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Mashrafe 5-for, clinical batting guide Khulna to final

  • Published at 09:56 pm December 14th, 2020
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Gemcon Khulna's Mashrafe bin Mortaza sends down a delivery during their Bangabandhu T20 Cup Qualifier 1 against Gazi Group Chattogram in Mirpur Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mashrafe produced an outstanding performance, picking up five wickets for 35 runs in his quota of four overs

Gemcon Khulna produced an all-round performance to seal their spot in the final of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup after defeating high-flying Gazi Group Chattogram by 47 runs in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Monday.

Chasing a huge total of 211, Chattogram managed to score 163 in their allotted 20 overs for the loss of all wickets.

Veteran pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza produced an outstanding performance, picking up five wickets for 35 runs in his quota of four overs. 

This is the first five-wicket haul for Mashrafe in T20s, with his previous best in T20Is reading 4/19 and in T20s 4/11.

The right-arm seamer struck in his very first over by taking the wicket of opener Soumya Sarkar. 

In the last ball of the first over of the innings, Soumya (nought) tried to clear the boundary with a pull shot but was caught at deep mid wicket by youngster Shamim Hossain.  

The other opener and in-form Liton Das played some brilliant shots and scored 24 off 12 balls. 

But then he was cleaned up by Mashrafe in the fourth over, which gave Khulna an early edge.

Jahurul Islam provided the fireworks at the top for Khulna Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Chattogram skipper Mohammad Mithun formed a 73-run partnership with youngster Mahmudul Hasan Joy to bring Chattogram back into the chase.

But Mashrafe gave Khulna another crucial breakthrough in the 12th over as he took the wicket of Mahmudul in the first ball.

Later Mithun’s brilliant innings ended after a good slower delivery from medium pacer Ariful Haque in the 14th over and eventually, the port city outfit’s hope of chasing a huge total faded away.

Mashrafe also took the wickets of right-hander Shamsur Rahman (18) and left-hander Mustafizur Rahman (nought) in his fourth and final over, and achieved the first five-wicket haul in T20s in his long and illustrious career.

Apart from Mashrafe’s fifer, young gun Hasan Mahmud and Ariful took two wickets each for Khulna.

Earlier, Mithun won the toss and opted to field first.

Khulna’s heavyweight batting order clicked as per expectation for the first time in the tournament as they posted a mammoth total.

Scoring 210 in the first innings after losing the toss proved that it was a good toss to lose for Khulna.

Khulna captain Mahmudullah struck some lusty blows at the end Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik 

Opener Jahurul Islam was the highest run-scorer for Khulna with a brilliant 80-run innings at the top. 

Jahurul’s 51-ball innings was composed with five fours and four sixes.

Middle-order batsmen Imrul Kayes and Shakib al Hasan continued the high run rate as they scored 25 off 12 deliveries and 28 off 15 balls respectively.

Mahmudullah smashed three sixes and two boundaries in his nine-ball stay at the crease and his 30 helped Khulna to cruise towards a total around 200.

Eventually Khulna finished their innings on 210, their highest in the tournament, losing seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Khulna will now face the winner of Qualifier 2, to be played Tuesday, between Chattogram and Beximco Dhaka.

The final will be played Friday at the same venue.

QUALIFIER 1, GMvGGC

GEMCON KHULNA INNINGS        R    B

Jahurul c Saykat b Mosaddek         80    51

Zakir run out (Joy/Liton)            16    22

Imrul c Joy b Mustafizur         25    12

Shakib b Mustafizur             28    15

Mahmudullah c Soumya b Sanjit     30    9

Ariful run out (Mustafizur)        15    9

Shuvagata not out            0    1

Shamim run out (Mosaddek/Liton)    1    1

Mashrafe not out            6    2

Extras (lb 3, nb 2, w 4)            9

Total (20 Ov, RR: 10.50)            210/7

Fall Of Wickets

1-71 (Zakir), 2-119 (Imrul), 3-132 (Jahurul), 4-163 (Mahmudullah), 5-194 (Ariful), 6-202 (Shakib), 7-204 (Shamim)

GAZI GROUP CHATTOGRAM INNINGS    R    B

Liton b Mashrafe             24    13

Soumya c Shamim b Mashrafe         0    1

Joy c Imrul b Mashrafe             31    27

Mithun b Ariful                 53    35

Mosaddek c Shuvagata b Shakib     17    14

Shamsur c sub (Anamul) b Mashrafe     18    10

Saykat c Jahurul b Hasan         5    4

Nahidul c & b Hasan             4    5

Mustafizur c Shakib b Mashrafe         0    2

Sanjit not out                2    2

Shariful c Mahmudullah b Ariful     0    5

Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 6)            9

Total (19.4 Ov, RR: 8.40)        163

Fall Of Wickets

1-13 (Soumya), 2-27 (Liton), 3-100 (Joy), 4-125 (Mithun), 5-138 (Mosaddek), 6-143 (Saykat), 7-157 (Shamsur), 8-157 (Mustafizur), 9-158 (Nahidul), 10-163 (Shariful)

Bowling

Mashrafe 4-0-35-5, Al-Amin 4-0-32-0, Shakib 4-0-32-1, Hasan 4-0-35-2, Ariful 3.4-0-26-2

Gemcon Khulna won by 47 runs

MoM: Mashrafe bin Mortaza (GK)