The Daily Star – Bangladesh – There was very little else that the eager crowd at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium could have wanted from the second day of the Bangladesh Premier League’s Chittagong leg yesterday.
- They got to see a half-century by Comilla Victorians skipper and Chittagong native Tamim Iqbal, they witnessed the beloved Mustafizur Rahman’s come back to competitive cricket and were entertained by Rajshahi Kings skipper Darren Sammy’s six shower that produced the most expensive over in the five editions of the BPL so far.
- Rangpur Riders skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza provided the fireworkds initially before the game shifted again and again until Thisara Perera hit the last ball of the match for six to seal a three-wicket win over Chittagong.
- After an uncharacteristically slow start from Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle, the latter put on 60 runs in just 4.2 overs with skipper Mashrafe, who promoted himself and hit 42 off 17 balls with four boundaries and three sixes.
- With 26 needed off the last three overs, Rangpur were favourites, but a great 19th over from Luis Reece, which conceded just five runs for the wicket of Mohammad Mithun for a 29-ball 44, left Rangpur needing 14 off the last over bowled by Taskin Ahmed.
- In the first match, chasing 186, the Victorians were in the game for much of the innings, thanks to an 87-run third-wicket partnership in 9.5 overs between Tamim and Shoaib Malik after being reduced to four for two in the first two overs.