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Mahedi Hasan spins Sylhet Sixers to heavy defeat

Mahedi Hasan's triple-wicket over put Victorians firmly in control Raton Gomes

Comilla Victorians 69 for 2 (Shamsur 34*, Kayes 30*) beat Sylhet Sixers 68 (Kapali 33*, Mahedi 4-22, Wahab 3-15) by 8 wickets

How the game played out

On the tournament's first night in Sylhet, the Sixers laid a massive egg in front of their home fans as they were bowled out for the second lowest total of BPL 2019 to set up a lopsided victory for Comilla Victorians.

Sixers never recovered from a limp Powerplay in which they were reduced to 16 for 5 thanks to a triple-wicket over from spinner Mahedi Hasan. Wahab Riaz then wiped out the tail with a series of full and straight deliveries in an innings that lasted just 14.5 overs.

But for Victorians, the memory of being bowled out for 63 three matches earlier seemed fresh in their minds as they pursued the target in conservative fashion. The visitors crawled through their own Powerplay at 24 for 2 before inching their way to victory.

Turning points

- David Warner was the second wicket in the Mahedi sequence, playing well inside the line of a ball that straightened a fraction to be bowled. Atif Hossain overcompensated next ball playing outside the line of one that went straight on to put Mahedi on a hat-trick.

- After Mahedi's three-wicket over, Nicholas Pooran was given out lbw on a ball from Mohammad Saifuddin that appeared to be pitching outside leg, but DRS was not available for this match.

- Victorians looked shaky at 15 for 2 in the chase when Imrul Kayes slashed Sohail Tanvir to Al-Amin Hossain at third man, but a chance was spilled over the rope for six. Kayes and Shamsur Rahman settled thereafter in an unbeaten 59-run stand to close out the match.

Star of the day

Mahedi suffocated the Sixers from the start and never allowed them to get into the match. He bowled Andre Fletcher with an offspinner's classic dipping and turning to beat the West Indian through the gate to get things going, then terrorised a trio of lefties as they struggled to adjust to his angle around the wicket.

The big miss

No DRS. For the first match day of the tournament, the lack of technology hurt the hosts very badly. Not only was Pooran's lbw decision almost certain to be overturned, but Sabbir Rahman was the victim of another dubious lbw appeal missing a sweep to Liam Dawson on a ball that may have been sliding down leg.

Where the teams stand

Victorians move up to a tie for second place with Chittagong Vikings on six points, two behind Dhaka Dynamites who are first with eight points, though Victorians have a better net run rate than Vikings. Sylhet are in last place, even with Khulna Titans on two points but with a worse net run rate.

Victorians 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0Tamim IqbalAnamul Haque
2nd10Shamsur RahmanTamim Iqbal
3rd59Shamsur RahmanImrul Kayes

Bangladesh Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR1284161.018
CV1284160.066
CHV127514-0.293
DD1266120.974
RK126612-0.518
SS1257100.066
KT122104-1.259
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