Chattogram Challengers have got their first win against Minister Group Dhaka in the running season of BPL. They lost to Fortune Barishal in their tournament opener.
After winning the first match Chattogram Challengers are now standing in the second position of the point table. On the other hand, losing two consecutive matches, Dhaka is at the bottom of the point table with a poor net run rate of -1.047.
Batting first, Chattogram didn’t have a good start as they lost their first wicket of Kennar Lewis in the second over. Afif Hossain would have gone early to the pavilion but Tamim failed to convert that opportunity into their favor at fine leg.
However, Afif also misused his opportunity after getting out only for 12 off 12 balls. Sabbir Rahman was also looking good and playing comfortably with a strike rate of 170.59.
Chattogram, with the English pair of Will Jacks and Benny Howell, providing big hits, had managed to set up for a competitive score of 161 for 8 in 20 overs. Jacks gave his team an early boost in his 24-ball 41 cameo and Howell ended with another blow, hitting three sixes and a four towards the end of the innings.
Dhaka once again was unable to take advantage of a good start led by their captain Tamim Iqbal who also scored the second consecutive fifty in this season. Though he played 45 balls to score 52 which is also questionable in this format according to the Sport News BD team.
The reason is, Papon Ahmed, BCB chairman once in an interview said, “I have discussed his playing of the T20 format.” Tamim in reply said, “Don’t force me. If you say so, I’ll have to come back.”
It was going in Dhaka’s hand until two big overs from Nasum and Shoriful turned the things around in Chattogram’s favor.
Shoriful took out the big fish, Tamim, and then Jahurul Islam within three balls in the 12th over. Nasum then struck with the ball removing Mahmudullah and Mohammad Naim in the 14th over.
The chance to win this match for Dhaka had gone far beyond their reach after a chaotic collapse from 73/1 to 83/5 in just 14 overs.
Both the bowlers took seven wickets in eight overs, helped their team to get the first win, and had Dhaka all-out for 131 runs. Nasum Ahmed was declared the Man of the Match for his sensational 3 for 9 in his four overs spell.