Chittagong Vikings 186 for 6 (Mushfiqur 75, Shahzad 46, Saifuddin 3-45) beat Comilla Victorians 184 for 5 (Thisara 74*, Lewis retd hurt 38, Khaled 3-34) by four wicketsBangladesh Premier League
Chittagong Vikings faced Thisara Perera’s lightning-fast attack at the end of the first innings to launch an exciting 185 car chase on the back of Mushfiqur Rahim’s sensational 75 of 41 balls to win with two balls.
A stuttering start to the game by the Victorians cost them in the end, when they made only 33 for 2 in their first six overs. Evin Lewis struggled to get started before he retired. Thisara gave them hope with his roaring six-goal, but he was outshined by Mushfiqur, who broke his innings brilliantly after taking on the hot start of Mohammad Shahzad.
Robbie Frylinck, who was beaten by Thisara for 30 years after the first innings of the 19th, replaced himself by achieving the winning runs. After the fall of Mushfiqur at the end of the 19th century Frylinck came with six balls over Midwicket and two balls to defeat the match.
Four Comilla bombers left in 12th and 14th above, and were punished by Khaled Ahmed: Imrul Kayes was knocked down by an insider, Evin Lewis injured after an Achilles tendon, Liam Dawson injured to drive, and Shahid Afridi stepping on his Stumps as he went back to the hook to slow down any momentum.
Thisara countered with half a century with 20 balls after entering No. 8, including 30 runs from the 19th against Frylinck.
Shahzad has boosted the Viking chase by scoring 43 of 21 balls in the Powerplay to bring the Vikings to 61 for 1.
Under the pressure of a raging Mushfiqur, Mohammad Saifuddin was eliminated in the 19th round of the Vikings chase by bending a pair of bullets that made the resulting equation of 13 out of eight balls easier to handle.
Mushfiqur surpassed Thisara with his phenomenal anchor role in the successful hunt. It seemed as if Mushfiqur had slipped on a banana peel when referee Alex Wharf had missed the victory in the final ball of the 18th ball.
However, the ruling was overturned at the review after reruns showed that Mushfiqur had some thugs on the ball. It allowed him to complete another 13 runs in the next round to bring the Vikings closer to victory.
Comilla management decision to send Thisara to 8th place. Thisara is only three games away from his 140 of 74 balls against New Zealand. He had followed that up with two more glowing innings of 80 of 63 balls and 43 of 24 against the kiwis before he landed in Bangladesh.
Although he was one of the best batsmen in the world cricket, he entered only on 14 and missed the decisive scoring opportunities.
The Vikings broke out with Comilla, Rajshahi and Rangpur to secure second place with six points, two behind championship leader Dhaka Dynamites. Comilla is fourth, tied with Rajshahi and Rangpur, but ahead of Rajshahi in the net run.