Barisal Bulls secured their first win of the BPL with a six-wicket win over winless defending champions Comilla Victorians.
A fourth-wicket stand of 49 between Mushfiqur Rahim (33 from 21 balls) and Thisara Perera (34 from 20) was enough to get Barisal over the line in a low scoring encounter.
Comilla’s innings was rescued by a seventh wicket partnership of 38 from Marlon Samuels and Sohail Tanvir from 73 for six in the 14th over, The pair added 38 runs and was led by Samuels who entered the scene in the fourth over after both openers fell early.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Imad Wasim were run out and Liton Das and Nahidul Islam didn’t hag around, but Samuels made a run-a-ball 48, which included five boundaries. Tanvir slogged a six over midwicket and two more straight in the final over on his way to an unbeaten 30 from 19 balls. It wasn’t enough.
Barisal were chasing a modest 130 to win. Dilshan Munaweera holed out to mid-off in the fifth over and then Mashrafe Mortaza (0-21) and Nabil Samad responded by conceding only 26 runs in six overs.
Mushfiqur cracked a six over leg in the 12th before Dawid Malan (23) was caught at cover. Mushfique and Thisara Perera came together with Barisal needing 52 off the last six overs. They found the boundary with regularity and took a liking to Imad who went for 17 in the 17th over. Mushfiqur edged Tanvir behind but Perera notched two more boundaries inthe 19th over and the job was done with nine balls to spare.
Barisal are off the mark, but the defending champions look a long way from retaining their trophy.
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