Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim put on a crucial fourth-wicket partnership with Shahriar Nafees to take Barisal Bulls to 148 for six against Dhaka Dynamites in the second Bangladesh Premier League match of the day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
The pair came together at 44 for three after Dhaka Dynamites skipper Shakib Al Hasan called correctly at the toss and was rewarded by Mohammad Shahid having Shamsur Rahman caught at slip in the third over. That was soon followed by a screamer of a take by Nasir Hossain at point to have Dishan Munaweera caught off Dwayne Bravo in the sixth over. Dawid Malan then holed out to Bravo at deep midwicket off Shakib in eighth over.
Barisal seemed in trouble on a tough pitch and a slow outfield, but the subsequent 82-run stand between Nafees and Mushfiqur gave them a fighting chance. Nafees was the aggressor in the partnership, scoring a 34-ball 55 with seven fours and two sixes. His dismissal, bowled by Shahid, ended the 51-ball association, but Mushfiqur carried on, taking the side to a competitive total with an unbeaten 36-ball 50 with four boundaries and two sixes.