Gazi powers Pirates to final
An emphatic all-round performance by Shohag Gazi, who smacked a 55-ball 70 with the bat and finished with figures of 2 for 19, led Pirates of Chittagong to the final of the CJKS Corporate T20 Cricket Tournament with a 7-run win over Kwality at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
Shohag, who came in to bat at number five, following the failure of his side's top-order including Nazimuddin (19) and Nasir Hossain (0), hammered two sixes and six fours on a slow and low track. He single-handedly led the Pirates to a par-score of 127. For Kwality, Elias Sunny (3-19) and Mohammad Sharif (3-16) were the key performers with the ball.
While chasing, Kwality were on par with the required run-rate for most parts of their innings, courtesy of a 73-run stand for the second wicket between Mahbubul Karim (56) and Taiabur Parvez (30). However, once the pair was dismissed, the middle-order crumbled and they were restricted to 120 for 7.
The Pirates will now meet Shakib Al Hasan's FMC Fighters in the final today.