Mahmudullah stars in Bangladesh A win
Bangladesh A 207 for 9 (Mahmudullah 54, Babu 3-51) beat Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy 151 (Mahmudullah 2-21) by 56 runs
Bangladesh allrounder Mahmudullah turned in a fine allround performance as Bangladesh A handed Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy (BCBA) their second straight defeat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, this one by 56 runs. BCBA were bowled out for 76 against Bangladesh in their first game, and while their batsmen performed better this time around, it wasn't enough to prevent another loss.
Having chosen to field, BCBA's bowlers made a bright start, reducing Bangladesh A to 48 for 3 in the 15th over. Mahmudullah then steadied the innings with 54 from 69 balls to ease them out of trouble. He shared in two partnerships of over 40 with Naeem Islam (17) and Shamshur Rahman (18) and after he fell on 160, the lower order carried the team past 200. Three other batsmen got into the 20s, but none could carry on, with Elias Sunny, who made 25, the second highest scorer. Alauddin Babu was the most successful bowler, taking 3 for 51, while Sohag Gazi took 2 for 29.
BCBA made a positive start to their chase, despite losing Abdul Mazid early, but slumped from 52 for 1 in the 14th over to 60 for 4 in the 17th over. They were never in the game after that, losing wickets are regular intervals, and Mahmudullah knocked over the last two batsmen to finish with figures of 2 for 21 and earn the Man-of-the-Match award.