The 11th over of the match is going on. The second ball of Taijul Islam’s personal fourth over was driven hard towards long off by Abhishka Fandarno on the strike end. Fortune Barisal got a chance to catch out due to not batting properly. At that time, the Lankan batsman was batting for 30 runs off 27 balls. But Abhishka survived the journey when Ahmed Shehzad, who was fielding, missed the catch.
Barisal had to pay a heavy price for the Pakistani fielder’s catch miss. The Lankan batsman has become even more formidable with life. Explosive batting remained unbeaten on 91 runs from 50 balls without giving any chance at the end of the innings. Along with this, Kurtis Kampfer’s cameo of 29 runs from 9 balls at the end of 20 overs, Chittagong Challengers got 193 runs for 4 wickets.
But in the beginning the picture of the match was completely opposite. Batting first after losing the toss, Chittagong lost the wicket in the first over of the innings. Confused by Taijul Islam’s spin, opener Tanjid Hasan Tamim made a mess while sweeping the slog. He returned to the dressing room after scoring 12 runs off 5 balls caught by Vellag standing at deep square.
Taijul found the wicket again when he bowled in the second over. Imranuzzan was bowled directly and sent back to the pavilion (4 runs off 8 balls). Chittagong lost two wickets for just 21 runs.
Another opener Abhishka became a shield in the danger of Sagarpar franchise. In this year’s BPL, Chamak Shahadat Hossain made a 70-run partnership with Deepu for the third wicket. At the end of the first 10 overs, Chittagong had 76 runs on the scoreboard.
Deepuk (31 runs from 29 balls) was bowled out by Yannick Cariah for the team’s 91 runs. Abhishka once again paired with Afghan batsman Najibullah Zadran. Both added 68 runs off 38 balls on the scoreboard. Zadran (18 runs from 19 balls) was caught by Kamrul Islam in the first ball of the 19th over of the innings.
At the other end of the wicket, Abhishka was batting for 86 runs off 48 balls. The century of the Lankan batsman was considered to be a matter of time. But the newcomer to the wicket, Kampfer, did not give any chance to Abhishka and pulled all the limelight towards himself in the end. Played an innings of 29 runs in just 9 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. On the other hand, Fernando has to be satisfied with 9 runs away from the century. The Lankan batsman’s innings of 91 runs in 50 balls is decorated with 5 fours and 7 sixes.
Taijul was an exception among Barisal’s bowlers. He took 2 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs. Kamrul Islam and Kariah shared the remaining two wickets.