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26 November, 2017 12:44:20 AM
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High-flying Comilla brought down to earth

Sammy’s Rajshahi script comprehensive win
Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg
High-flying Comilla brought down to earth
Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy (L-2nd) congratulates Mohammad Sami who takes four wickets of Comilla Victorians during their BPL-5 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. BCB photo

Darren Sammy’s late onslaught and Mohammad Sami’s deadly bowling brought high flying Comilla Victorians down to the earth by scripting Rajshahi Kings’ comprehensive 30-run victory yesterday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

When the side looked destined to pile up a moderate total, Rajshahi skipper Sammy’s 32-run in the last over off Saifuddin made the score a daunting 185 for seven before Sami’s fiery second spell, including a three-wicket over shattered smoothly-going Comilla’s hope. Tamim Iqbal-led Comilla finally were bowled out for 155 in 19.1 overs with Sami finishing with splendid figure of 4-0-9-4.

Sammy smashed an unbeaten 14 ball-47, an innings studded with one four and six towering sixes to set an imposing target to Comilla who eyed to top the BPL points table, replacing Khulna Titans.

Rajshahi were 153 for seven in penultimate over and Comilla looked to restrict them around 160, which could have been facile target but Sammy came up with marauding batting against Saifuddin who till then was the best bowler with 3-0-18-3. Sammy launched a spectacular attack on Saifuddin to take 32 runs including four sixes and one four in that over to disarray Comilla’s plan. Saifuddin finally returned figures of 4-0-50-3 and his last over-32 runs became the most expensive over in BPL history.

Before the assault of Sammy, Saifuddin’s controlled bowling kept Rajshahi at bay after they elected to bat first. Saifuddin sliced the top order to stall Rajshahi’s progress. He was aided by Hasan Ali and Al-Amin Hossain who joined the party to demolish the middle order amid the resistance of Luke Wright who scored 42 off 36.

Everything was going according to the plan of Comilla until Sammy fired in emphatic fashion in the death overs.

In pursuit of a big total, Comilla suffered a setback as Mohammad Sami struck in the first over to take out his compatriot Fakhar Zaman (2) who was playing his first match in the BPL. Mehedi Hasan Miraj then dismissed Imrul Kayes for naught to leave Comilla four for two in second overs.

Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik counterattacked in style to reverse the pressure on Rajshahi, sharing 87 runs for the third wicket stand. It was broken with the dismissal of Malik who was foxed by the slower delivery Dwayne Smith. Malik hit five fours and two sixes in his 26 ball-45.

Tamim still was there to take the side on course. However Sami came back in the second spell with fire and started with the wicket of Tamim Iqbal and then removed Alok Kapali and Mohammad Saifuddin in the same over to make Comilla 126 for six from 125 for three. Tamim was the highest scorer in the match with 63 off 45, hitting four fours and three sixes. It was Tamim’s first fifty in this edition and helped him go past 4000 T20 runs when he was on 48.

James Franklin then got rid of Joss Buttler to bring a virtual end of the match. However Mustafizur Rahman cleaned up the tail to finish with two wickets but on his first match in BPL after the injury, he wasn’t in impressive form. He gave away 32 runs in 3.1 overs.

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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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