dropped a sitter when the ball hit him the face then the ground. After Samuels was sent back for a 48 from an equal number of balls, Tanvir struck 2 sixes in the last over for his unbeaten 30 off 19 balls giving the Victorians some late runs but it was not enough in the end.
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