Barisal Bulls 161 for 4 (Malan 56, Mahmud 43) beat Rajshahi Kings 144 for 7 (Patel 62, Emrit 3-27) by 17 runs
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Dawid Malan top scored with a 33-ball 56 © BCB
Barisal Bulls beat Rajshahi Kings by 17 runs to break a six-match losing streak. The result came as a dampener to Rajshahi, whose chances of qualifying for the play-offs suffered another setback.
The 100-run second wicket stand between Fazle Mahmud and Dawid Malan set up Barisal for a big score, but they ended up adding only 54 runs in the last 6.3 overs. Malan struck his second fifty in the tournament, making 56 off 33 balls with six fours and three sixes.
But the manner of his run-out was farcical – he lazily tried to complete a leg-bye without noticing Nazmul Islam getting quickly to the ball and aiming at the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Mahmud, who struck four boundaries and two sixes in his run-a-ball 43, was dismissed in the same over after completing his best day in BPL. Eventually they finished with 161 for 4 when a total of 180 looked a possibility.
Thisara Perera and Shahriar Nafees tried to give Barisal a final flourish. Perera struck four boundaries in his unbeaten 22-ball 29 while Nafees struck two sixes in the last over. Mohammad Sami was Rajshahi’s best bowler with figures of 1 for 16 in four overs.
Rajshahi never felt settled in their chase. Nurul Hasan fell in the third over when he was lbw to Monir Hossain. Sabbir Rahman gave a simple catch to mid-on in the following over before Mominul Haque gave offspinner Enamul Haque a simple caught-and-bowled in the eighth over. When Raqibul Hasan skied Thisara Perera in the 11th over, as Rajshahi stuttered to 68 for 4.
The absence of boundaries to go along with a flurry of wickets – they didn’t hit a four from the sixth till the thirteenth over – made it tougher. Samit Patel and James Franklin kept the chase afloat with 44-run stand for the fifth wicket, but Franklin’s dismissal for a run-a-ball 18 set the back.
When Samit fell for a 51-ball 62, Rajshahi’s chances were as good as gone. Darren Sammy was on strike in the final over off which they needed 28. He smashed a six over cover, but eventually the task was too steep to pursue.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo