Comilla Victorians dethrones Chattrogram and takes top spot
CRICDOT DESK : Comilla Victorians have risen to the top of the points table after defeating Chittagong Challengers by 52 runs in Sagarika. Challengers were reduced to 131 runs after batting for 183 runs. Comilla Victorians batted first and scored 163 runs in the devastating innings of Faf du Plessis and Cameron Delport. Batting in reply, Chittagong lost all their wickets in 18.3 overs and stopped the innings at 131 runs.
The Chittagong batsmen started batting from the very beginning after batting at the target of 164 runs. Lewis, who bought the failed opener throughout the tournament, is still back with just 4 runs. Afif Hossain, who came down to number three, could not do much for the team today. He returned to the head of the team’s 9 runs. Sabbir Rahman failed again today despite hints to return to form in the last two matches. Sabbir returned with 5 runs off 6 balls.
Then Mehedi Hasan Miraj came to the crease and left the team after losing the captaincy a match before the match. But today he could not be a partner of Will Jacques. Miraj also returned with 10 runs off 9 balls with Nahidul. Incumbent Chittagong captain Naeem Islam came to bat after Miraj. Naeem returned to the pavilion after scoring 6 runs off 5 balls. Chittagong scored 6 runs for 5 wickets.
Will Jacques, another opener from Chittagong, was the only survivor of the wicket procession. The batsman ruled the Comilla bowlers and scored 69 off 42 balls. When Tanvir Islam was bowled and he returned to the pavilion, the team scored 123 runs for 8 wickets. Will Jacques did not last long after his return. In the end Chittagong was all out for 131 runs in 16.3 overs.
Nahidul Islam took 3 wickets for 17 runs in 3 overs for Comilla. Besides, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanvir Islam and Shahidul Islam took 2 wickets each.
Earlier, Comilla did not have a good start after losing the toss and opting to bat. Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy returned with just 1 run. However, another opener Liton Das made a great start. Did not get half century for only 3 runs. He made 46 off 34 balls with 5 fours and 1 six.
Although Lytton returned, Du Plessis did not stop the pace of the team’s run. Comilla captain returned with just 1 run. Plessis then became a Delport partner. In the violence of the two, he brought a collection of fighters to Comilla. Both of them got to see Fifty. Plessis was unbeaten on 63 off 40 balls with four fours and three sixes. In his 55-ball innings, he had six fours and three sixes. Delport, on the other hand, batted explosively. Fifty picked up only 22 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. He was unbeaten on 51 runs. Nasum Ahmed took 2 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs for Chittagong.
Imrul Kayes (captain), Faf du Plessis, Ariful Haque, Liton Das (wicket keeper), Shahidul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Tanvir Islam, Cameron Delport, Karim Janat, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Mostafizur Rahman.
Kenar Lewis, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Benny Howell, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Naeem Islam (captain), Jack Wills, Shariful Islam, Reyazur Rahman Raja, Mrityunjay Chowdhury and Nasum Ahmed.