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Barishal beat Chattogram for a winning start in BPL

Update : 21 Jan 2022, 19:08

Fortune Barishal made a good start to the eighth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), edging Chattogram Challengers past by four wickets in a low-scoring affair at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

While there was huge cry for runs to make BPL entertaining, it was not materialized totally as both the teams struggled in batting in the opening game of the country's most glamorous tournament.

The Mirpur wicket was typically slow and low and Barishal captain Shakib Al Hasan didn't hesitate to put Chattogram into batting once he won the toss.

Chattogram were restricted to 125-8 and Barishal also huffed and puffed on their way to victory as they made 126-6.

Chattogram captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz ended with envious figure of 4-0-16- 4 but his four wickets haul couldn't make any difference.

Opener Shykat Ali was the highest scorer for Barishal with 39 off 35, hitting one four and two sixes. Shykat kept the side's nose ahead once Miraz took the wicket of Najmul Hossain Shanto (1) and Shakib Al Hasan in quick succession.

Towhid Hridoy and Irfan Shukkur scored identical 16 runs to give Shykat some support. Miraz however removed Shukkur and Shykat in his second spell to get the side back into the track.

But Dwayne Bravo (12 not out) and Ziaur Rahman (19 not out) batted with calculated aggression to sail the side home.

Earlier, Benny Howell propelled Chattogram past 100 runs mark with his ultra-aggressive batting. He blasted 41 off 20 with three fours and as many sixes and his knock came at the moment when Chattogram's innings needed an impetus following a disastrous start. Opener Will Jacks was the other notable scorer with 16 while Naeem Islam made 15.

Barishal's West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph claimed 3-32 while Nayeem Hasan scalped 2-25. Shakib though got one wicket, he gave away just nine runs in his four overs.

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