Mahmudullah, Ziaur star in Chittagong win
Chittagong Kings 154 for 3 (Mahmudullah 56*, Ziaur 48*) beat Sylhet Royals 152 for 4 (Akmal 54, Trego 51) by seven wickets
An unbeaten century stand between Mahmudullah and Ziaur Rahman helped Chittagong Kings chase down 153 against Sylhet Royals in Mirpur. The win puts Chittagong at the top of the points table, while it was the fourth loss in four games for Sylhet.
Sylhet had chosen to bat and were jolted early, with opener Imrul Kayes falling for a duck. That wicket brought captain Peter Trego to the crease and he put on a solid partnership with Kamran Akmal. The pair added 83 in ten overs, but could not provide an adequate late surge and fell soon after crossing their fifties. That meant Sylhet finished on 152 for 4.
After the Powerplay in the chase, Sylhet looked good to register maiden points in the competition, picking up three wickets and keeping Chittagong to 45 in 6.1 overs. However, that was a good as it got for Sylhet. From there on captain Mahmudullah and Ziaur flayed the bowling around, adding 109 at almost ten an over. They smacked six sixes between them to take Chittagong home in the 18th over. Mahmudullah finished on 56 not out and was named Man of the Match.
Sylhet, meanwhile, will replace fast bowler Rubel Hossain with Abul Hossain in their squad. Rubel has been ruled out of the BPL 2012 with a shoulder injury.