Defending Champions Comilla Victorians were outlasted first by Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim Iqbal in the first innings and then Mohammad Nabi’s superb four-fer in the second to get off to a losing start in the BPL 2016.
Tamim Iqbal hit Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary off the second ball of the match, sparking Chittagong Vikings’ plan that was splendidly executed by their playing unit. Mohammad Nabi, the star allrounder from Afghanistan, struck twice in his first two overs – grabbing Liton Das and Azhar Zaidi – and in the end enjoyed stunning figures of 4 for 23, in what was a Man-of-the-Match bowling showcase in a dominating 29-run win.
Defending a decent 162, Dwayne Smith compensated for his poor batting display with an early wicket, catching Imrul Kayes early on in third over. Another West Indian powerhouse in Marlon Samuels looked solid with his 18-ball stay, however departed in rather disappointing fashion after adding 23 to the chase.
At 36 for 2, Nabi’s doublet of wickets helped the Vikings get a stranglehold on the game, leaving the Champions reeling at 58 for 4 inside 10 overs. The pursuit, yielding in portions, was handled a final knockout when Mashrafe Mortaza lost his ground to Tymal Mills, the quick bowler from England. Taskin Ahmed, coming back from a troublesome period on the sidelines, caught up with Imad Wasim’s wicket next over and the Victorians were almost down and out. Nazmul Hossain 42-ball fifty ended up being an insignificant relief in a losing cause.