Comilla Victorians hammer Ctg Vikings
Chittagong Vikings: 143/7 in 20 overs (Ronchi 40, Soumya 38, Munaweera 21; Saifuddin 2/24, DJ Bravo 2/29, Nabi 1/18)
Comilla Victorians: 144/2 in 17.2 overs (Buttler 48, Samuels 35, Imrul 33*; Subashis 2/24)
Result: Comilla Victorians won by 8 wickets
Player of the Match: Mohammad Saifuddin (Comilla Victorians)
Comilla Victorians shrugged off their previous match defeat as they registered an overwhelming eight-wicket victory over Chittagong Vikings in the fifth match of the AKS Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 held on Tuesday (Nov 7) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.
Sent into bat first, Chittagong scored 143 for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. In reply, Comilla reached home in 17.2 overs for the loss of two wickets.
Chittagong made a solid start as openers Luke Ronchi and Soumya Sarkar contributed together 63 runs before Ronchi was caught at the cover by Alok Kapali off Mohammad Nabi. Ronchi top-scored with 40. His 21-ball windy innings was studded with three sixes and four fours.
Then Soumya and Dilshan Munaweera built another notable partnership. They put on together 38 runs partnership before Munaweera was caught by Marlon Samuels off Dwayne Bravo when Chittagong's total was 101 for the loss of two wickets.
After Munaweera's dismissal, Chittagong batsmen failed to make any remarkable partnership. Soumya hit a polished 38 from 33 balls featuring three fours and a sixer. Soumya was cleanly bowled out by Mohammad Saifuddin when Chittagong's score was 106 for the loss of three wickets. Munaweera scored 21 off 22 balls with a six. Sikandar Raza remained unbeaten with 18. He hit two fours in his 13-ball innings.
In reply, Comilla started firmly as Liton Das and Jos Buttler, the two openers of the victorious team put on together 43 runs before Liton was trapped leg before wicket by Subashis Roy.
Then Buttler and Imrul Kayes repaired the damage contributing together 57 runs for the second wicket partnership before Buttler was caught behind by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi off Subashis Roy when Comilla's total was 100 for the loss of two wickets.
Buttler cracked a worthy 48. His 42-ball knock was decorated with two sixes and three fours. After Buttler's departure, Imrul and Marlon Samuels added together 44 runs in the unbroken third wicket stand.
Samuels remained unbeaten with 35. His 18-ball windy innings was belted with four fours and a sixer. Imrul also remained unbeaten with 33, while Liton scored 23. Subashis of Chittagong got two wickets conceding 24 runs.