Who will bowl Chittagong Challengers? This was the big question about Chittagong after the franchises were assembled in the BPL. That this was not a trivial question, became more clear after halfway through Chittagong’s match on the first day of the BPL.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Sylhet Strikers faced Chittagong today in the second match on the opening day of BPL. The Sylhet batsmen, who were batting aggressively from the beginning, showed Chittagong’s weakness at every moment of the match. And that is that Chittagong’s bowling is less strong!
Sylhet scored 177 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 20 overs thanks to Zakir Hasan’s fifty, opener Mohammad Mithun’s 28-ball 40 and Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Harry Tector’s 120-miss strike rate innings. Six bowlers from Chittagong have bowled, all of them have an economy rate above 7.50, four have an economy rate of 8.50 or above.
Sylhet got off to a great start. 67 runs came from 50 balls in the Mithun-Santor opening pair. Shanto scored 36 runs off 7 fours off 30 balls, but Zakir-Mithun continued to increase the pace even though Nihaduzzaman was caught. In the last ball of the 12th over, Mithun’s innings ended with 4 fours and 2 sixes, the team still 95 runs. Sylhet crossed 100 in the last ball of the 13th over.
Zakir continued his aggression after Mithun left. Reached fifty in 31 balls, and finally remained unbeaten with 70 runs in 43 balls with 7 fours and 1 six in the innings. Harry Tector also did well, unbeaten on 26 off 20 balls with 2 fours.