Fortune Barishal 221 for 2 (Parvez 100*, Tamim 53, Saifuddin 1-40) beat Minister Rajshahi 220 for 7 (Shanto 109, Emon 69, Rabbi 4-49) by eight wickets
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Fortune Barishal aced a tall chase of 221 against Minister Rajshahi, a game that lit up the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. Rajshahi would be wondering what they would have to do to turn their fortunes around after suffering their fourth straight defeat, despite their captain Najmul Hossain Shanto hitting 109. But it was Parvez Hossain Emon, the Under-19 World Cup-winner, who struck the winning runs with a cover-driven boundary, that took him to his maiden century and Barishal home with 11 balls to spare.
Having arrived at the crease in the fifth over, Emon had a rampant Tamim Iqbal at the other end, who had already added 44 runs in 4.3 overs with Saif Hassan, the latter blasting 27 off 15 balls. Emon struck nine fours and seven sixes in his 42-ball hurricane that contained plenty of power-hitting down the ground, as well as well-timed cross-bat shots. He didn't let up on picking up the ones and twos.
Tamim later said that when Emon struck Farhad Reza for three sixes and a four in the 13th over, reducing the runs required to win to 62 from 86, he brisk hitting got Barishal back in the game. Emon's batting was particularly impressive after Tamim's dismissal, when Barishal still needed 60 runs in 6.4 overs.
Tamim, who had struck five fours and a six in his 37-ball 53, while adding 117 runs for the second with Emon, fell in the 14th over. It was followed by Emon and Afif Hossain adding 60 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand, with the latter contributing an unbeaten 26 off 16 balls.
Rajshahi had posted the formidable 220 for 7 in 20 overs following a 131-run opening stand. Shanto equalled Tamim's record of 11 sixes in a Bangabandhu T20 Cup match, most by a Bangladeshi batsman, during his 55-ball 109. His opening partner Anisul Islam Emon made 69 off 39 balls with seven fours and three sixes, before Kamrul Islam Rabbi took his first T20 hat-trick in the last over.
Barishal and Rajshahi are now level on points with one playoff place still undecided.
Gazi Group Chattogram 162 for 7 (Shamsur 45*, Joy 24, Shakib 2-30) beat Gemcon Khulna 157 for 9 (Shuvagata 32*, Jahurul 26, Shoriful 3-34) by three wickets
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Shamsur Rahman was cool and calculated in taking Gazi Group Chattogram to a three-wicket win against Gemcon Khulna. Their grab of the scrappy contest was their fifth win in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, putting them clear on top of the points table with two matches left to play.
Khulna, who remain in second place with eight points, let the game slip in the last three overs in which they had to defend 37 runs.
Shamsur, who saw Chattogram lose four wickets for 49 runs in seven overs in the middle of their innings, struck two beautiful fours at the end of the 18th over, before Nahidul Islam struck Shuvagata Hom for two crucial sixes in the penultimate over. Although he got out off the last ball, he left Chattogram to take nine runs off the last over.
Mustafizur Rahman swung at his second delivery to get a boundary in the last over, before they exchanged three singles, much to the dismay of Chattogram coach Mohammad Salahuddin who signalled that Shamsur could have hit the ball harder off the fourth ball. With two required off the last ball, Shamsur swung Al-Amin Hossain over the square-leg boundary for a six.
When Khulna batted first, their innings was meandering to nowhere when Shuvagata Hom, usually a middle-order batsman but sent down to No. 9 in this game, got hold of it in the 17th over. He struck six fours and a flat pulled six in his 14-ball unbeaten 32, as Khulna added 38 valuable runs in the last three overs. Until that point, Chattogram had kept the Khulna batsmen in check.
Left-arm quick Shoriful Islam mixed his lengths very well, removing Zakir Hasan and Jahurul Islam with bouncers while Mahmudullah was suckered out of the crease before missing the pinpoint yorker. Apart from Shoriful's three wickets, Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets while Mosaddek Hossain and Ziaur Rahman took one each.