BCB President’s Cup: Nazmul XI sniffs final after demolishing Mahmudullah XI


DHAKA, Oct 17, 2020 (BSS) – Youngster Afif Hossain played a
scintillating 98-run knock as Nazmul XI demolished Mahmudullah XI by
131 runs to make a giant stride towards of the final of the BCB
President’s Cup.

In reply of Nazmul XI’s 264-8, Mahmudullah XI came up with clueless
batting to be wrapped up for 133 in 32.1 overs in the fourth match of
the tournament at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

This was Nazmul XI’s second victory in three matches and both
victories came up against Mahmudullah XI. They lost their match to
Tamim XI by 42 runs.

Mahmudullah XI in contrast registered four-wicket win over Tamim XI.

Mushfiqur Rahim who hit a century in the previous match continued
his good form with 52 to give Afif an apt support. Irfan Shukkur was
the other notable scorer with 31 ball-44 not out, which helped the
side propel past 250.

Afif and Mushfiqur shared 147-run for the fourth wicket stand after
Nazmul XI who was sent to bat first was left to tittering 31-3.

But the stand was dominated by Afif who clattered a dozen of
boundaries and one six. He played in aggressive manner to deny
Mahmudullah XI bowlers taking advantage of initial batting collapse.

Mushfiqur Rahim took 16 balls to open his account and always looked
bit shaky. Still he found some way to reach fifty off 88 balls.

Afif meanwhile approached to his century, but only denied being
trapped to run-out due to the misunderstanding between him and
Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mushfiqur however couldn’t last long after the dismissal of Afif as
he was dismissed by Ebadot Hossain for 52 off 92 with one just a
single boundary.

The platform set by Mushfiqur and Afif was well utilized by Towhid
Ridoy and Irfan Shukkur who added 70 runs.

Riody scored 27 before being dismissed by Ebadot but Shukkur showed
his big hitting prowess at the death overs to keep Nazmul XI rolling.

Thanks to his big hitting, which included four boundaries and two
sixes, Nazmul XI set a daunting target for Mahmudullah XI.

Fast bowler Rubel Hossain snapped up 3-53 while Ebadot Hossain grabbed 2-60.

Mahmudullah XI led by Mahmudullah Riyad was nowhere near to
challenge the score as they lost wickets at regular intervals to make
it tougher for themselves.

Liton Das and Nurul Hasan Sohan was the joint highest scorer for
them with with run-a-ball-27 runs which included five fours and 36
ball-27 not out respectively. No batsman could reach 20 runs mark
apart from them, a testament of how badly they fared.

Opener Imrul Kayes began the rot, when he edged one to
wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Al-Amin Hossain bowling for 4.

Mominul Haque looked assured but he fell for unlucky 13 before
left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed came up with double blow, dismissing
Liton and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (13). They in fact became six down before
crossing the 100 runs mark, making it clear that the match will be
one-sided one.

Pacer Abu Jayed Rahi and Nasum Ahmed snared three wickets apiece
while leg-spinenr Rishad Ahmed bagged two to tear apart Mahmudullah
XI’s batting line up.

Brief Score:

Nazmul XI 264-8 in 50 overs (Afif 98, Mushfiqur 52, Shukkur 44,
Ridoy 27, Emon 19; Rubel 3-53, Ebadot 2-60, Sumon Khan 1-52)

Mahmudullah XI 133 all out in 32.1 overs (Liton Das 27, Nurul Hasan
Sohan 27 not out, Mehidy Miraz 16; Nasum 3-23, Rahi 3-34, Rishad 2-26)

Result: Nazmul XI wins by 131 runs.