|| CF Correspondent ||
Shoaib Malik struck a 38 ball-61 as Rajshahi Royals compiled a hefty 190-3 against Cumilla Warriors in their sixth game of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Cumilla opted to bowl first after winning the toss but Liton Das and Afif Hossain proved it wrong by giving Rajshahi a fluent start as they combined for 56 runs off 38 balls for the opening stand.
Left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam broke through with the wicket of Liton who scored 24 off 19, hitting two fours and one six.
Afif looked set to play big innings but Soumya halted his march, rattling his stump for 30 ball-43 in which he smote six fours and one six.
Shoaib Malik held on end with utmost confidence and kept the run flowing with captain Andre Russell giving the late impetus. Russell smashed four towering sixes to clobber 21 ball-37 not out as Rajshai piled up 73 runs in the last five overs.
Malik, before being run out in the last ball of the innings clattered five fours ans three sixes in his 61.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sunzamul Islam and Soumya Sarkar picked up one wicket apiece for Cumilla.