The fourth round of the ongoing Victory Day T20 Cup witnessed a series of emphatic individual performances in Sylhet yesterday. It began with UCB BCB XI pacer Al Amin Hossain's rare feat of picking up five Abahani wickets in an over, which also saw him scalp four wickets in the last four deliveries. The performance led his side to a two-wicket win.
That was followed by Shakib Al Hasan's brilliant all-round performance for Prime Bank Cricket Club against Mohammedan in the second game where he scored an unbeaten half-century with the bat and then took 6 wickets for 18 runs in a record 2.4 overs -- which is the quickest six-wicket haul. The game also saw Prime Bank's Anamul Haque score 105 off just 63 balls. Prime Bank moved to top of the table by defeating Mohammedan by 159 runs, which is the third largest victory, in terms of runs, in T20 cricket.
Abahani, who were without their injured skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, after being put into bat, lost early wickets but recovered courtesy of a fighting 55 by Soumya Sarker. With hard-hitting Nazmul Hossain Milon (21 off 11) on strike Abahani were poised at a healthy 141 for 6 in 19 overs and looked good to cross the relieving 150-mark. But, Al-Amin then came in and took five wickets off the last six balls and helped bundle the side out for just 143.
In reply, BCB XI rode on Tamim Iqbal's 52-ball 61 to post 146 for 8 on the penultimate ball of the innings.
Anamul became the highest scorer of the tournament with his century. He hammered nine sixes and five fours in his 90-minute innings and was well supported by Shakib's 28-ball 57. Powered by the duo, Prime Bank posted 204 for 3.
In reply, Mohammedan were bamboozled by Shakib's spin and were bundled out for 45 runs in just 8.4 overs. This was the second time this year that Shakib took six wickets in a T20 innings, following his 6 for 6 in the Caribbean Premier League in August.
ABAHANI: 143 all out (Soumya 55; Al Amin 5-17, Arafat Sunny 2-26)
UCB BCB XI: 146 for 8 in 19.5 overs (Tamim 61; Shuvasish Roy 4-27)
Result: UCB-BCB XI won by two wickets.
PRIME BANK: 204 for 3 (Anamul 105, Shakib 57; Mashrafe 2-34)
MOHAMMEDAN: 45 all out in 8.4 overs (Rakibul Hossain 13; Shakib 6-18)
Result: Prime Bank won by 159 runs.