A nightmarish batting display while chasing a moderate total of 146, Beximco Dhaka suffered their third consecutive defeat in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 League on to Gemon Khulna by 37 runs on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and sent Khulna bat first who posted 146 for eight in 20 overs. In reply, Dhaka lost three wickets before scoring 20 runs and eventually ended up embarrassingly bowled out for 109 in 19.2 overs.
Top three batsmen of Dhaka— Tanzid Hasan, Mohammad Naim and Robiul Islam Robi— scored 4, 1 and 4 respectively. Dhaka failed to recover from this early damage.
In the fourth wicket stand, Mushfiqur and Yasir Ali posted 57 runs to the board. But it was not enough for them to stay alive in the race. Yasir fell for 21 off 29 balls, and Mushfiqur followed him scoring 37 off 35 balls.
Hasan Mahmud broke this partnership removing Yasir Ali while Shuvagata Hom trapped Mushfiqur prompting him to go for a sweep. Shamim Hossain took an easy catch at square leg to remove Mushfiqur. Akbar Ali (4), Nayeem Hasan (3) and Nasum Ahmed (7) have little to save the game for Dhaka.
Shuvagata and Shahidul Islam bagged three wickets each conceding 13 and 30 runs respectively.
Earlier, despite the poor batting display from Anamul Haque (5), Shakib Al Hasan (11), Jahurul Islam (4), Khulna posted 146 riding on the bats of Imrul Kayes (29), Mahmudullah Riyad (45) and Ariful Haque (19).
Rubel scalped three for Dhaka while the debutant Shafiqul Islam took two and Nasum and Nayeem bagged one each.
Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has been ruled out of the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup with a finger injury.
The chief physician of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed that the batsman will have to be sidelined for at least three to four weeks.
Mominul was representing Gazi Group Chattogram in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. The southpaw suffered a blow on his right thumb on November 28 while playing Chattogram’s second game in the event against Gemcon Khulna.
“I went through a scan and a fracture was found on my right thumb. So, I've to stay out of the game for at least three to four weeks,” Mominul told the media.
The fresh injury cast doubt over Mominul’s participation in the home series against West Indies. However, the chief selector of BCB Minhajul Abedin believes that Bangladesh’s Test captain will have enough time to recover.
“I don’t think it’s the right time to rule out Mominul from West Indies series. We're yet to know whether he needs surgery. I think he'll have enough time before the Test series,” Minhajul told the media on Monday.
Mominul played two games in Bangabandhu T20 Cup and remained unbeaten for 5 and 8. In both games, Chattogram registered big wins by nine wickets.
Gazi Group Chattogram continued their winning streak as they won their third game of the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 against Fortune Barishal by 10 runs on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Barishal needed to score 19 runs in the last over of the game to seal the match, but they only managed 8 runs and endured their second defeat of the event.
Tamim Iqbal, the captain of Barishal, won the toss and sent Chattogram to bat first, who posted a challenging total of 151 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs.
Tamim was the highest runs getter for Barishal posting 32 off 32 balls with one four and two sixes. Afif Hossain, who posted 24 runs, was the only other batsman to have reached 20-run mark.
Two left-arm seamers of Chattogram— Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriul Islam— took three wickets each and helped Chattogram ensure a third consecutive win. Mosaddek Hossain and Soumya Sarkar took one wicket each.
Barishal ended up at 141 for eight in 20 overs.
Earlier, unlike their first two games, Chattogram batted first and failed to have a solid opening stand as Soumya fell for five. He went to pull off Abu Jayed but only managed a top-edge and caught by Towhid Hridoy.
After losing the first wicket at 22, Chattogram got 28 runs in the second wicket stand of Liton Das and captain Mohammad Mithun. Chattogram captain was looking good in the middle, but after getting settled scoring 17, he was hunted by Sumon Khan.
Liton Das, who hit an unbeaten 53 in the last game, managed 35 runs this time before being dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. He moved across the offside to produce a good shot, but the fielder, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, at the short fine leg took a good catch.
Shamsur Rahman, who batted for the first time in this event, posted 26 off 28 with two fours while Mosaddek Hossain scored 28 off 24 balls with one six. They were trying to keep the hope of posting a big total for Chattogram alive, but they failed to continue on a good run. Kamrul Islam removed Shamsur while Taskin Ahmed bagged Mosaddek.
Shykat Ali, who got inducted to the playing XI of Chattogram replacing injured Mominul Haque, hit an 11-ball 27 with three sixes and one four.
Eventually, Chattogram posted 151 for seven in 20 overs.
For Barishal, Abu Jayed bagged two wickets while Sumon Khan, Taskin, Kamrul and Mehidy took one wicket each.
Failing to defend a moderate total of 132 against Fortune Barishal on Saturday, Minister Group Rajshahi faced their first defeat in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup.
Barishal captain Tamim Iqbal won the toss and sent Rajshahi to bat first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
However, Rajshahi managed to put only 132 for nine on the board in 20 overs.
And Barishal chased the target of 133 runs, losing five wickets, in 19 overs, riding on Tamim's unbeaten knock of 77.
Earlier, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Anisul Islam Emon put up a stable opening stand of 39 runs in six overs, but they failed to hold onto the good momentum.
Najmul fell prey to Abu Jayed for 24 when Rajshahi were batting at 39 from 6.1 overs. Then, in the last ball of the next over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz removed Rony Talukdar for six.
Mohammad Ashraful came to the wicket at number three, playing an unbeaten 25 in the last game. But this time, he had to leave the field only for six, being caught short of the crease.
Also, Mehidy Hasan Miraz dismissed Anisul Islam Emon at 24 in the same over.
However, Fazle Mahmud (31) and Mahadi Hasan (34) responded well to help their team put up a fighting total.
For Barishal, Kamrul Islam Rabbi bagged four wickets, conceding 21 runs in four overs, while Mehidy took two and Abu Jayed and Taskin Ahmed scalped one wicket each.
In reply, Tamim remained unbeaten for 77 off 61 balls with 10 fours and two sixes to register his team's first win in the competition. Barishal ended up on 136 for five in 19 overs.
Tamim and Mehidy opened the innings for Barishal. While Tamim was firm in the wicket, Mehidy fell prey to Ebadat Hossain for one.
Also, Parvez Hossain Emon (23) and Towhid Hridoy (17) failed to accompany Tamim for a long time despite making good starts.
And the quick dismissals of Afif Hossain (0) and Irfaan Sukkur (3) made the going tough for Barishal. But Tamim finished off in style.
For Rajshahi, Mukidul Islam took two wickets while Ebadat Hossain and Mahadi Hasan bag one wicket each.
An umpire of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) tested positive for Covid-19, Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB confirmed the media.
The umpire, Ali Arman Rajon, was supposed to work as the fourth umpire in the games of Bangabandhu T20 Cup on November 28.
“Ali Arman has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in isolation at his home. He is doing well,” Debashis told the media.
Arman was staying in the bio-secure bubble with the other match officials and players, raising fears that the bubble's biosecurity had been compromised. But, as of November 28, there are no other reports of Covid-19 in the group.
Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 started on November 28 and it will continue to December 18 with matches taking place on alternate days.