|| CF Correspondent ||
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad struck an unbeaten 48 off 33 as Chattogram Challengers recovered from a hiccup half-way through the innings to amass 155-5 against Rajshahi Royals in their last group match of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The match is crucial for both of the team to occupy one of the top two slots in a bid to avoid Eliminator game.
The opening pair of Chattogram—Chris Gayle and Junaid Siddique gave the side a decent start after Rajshahi sent them to batting.
Junaid made a run-a-ball-23 before being dismissed by Shoaib Malik but Gayle looked on his way to big score.
As he was completely set in the crease, Afif Hossain gave Rajshahi a crucial breakthrough, having dismissed Gayle who eventually scored 23 off 21 with one four and two sixes.
Gayle’s dismissal slowed down the innings and to Chattogram’s frustration, their inform batsman Imrul Kayes also couldn’t make his start count as Taijul Islam got rid of him after his 18 ball-19.
Chattogram got a further setback losing Chadwick Walton for 4 before Nurul Hasan Sohan and Mahmudullah Riyad helped the side hit back and paced the innings.
Sohan though was removed by after 17 ball-30, hitting four fours and one six, Mahmudullah stayed till the end of the innings and pushed the side past 150.
Mahmudullah struck two fours and three sixes in his knock.
Mohammad Irfan, Abu Jayed rahi, Taijul islam, Afif Hossain and Shoaib Malik picked up one wicket apiece for Rajshahi.