Cumilla edge Chattogram in thriller

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Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 27

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Cumilla Warriors vs Chattogram Challengers 

Chattogram Challengers : 159/6 in 20 overs (Simmons 54, Junaird 45, Ziaur 34*; Soumya 2/20, Wiese 1/26, Sunzamul 1/33)

Cumilla Warriors : 161/8 in 20 overs (Malan 74, van Zyl 22, Sabbir 18; Rubel 2/16, Burl 1/9, Mahedi Hasan 1/31)

Result : Cumilla Warriors won by 2 wickets.

Player of the Match : Dawid Malan.

Cumilla Warriors have clawed their way back as they register third win to keep their playoff hopes alive, defeating the table-toppers Chattogram Challengers by 2 wickets. Chasing a target of 160, piloted by the skipper Dawid Malan, the Warriors seal the match in the last over.

Chasing down the target, Cumilla started off their innings bit slowly as they managed to score 70 runs after 10 overs losing 3 wickets. Malan at the on end kept his side in the match with another vital fifty. He got little support form the other end as Sabbir, Wiese and Ankon gone cheaply.

The match was still on the balance till the last over when Cumilla needed 16 runs from 6 balls to win the match. Malan was run out after scoring 74 but Cumilla found two unlikely hero in Abu Hider Rony and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who scored unbeaten 12 and 4 respectively and clinched victory in the last ball with a boundary. Rubel Hossain bagged 2 wickets for 16.

Earlier in the evening, the Challengers had the perfect start thanks to the century partnership between Landl Simmons and Junaid Siddique. But they lost the plot in the middle overs with a batting collapse which reduced them from 103 without loss to 116 for 4. It was Ziaur Rahman who then single handedly carried the Challengers innings with an unbeaten 34 runs off 21 balls which eventually got the the team total past 150-mark. Soumya Sarkar claimed 2 wickets for 20.