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Local bowlers outshine batsmen in top 10

BPL last phase from tomorrow in Dhaka
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Local bowlers outshine batsmen in top 10

Comilla Victorians, the BPL champion of the 2015 season, showcased the best performance than its BPL rivals in the third phase of the ongoing blockbuster Twenty20 Tournament of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Chittagong. The last and fourth phase matches of the BPL-5 will start from tomorrow (Saturday) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital. The BPL franchisee team finished with the pole position after the conclusion of the third phase. They have played three-match in the port city. Of them, they though lost their opener to Rajshahi Kings and then won two back-to-back crucial matches against Khulna Titans by nine wickets and Dhaka Dynamites by 12 runs.   

By beating the star-studded Dhaka Dynamites in the phase-ending fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) on Wednesday, the 2015 BPL champions climbed to the top position.

They are the first BPL team, who sealed their berth in the next round of the top-four clash with 14 points what they racked up from nine outings, whereby they won seven and lost just two matches.  

Second-placed Khulna Titans, who are yet to lift BPL title, narrowly followed their suits with 13 points what they chalked up by playing one match more than the table-toppers, Comilla Victorians.

Defending champions Dhaka Dynamites, who are currently languishing at third position with 11 points what they mustered by playing the identical number of matches like Titans. Despite having an enviable batting and bowling muscles, their position on the points table have been shaky after losing some close games. If they would not lose the matches, they would then be top on the BPL’s points table.

Rangpur Riders, who have been rejuvenated after the arrival of the marquee T20 batsmen Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, lit up their billings for the knockout phase after winning some important matches with their icon-turned-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s flamboyant role that actually played a catalyst role behind the team’s success.

Rajshahi Kingsm and Sylhet Sixers, who are wallowing at the fifth and sixth position, played the same number of 10 matches and finished the phase with eight and seven points respectively.

Even though Chittagong Vikings ensured their derailment from the competition after losing their last encounter at home yard, both Rajshahi and Sylhet Sixers mathematically are in the competition race. If they lose any of their rest two matches, they will then be dropped from the race.

Local bowlers showed their ascendancy with cherry as there is no overseas bowlers in the top-five but three bowlers including Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami and Dwayne Bravo are in the top 10-bowlers.

Fast bowler Abu Jayed Rahi of Khulna Titans topped on the table with 15. Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed followed him with 13 wickets each. Abu Haider Rony of Dhaka Dynamites and Mohammad Saifuddin of Comilla Victorians have been placed fourth and fifth with the identical 12 wickets apiece.

But foreign batsmen were ahead of the local batsmen, wherein only Titans icon and captain Mahmudullah Riyad is in the top five with 263 runs. Three batsmen including Ravi Bopara of Victorians, Evin Lewis ( Dynamites), Luke Ronchi of Chittagong Vikings did more runs than Riyad. The indomitable trio scored 322, 320 and 273 respectively. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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