Basnahira v Nagenahira, SLPL, Pallekele August 17, 2012

Mushfiqur carries Nagenahira home


Nagenahira Nagas (Mushfiqur 54*, Nannes 3-34) beat Basnahira Cricket Dunee 146 (Dilshan 35, Eranga 3-20) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Another stellar bowling performance underpinned a third consecutive victory for Nagenahira Nagas, as they breezed past Basnahira Cricket Dundee's 146 with six wickets and one over to spare. Shaminda Eranga's three for 20 from four overs and an economical spell from Sachith Pathirana ensured Cricket Dundee could not launch a sustained surge at any stage, and Mushfiqur Rahim's cool unbeaten 54 guided the Nagas unfussily to the modest target.

Once again Eranga troubled batsmen with seam, on a pitch that retained enough spice to accommodate movement in both directions despite one match already having been played on it earlier in the evening. An away-swinger caught the outside of Dhanushka Gunathilleke's bat, his drive going to mid off, and Cameron Borgas fell in similar fashion to Eranga much later in the innings. Sachithra Serasinghe's bottom edge completed Eranga's haul, but the dot balls amid the breakthroughs were almost as crucial to his side's cause.

Dilshan was forced into reticence once again through early wickets and tight bowling, and his 35 took 31 deliveries. Dimuth Karunaratne and Borgas also got starts, but neither were able to spur the run rate to any great extent as the Nagas continued to get regular breakthroughs.

Imran Nazir retured hurt early for the Nagas, after he pulled a muscled playing a pull stroke, but Angelo Mathews and Mushfiqur combined to provide substance to the chase, with a measured third-wicket stand of 57. Both batsmen collected the runs on offer from the spinners, and scored heavily square of the wicket off the seam bowlers, while striking the odd boundary to keep up with the required rate.

Mathews' demise for 30 did not deter Mushfiqur, who found another solid partner in Angelo Perera, and the pair set about closing the game out quickly with a spate of boundaries. A six to Mushfiqur, off the last ball of the penultimate over, took him past fifty and secured the tournament top-spot for the Nagas, who appear to be the form side of the early stages.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Rasa143BD on August 20, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    The Bangladeshi captain is Musfiqur Rahim showing his best of batting.... all the best M.Rahim

  • Inaz on August 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I am big fan of Bangladesh cricket (Srilankan). No offence guys I see lot of comments to replace Nasir hossain with Travis Birt, are you guys joking? I am a fan of Nasir hossain but still have you actually seen him playing. It should be on youtube (Big Bash), man he is equal or better than Chris Gayle.

  • dummy4fb on August 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @KEVINS...lool This Bangladesh team still lose to Ireland? Funny the last 4 times this Bangladesh team played Ireland, Bangladesh won all 4 of them so that argument is clearly invalid. Secondly, instead of worrying about our team worry about your team instead you have clearly declined in Cricket plus knocked out by us not only in the Asia Cup but also the UNDER-19 WORLD CUP haha...good luck in PLATE Championship maybe you can have dinner on that plate :)

  • dummy4fb on August 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well done Mushy, but you shud not get carried away. You shud look to play consistently. For those asking why Eranga was man of the match, it is SLPL and it aims to encourage the youngsters from Sri Lanka. BPL had such opportunities, too, but it didn't take those chances. It rather focused on more foreign glamour and gave them more awards. Believe me, this is the right way to improve in international cricket.

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    BANGLADESHISH r coming very fast... Hope one day they will climb on top... SAKIB, TAMIM, MUSHFIQ, NASIR- and lot of young star r doing well and showing their cool temparment as well... That day is not so far...

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    great job mushfiq, T20 world cup is waiting for you.

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    he supposed to be man of the match. Anyway, we never mind when politics is in sports though. congrats mushi..

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Well Done Mushfiq. We r proud of u. Keep it up and perform like this in the World Cup T20

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    thanks to slpl for gave chance bd cricketer to show ther talent.............

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Congratulation musfiqur rahim! we are happy for ur perfomance . thnx

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