Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) — Former Sri Lanka captain all-rounder Thisara Perera on Sunday joined Comilla Victorians to play in the remaining matches of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The Victorians played three matches so far in the BPL and managed two wins. They were captained by Steve Smith who left the contest due to a nasty hand injury. Imrul Kayes, the left-handed opener, led the Victorians in their last match against Rajshahi Kings.
Thisara Perera played the last BPL back in 2017 for Rangpur Riders and helped them to clinch the title performing well in eight matches.
Thisara came to BPL after some tremendous all-round performance during Sri Lanka’s New Zealand tour. In the three ODIs in New Zealand he scored 4, 140 and 80 respectively and took two wickets.
His inclusion will surely boost the confidence of the Victorians who was upset after losing the service of Steve Smith.
Comilla will play their fourth encounter of the season against Chittagong Vikings on Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at 6:30 pm Sunday.
The Victorians will face off Sylhet Sixers and Khulna Titans in the Sylhet phase of the tournament on 15 and 18 January respectively.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) — Defending champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Rangpur Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rajshahi Kings on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the fifth encounter of the contest.
Rangpur won two of their previous four matches, and in another two, they came up losing to Chittagong Vikings and Dhaka Dynamites. In the most recent match, they were beaten by the newcomer off-spinner Alis Al Islam who recorded a hat-trick and ended the match by taking four wickets.
On the other hand, Rajshahi Kings registered only a win in their three previous matches. The only win of them came against Khulna Titans who are yet to find a win in the ongoing BPL in spite of playing four matches so far.
Rajshahi Kings (Playing XI): Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan(c), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Hafeez, Ryan ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan(w), Laurie Evans, Arafat Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Isuru Udana, Mustafizur Rahman
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Mithun(w), Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Sohag Gazi, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Islam
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) - Winning the toss, Dhaka Dynamites opted to bat first against Sylhet Sixers on Saturday evening at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka won all of their three matches before today’s one. On the other hand, Sylhet came to this match with a win and a loss.
In the previous match, Dhaka beat defending champions Rangpur Riders in the last over thriller when Alis Al Islam, the newcomer to BPL, stole the show with a hat-trick.
And Sylhet Sixers won their last match against Chittagong Vikings by five runs.
Sylhet Sixers (Playing XI): Liton Das(w), David Warner(c), Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Nicholas Pooran, Alok Kapali, Sohail Tanvir, Sandeep Lamichhane, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain
Dhaka Dynamites (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Naim Sheikh, Nurul Hasan(w), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shuvagata Hom, Rubel Hossain, Aliss Islam
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings defeat Khulna Titans after the first-ever super over in the history of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
It was the second win of the Vikings in the season while Khulna suffered fourth loss in a row.
Ariful Haque conceded 18 runs in the last over while the Vikings were struggling to chase down the target of 152 as they needed 19. The Vikings scored 151/8 in 20 overs. So the match went into a tie-breaker in the super over, for the first time in the history of BPL.
Nayeem Hasan struck a six in the second ball of last over while Robbie Frylinck hit two in the fourth and fifth ball. Chittagong failed to score any run barring those three sixes in the last over.
In the super over, Chittagong scored 11 while Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan bowled the only over for Khulna. He also grabbed the wicket of Robbie Frylinck who bowled for Chittagong later and defended the total.
Carlos Brathwaite managed only one in the first ball, but Dawid Malan hit the second ball for a four through the cover. In the third ball, David managed a double but in the fourth ball Brathwaite ran himself out. Stirling was the next batsman of Khulna who scored two in the fifth ball, and they were needed three runs from the last ball but could manage only one run. Eventually, Chittagong Viking won the match.
Earlier, Dawid Malan was the highest run-getter for the Titans as he hit 45 off 43 balls. Titans Captain Mahmudullah Riayd scored 33 off 31 balls after sending Vikings to bat first where they posted 151/6 in 20 overs.
The other Titans batsmen made their fans disappointed as they could not play Vikings bowlers to put a handsome score on the board.
They started the innings with a moderate opening stand of 31 by Paul Stirling and Junaid Siddique. Paul was the first victim of off-spinner Nayeem Hasan. After adding another 10 runs, Junaid disappointed the fan by scoring only 20 runs.
In the third wicket stand, Dawid Malan and Mahmudulla Riyad added 77 runs. But they failed to continue the stand when Malan fell prey to Abu Jayed.
Sunzamul Islam, the left-arm spinner of the Vikings, bagged Mahmudullah and Carlos Brathwaite in two successive deliveries.
After Mahmudullah and Brathwaite have departed, it was Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s responsibility to keep the batting afloat, but the 20-year-old batsman failed once again to take advantage of having a place in the playing XI. He fell after adding only six on the board.
Sunzamul Islam took two wickets for the Vikings while Robbie Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed and Abu Jayed took one each.
Khulna Titans will play their next game against Rajshahi Kings on 15 January at 1:30 pm in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium while Chittagong Vikings will take on Comilla Victorians on 13 January at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at 6:30 pm in their next encounter.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) — Former Australia captain Steve Smith will soon undergo an elbow surgery that will put him out of action for at least six weeks.
This means, he will miss the remaining matches of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as well as Pakistan Super League and Indian Premier League.
The right-handed batsman left Bangladesh to see doctors in Australia. He had an MRI test which suggested serious damage to the ligament of his elbow.
Smith was skippering Victorians in the BPL but played only two matches. He was seen heavily strapping his elbow’s irritating area during those matches.
Victorians were expecting him to join the squad after some check-ups at home. But a local media report suggested that he would likely undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Reports revealed that Smith is expected to be in a brace for six weeks and will need to go through extensive rehabilitation. So, it will be too early to say a date for Smith’s return to competitive cricket.
Smith is currently serving a year-long ban for this involvement in ball tampering scandal in last March in South Africa.