Shoaib Malik BPL


Comilla Victorians 112 for 1 (Tamim 64*, Kayes 22*) beat Khulna Titans 111 ( Ariful 24, Malik 3-14, Al-Amin 3-20) by nine wickets.

Comilla Victorians bounced back from their 30-run loss against Rajshahi Kings by crushing table-toppers Khulna Titans by nine wickets. Shoaib Malik Ex-Pak Captain, who took the new ball on a slow, grippy pitch, claimed three wickets and dismissed Khulna for 111 with the help of Al-Amin before Comilla’s captain Tamim Iqbal led the chase with a breezy 64. His second successive fifty in the league.

Notably, this was the first BPL game without a single six hit by any batsman.

Mahedi Hasan set the tone for Comilla when he got Rilee Rossouw skew an offbreak to Dwayne Bravo at backward point for a golden duck. Shoaib Malik then bowled Nazmul Hasan Shanto with an arm ball to reduce Khulna to 8 for 2. Malik then pressed onto dismiss Afif Hossain and Nicholas Pooran in his next two overs.

When Mohammad Saifuddin had Mahmudullah holing out to deep mid-wicket in the seventh over, Khulna were 40 for 5.

Things went from bad to worse for Khulna as Al-Amin sliced through the middle order. He first had Carlos Brathwaite holing out to wide long-on for 13 runs and also accounted for Jofra Archer and Ariful Haque, who top-scored with a run-a-ball 24.

That Khulna crept past 100 was down to a 23-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Shafiul Islam and Kyle Abbott – the highest stand of the innings – before both fell to pace. Abbott dragged a catch to mid-wicket while Hasan flattened Shafiul’s off stump to wrap up the innings.

Featured Image: ESPNcricinfo/Shoaib Malik


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