One of the two losing teams in the BPL is finally going to open the way to victory. Fortune Barisal, who have lost three matches in a row, today face Sylhet Strikers who have lost their first four matches. Tamim Iqbal’s Barisal batted first in the fight between the two teams in the losing circle.
Mashrafe’s Sylhet signaled a good start by picking up two wickets in the power play at home. However, although Tamim Iqbal was out of rhythm, Pakistan’s star opener Ahmed Shehzad’s brilliant innings of 61 runs laid the foundation for a big collection. In the end, Barisal scored 186 runs after losing 5 wickets in 20 overs in Mahmudullah Riyad’s jhoro fifty.
When the Mahmudullah-Shehzads were beating it, another scene caught the eye. Sylhet captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza did not come to the bowling.
After winning the toss, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza decided to send Barisal to bat first. In the second over of the innings, spinner Naeem Hasan brought success to Sylhet after getting a chance in the team for the first time in this tournament.
Barisal’s captain Tamim Iqbal was trapped by Naim’s LBW after playing only 2 runs in 8 balls. Tamim went back but another Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad kept one end. He continued to increase the team’s run rate by playing in an aggressive mood in the power play. However, Barisal’s top order batsmen failed to accompany him.
In the fifth over of the innings, Pritam Kumar was the victim of Ngarava by scoring 1 personal run. Soumya Sarkar showed some signs of returning to the rhythm in the third wicket pair but failed to increase the innings once again (20 runs from 17 balls).
Despite the fall of 3 wickets in the team’s 83 runs, Shehzad picked up his 30-ball fifty (7 fours and 2 sixes) in an aggressive mood from standing at one end. Barisal’s run crossed 100 in the 13th over. But in the end, while increasing the pace of runs, Shehzad fell victim to Benny Howell’s personal 66 runs (41 balls).
Then Mushfiq also failed to increase the innings, got out for 22 runs off 19 balls. In the end, experienced Mahmudullah Riyad took the lead of Barisal’s team. He has batted more aggressively than Shehzad. An unbeaten innings of 51 runs from 24 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes came from his bat, Mehdi Hasan Miraj also scored 15 runs from 6 balls in the last over.