Chittagong crush leaders Sylhet
Chittagong Kings 193 for 4 (Naeem 58, Nabi 3-27) beat Sylhet Royals 74 all out (Rubel 3-14, Enamul 3-14) by 119 runs
Chittagong Kings blazed to their fourth win in a row as they trounced Sylhet Royals by a whopping 119 runs. Their opening batsmen and new-ball bowlers set up the win, their fifth overall, in the most dominant fashion this season.
After trouncing Dhaka by 88 runs the previous day, they bettered the highest victory margin in the competition with this big win.
Naeem Islam and Brendan Taylor began the game with a fiery 118-run opening stand with the Bangladesh batsman taking over his Zimbabwean team-mate when it was time to attack. Naeem struck six boundaries and two sixes in his 43-ball 58 and Taylor matched his score.
After both were dismissed within ten balls of each other, Ryan ten Doeschate and Mahmudullah quickly added 56 for the fourth wicket. Ten Doeschate, the Netherlands allrounder, made 37 off 18 balls with three sixes while Mahmudullah was unbeaten on a 13-ball 24 with a couple of sixes.
Only Mohammad Nabi made any in-roads into Kings picking up three cheap wickets with his offspin, while the rest of the attack floundered badly.
But Royals were always facing an uphill task as they chased 194 runs to win. They were without captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the duo whose fifties helped them chase a big total against Rangpur Riders the previous day.
Shaun Tait removed the openers and big-hitter Nazmul Hossain Milon with his pace, before Rubel Hossain worked out the middle-order. After both pace bowlers took three wickets each, Arafat Sunny removed Mohammad Nabi who was Royals' only substantial contributor with 35 runs. Enamul Haque jnr completed the rout with three more wickets.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent