Nasum, Shoriful seal Ctg win over Dhaka

January 23, 2022

Nasum Ahmed’s economic bowling and a four-wicket haul from Shoriful Islam helped Chattogram Challengers to a 30-run win over Minister Group Dhaka in their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Nasum took 3-9 while Shoriful bagged 4-34 to bundle out Dhaka for 131 in 19.5 overs.
Tamim Iqbal was the lone Dhaka player to show some fight, scoring 52 off 45 balls, his econd consecutive fifty in the BPL, but the failures of the other batters led to the sides’ second consecutive defeat.
Earlier, opener Will Jacks scored a quickfire 42 off 24 balls and Benny Howell struck a whirlwind 37 off 19 balls to catapult Chattogram to 161-8 after they were asked to bat first.
Rubel Hossain claimed three wickets while Arafat Sunny, Isuru Udana, Shuvagata Hom and Mahmudullah took one wicket each.
Chasing a challenging 163, Dhaka’s opening pair of Tamim and Mohammad Shahzad made an ideal start, accounting 42 runs inside the power play.
But they couldn’t carry on the momentum once Shahzad departed, giving a catch to Shamim Hossain after scoring a sluggish nine off 12 balls.
Tamim and Jahurul Islam (10 off 12 balls) then added 30 runs for the second wicket but once the former departed off Shoriful Islam, Dhaka lost their way.
From 73-1, Dhaka were reduced to 83-5 after 13.5 overs in a matter of 15 deliveries with Shoriful and Nasum both taking two wickets each.
Dhaka’s hopes were pinned on Andre Russell (12 off 10 balls), but the West Indian skied one of Nasum’s delivery in an attempt to hit a six, which Shamim Hossain gleefully accepted.
In the late order, 16 runs came from Udana’s bat, which only lessened the margin of defeat.
Earlier, Chattogram Challengers lost opener Kemar Lewis (two off nine balls) in just the third over, with Rubel Hossain trapping him leg-before wicket.
But Jacks went great guns in the powerplay, hitting six fours and two sixes to make sure Chattogram reached 50-1 after six overs.
Chattogram innings lost some momentum when Shuvagata Hom removed Jacks and a dangerous looking Sabbir Rahman also departed for 29 off 17 balls off Rubel.
But the lusty blows from Howell took them to a challenging total, which proved to be more than enough in the end.

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