HAT-TRICK FOR RIAZ! Slower ball, as he came around the wicket, and Saddam was looking to chip this down the wicket, but got it too close to mid-off. Wahab Riaz finishes this off in style, as Comilla Victorians claim this by 80 runs. That, in T20s, is a hammering!
5.31pm Comilla Victorians are now the top team on the points table, leapfrogging Chittagong on net run rate after this win. It's Dhaka v/s Rangpur in a bit under an hour. Join us for that then on ESPNcricinfo. This is Debayan Sen signing off for the moment.
Imrul Kayes: "I am very happy of how we batted. Each and every player batted really well. (Direct hit on foot) It pained initially, but after icing, the recovery is fine. (Mahedi Hasan) Last two years, he has bowled absolutely brilliantly. He wants the ball at crucial times. Shahidbhai is bowling really well through the tournament. That's why we are more comfortable with the middle overs when bowling."
Evin Lewis is the Man of the Match:" (Groin problem to start the innings) The physios worked with me. At the end of the day, you have to go hard, and if your partner (Tamim) goes hard as well, it takes the pressure off you. Scoring 237 is something you would take any day."
Mahmudullah: "When things aren't going well, it's difficult to explain. It's been a very disappointing season for the team and for me. (Players getting starts) I think if you see a few of our last few matches, especially bowling first, we have had teams at 7 or under at 10 overs, and then teams have scored heavy in the last 10 overs. It's hard to chase 240, because if you keep losing wickets, it hurts you."
MA Hasan: "@Mahfuz: as a tail ender batsman, Afridi didn't get a chance to get set and score big unlike the centurians or scorer more than 70s. It's been always a situation that made him hit from the 1st ball. So, you can't just say he is not a big problem whether It's batting or bowling. Give him a chance and he will show you. I am not bothered as well. But your big problem really turned into a big problem. Haha! Cheers " -- Guys, it's just a game. And one filled with opinions. Everybody's right, okay?
Shahid Afridi tells the broadcasters: "When the ball isn't coming out of the hands properly, off spin is a good option! (Getting two more points) would be great. Bowling, batting and fielding are things we have done well in. If we continue to field well, we'll do it."
5.19pm A comprehensive win then for Comilla, and they set the ball rolling with their batting effort itself. It was Evin Lewis who led the way, but the bowlers completed the job perfectly
TWO IN TWO! Length ball, outside off stump, and Taijul walks across in trying to play it over long leg, and just deflects it on to timber behind him
Tashfia : "Taijul is allowed to bat but not allowed / fit to bowl!!! That makes it more mysterious, right?"
length ball, and he swings it around to midwicket, but there's a man right there for that shot. EIGHT DOWN FOR THE TITANS!
full, cutting into him at 139.1 kph, and he looks to flick it towards midwicket, and there's a big appeal for leg before, but not given. The umpire thought there was an inside edge
fired towards the leg stump, and he is able to get it off his thigh pad towards fine leg
Here's Wahab Riaz, around the wicket to Wiese
length ball, angles across Taijul, as he shapes to cut it away and misses
fuller length, outside off, and he moves closer to it and then drives it straight down towards long on
length ball, and he shimmies down the wicket, and SMASHES IT STRAIGHT BACK OVER THE BOWLER'S HEAD!
slower ball, outside leg, and he looks to flick it towards short fine leg, and gets it off the thigh pad
Ok, mystery resolved. Taijul has come out to bat now. So he is definitely playing today, folks!
Zahid Hossain: "@Amir Ali: Afridi has roughly 1.1 wickets per T20 game. If he had played the same number of games as Bravo (427), he would have similar number of wickets as Bravo (471). Just trying statistics. :-) " --- Afridi definitely dominates discussions on most forums. Have to give it to him for that. Staying relevant for 23 years now!
length ball, and he moves across to try and run it towards point. Afridi with a direct hit! SUPER STUFF!
mahfuj: "@MA Hasan The topic was about batting. You didn't get the content. He was batting at that time and as I expected couldn't create any pressure as a batsman on Khulna. Hope you understand. Don't be too bothered . Cheers!!!!!"
length outside off, and he hits it hard down the ground towards long off
slower ball, outside off, and he misses with an attempted drive towards cover
fuller, towards leg stump, and he flicks it towards long leg
full, outside off, and he drives it towards backward point
length ball, outside off, and he drives it on the up, towards cover
slower ball, length, and he looks to go down the ground, but plays it towards long. Dawson, a substitute fielder, takes it gleefully. The end is in sight for Comilla, and they will hope to get Khulna bowled out quickly here, to boost their net run rate
PaponDa: "Can't wait to see Dhaka vs Rangpur Gayle, Hales, ABD, Rossow, Russell, Pollard All the T20 Big Guns will B in action" --- Yup, coming up not long from now, with live commentary right here on ESPNcricinfo
length ball, angles across him, and he misses with an attempted heave over midwicket
MA Hasan: "@Mahfuz: Where are you brother? This is what I've mentioned before. Afridi has already been a big problem for Khulna, what a spell with the ball. 3 big wickets in his cage. Still you don't see any of his impact on bpl ? "
takes a straight ball on the full and hits it straight towards long on
Damith Wendabon: "Thisara Perera is the only one modern type cricketer in srilankan current squad."
Tajender: "If Afridi would have played all the IPL then he would have crossed 500 wickets."
fuller ball, and he looks to go over covers, but it has gone high, and taken! Intelligent bowling to have delivered it wider of off stump, and forced the shot to get skewed wider than he might have been aiming for, and Saifuddin runs around from covers and completes a good take
short, and he has tried to fetch this from outside off towards midwicket...and it has JUST MADE IT FOR SIX!