The match between Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders was a battle to progress. Until today’s match, both teams have seen two wins each in this year’s BPL. Although Rangpur played one more match. Riders defeated Comilla by 8 runs in the fight to advance.
Where did Comilla lose the match? If the simple answer to this question is asked, it can be said in one sentence, the power play is lost. As the batting needed to chase the ‘huge’ target set by Rangpur, Comilla couldn’t even come close to their edge in the beginning. Batting with a target of 166 runs, Comilla scored 36 runs in the first 6 overs, 61 runs at the end of 10 overs. After such a slow start, the last effort was to no avail.
Chasing Rangpur’s 165 runs, Liton Das caught Babar’s ball off Azmatullah Omarzai in the first over of the innings. He made his way to the pavilion before opening the run book.
Mohammad Rizwan handled the initial blow by drawing Mahidul Islam for three. Comilla did not lose any more wickets in the power play due to the careful batting of the two. But the problem is that they could not bat according to the target while playing. The Victorians scored exactly 36 runs in the power play.
When Rizwan got out with one ball to spare in the tenth over, Comilla were 60 on the scoreboard. Today, perhaps the Pakistani batsman took a bet, he will copy and paste the Azam of his native father. Babar still batted at a strike rate of 102. Rizwan’s 21-ball 17-run innings was 80 strikerates!
At the end of 10 overs, Comilla’s run was 61 for 2 wickets. 105 more runs needed to win in remaining ten overs. As the match progresses, the demand for runs per over increases. Tawhid got down on all fours and continued to draw with his heart. He scored a half-century (42 balls) in the 12th over of the innings. Comilla reached the team hundred in 14.2 overs.
The duo added 50 runs from 37 balls in the third wicket partnership. Comilla’s winning equation at the water break was 54 runs off 24 balls. Comilla lost wickets after the break. The team wanted to play a big shot on Hasan Mahmood’s fuller delivery for 116 runs. But as he was not good with the bat, he was caught by Babar Azam at long on (63 runs from 55 balls).
Comilla is 50 runs away from victory at the end of seventeen overs of the innings. Khushdil Shah (13 off 8 balls) came in and hit two sixes but was caught out in Azmatullah’s over. Comilla’s lamp of hope also dimmed then. 36 runs needed in the last two overs. A difficult goal like conquering Everest.
Comilla scored only 7 runs from Hasan Mahmud’s 19th over. The equation of the last over stands at 29 runs. Shakib Al Hasan started the over with a wide. Hriday was run out on the first ball of the over (38 runs off 27 balls). Amer Jamal was caught on the boundary at long off while playing a big shot on the second ball (0 runs from 1 ball).
Zaker Ali came to the wicket and hit two consecutive sixes. His storming innings of 18 runs off 4 balls was not enough for Comilla to win.
Azmatullah was also successful with the ball after playing an innings of 36 runs off 20 balls. He got 2 wickets by spending 31 runs in 4 overs. Shakib, Hasan Mahmud and Mohammad Nabi got one wicket each for Rangpur.