Mahmudullah steers Bangladesh A to title
Bangladesh A 187 for 6 (Mahmudullah 78*) beat Bangladesh 185 (Kapali 68, Reza 3-54) by four wickets
Bangladesh A chased down a target of 186 with four wickets to spare against Bangladesh in the BCB Cup final in Dhaka. The win was set up by an unbeaten knock of 78 from Mahmudullah, who was recently named vice-captain of the national side.
Batting first, none of Bangladesh's batsmen, apart from Alok Kapali, managed to build an innings. Kapali, batting at No. 6, struck a positive 68 to take his side close to a respectable total. His knock was studded with ten boundaries, and came after his side had been reduced to 74 for 5 in 20.1 overs. Bangladesh A's bowlers shared the wickets around, but Farhad Reza was the pick - he claimed Tamim Iqbal early in the innings, before returning to clean up the tail in the 46th over.
The chase was off to a dismal start, with Abdur Razzak and Rubel Hossain knocking over Bangladesh A's top three for next to nothing . They were reduced to 6 for 3 in the seventh over, before Raqibul Hasan and Mahmudullah steadied the innings with a half-century partnership. Hasan was run out for 32 and Kapali knocked over a couple in quick succession with his legspin. However, Reza struck a quick 27 as Mahmudullah remained solid at the other end, to finish the match with an over in hand.