In the 5th match of BPL 2017, Comilla Victorians defeated Chittagong Vikings by 8 wickets. Batting first, Chittagong Vikings scored 143 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 7 wickets. Comilla Victorians successfully chased the target of 144 runs and registered its first victory in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.
After winning the toss, Comilla Victorians elected for bat first. Opener batsmen of Chittagong Vikings played crucial roles in giving a good start to their team’s batting inning. Partnership between Luke Ronchi and Soumya Sarkar helped the team in cementing a strong base for the overall score.
Ronchi hit 3 sixes and 4 fours to score 40 runs in 21 balls while Sarkar smashed 1 six and 3 fours to score 38 runs in 33 balls. The speedy approach of both players didn’t last longer. Ronchi lost his wicket in sixth over of the game and Dilshan Munaweera came to bat next after his dismissal. Dilshan scored 21 runs in 22 balls.
Munaweera returned to pavilion in 12th over and Soumya Sarkar was bowled out in 14th over. After the collapse of top order of the batting lineup, the players in middle order could not perform well in the end. Except Sikandar Raza, who scored 18 runs in 13 balls, all other batsmen walked back to pavilion with single digit scores in hands.
Losing seven wickets in the initial inning, the team scored 143 runs in 20 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin picked up three wickets while Caribbean all-rounder cricketer took two wickets. Skipper Mohammad Nabi and Al-Amin Hossain picked up one wicket each while Arafat Sunny and Rashid Khan went wicketless in the match.
Comilla Victorians started the run-chase with maintaining speedy run rate. Opener batsmen Liton Das and Jos Buttler scored 23 runs and 48 runs, respectively. With Liton’s dismissal, partnership between the two ended in sixth over and Imrul Kayes came to bat next. Kayes scored 33 runs in 31 balls.
After Buttler lost his wicket in 14th over, Caribbean cricketer Marlon Samuels accompanied Kayes in the run-chase. The right handed batsmen hit 4 fours and 1 six to score 35 runs in 18 balls. Samuels hit the winning shot to end the inning and Victorians scored 144 runs in 17.2 overs with the loss of two wickets. Mohammad Saifuddin won ‘Player of the Match’ award for his remarkable bowling performance.