Shukkur half-century powers Rajshahi to 170-4 in BBP final against Khulna
Published 9:19 pm | January 17, 2020
In their bid to clinch their maiden trophy in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL), Rajshahi Royals put up a decent 170-4 against Khulna Tigers, riding a well-composed half-century of Irfan Shukkur at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here today.
Shukkur, who came to bat in the No.3 position, struck a 35 ball-52, that included six fours and two sixes.
His first half-century of the tournament laid the platform, which latter utilized well by Mohammad Nawaz and captain Andre Russell.
Nawaz smashed a 20 ball-41 not out, clobbering six fours and two sixes while Russell hit an unbeaten 27 off 16, with three sixes, one of which against Mohammad Amir over deep midwicket was 115 meter long. That was comfortably the longest six of the tournament.
With the duo giving talismanic impetus, Rajshahi scored 66 runs in the last five overs.
Asked to bat first, Rajshahi’s start was not as fluent as it should be in a pitch that was not entirely bowling friendly.
Mohammad Amir got the better of opener Afif Hossain after he scored just 10. Liton Das and Shukkur shared 49 runs for the second wicket stand but that came at slower pace.
Shafiul Islam broke through with the wicket of Liton who made 25 off 28.
Robbie Frylinck worsened the situation further, having dismissed Shoaib Malik for 9.
But Shukkur completed his half-century before Amir came back to his second spell to dismiss him.
However Russell and Nawaz ensured the hard work of Shukkur wouldn’t be wasted as they came up with a bang to help Rajshahi reach a position that looked comfortable, considering the pressure of the final. Amir claimed 2-35 while Frylinck and Shafiul picked up one wicket apiece.
দৈনিক সময় সংবাদ ২৪ ডট কম সংবাদের কোনো সংবাদ, তথ্য, ছবি,আলোকচত্রি, ভিডিওচিত্র, অডিও কনটেন্ট কপিরাইট আইনে র্পূব অনুমতি ছাড়া ব্যবহার করা সর্ম্পূণ বেআইনি। সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে যে কোন কমেন্সের জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষ দায়ী নয়।