16th Match (N), Sylhet, Jan 15 2019, Bangladesh Premier League
Victorians won by 8 wickets (with 53 balls remaining)
player of the match
Mahedi Hasan
Comilla Warriors
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• The Report by Peter Della Penna

Mahedi Hasan spins Sylhet Sixers to heavy defeat

The spinner took 4 for 22 as the Sixers were bowled out for just 68 in their first match on home ground, giving Comilla Victorians an easy chase

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Commentator: @saurabh_42
Scorecard summary
Sylhet Sixers68/10(14.5 overs)
Comilla Victorians69/2(11.1 overs)

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9.16pm Two more points for Comilla. Easy-paced enough chase in the end despite the wobble at the start. But once they had bowled out Sylhet for 68, it would have taken something extraordinary to win. That didn't happen. Comiilla have 6 points, and are in second place on the points table.

David Warner: "It wasn't ideal, but you have to complement the way they bowled. They took ten wickets which were genuine wickets, there weren't any poor shots. And when you lose wickets up front you get in a defensive mindset. They really took it away from us in that first six overs. The wet outfield helped, with the ball coming on better once it was wet. That's something we have to think about. We need to minimise the damage when the ball is dry and we're batting, and then look to control things when bowling with a wet ball."

Mahedi Hasan is the man of the match. "Everyone dreams of doing well and so did I. I was normal on the hat-trick ball. I was confident after Saifuddin had bowled a good first over."

Imrul Kayes, the winning skipper. "Completely team effort for a good performance. I'll give all credit to our spinners, especially Mahedi. Wahab came today and came straight here. It's very difficult to play here, but he has done that. Overall, our pacers are bowling excellently. I thought if we stayed at the wicket we could easily finish the game (with Shamsur). Everyone is happy with the win and our confidence is up. Last match we played brilliantly but we lost, but that can happen."

Afif to Imrul, 2 runs

flat and angled into the batsman, flicked to deep square leg and it's in the gap, so they can pick up the two runs needed for victory. Comfortable eight-wicket win in the end, and they'll have boosted their net run-rate by getting there in 11.1 overs

Only two runs needed

end of over 1111 runs
CW: 67/2CRR: 6.09 RRR: 0.22
Imrul Kayes28 (21)
Shamsur Rahman34 (37)
Al-Amin Hossain 1-0-10-0
Alok Kapali 2-0-13-0
Al-Amin to Imrul, 1 run

flicked to fine leg

Al-Amin to Imrul, no run

good comeback by the bowler with a slower bouncer, the batsman shaped to pull then decided against it

Al-Amin to Imrul, FOUR runs

carved over extra-cover with great timing and power. Too full on the stumps, and he steps away and lets his arms swing freely. They want to finish it in this over

Al-Amin to Rahman, 1 run

length ball, nipping back in, he has a swat at it, but it rolls to midwicket off the under-edge

Al-Amin to Imrul, 1 leg bye

good length on leg stump, pitched outside leg though. Beats his forward defence and raps him on the back pad, nipping off the seam. Can't be lbw because it pitched outside leg. They take a leg-bye to short third man

Al-Amin to Imrul, FOUR runs

very full on the stumps, and driven straight back. Beats the bowler, beats a clumsy dive by mid-off and straight into the fence

sumit saha: "Its a good opportunity for Victorian's to improve Net Run Rate. Which could be vital in the later of group stage. "

end of over 1012 runs
CW: 56/2CRR: 5.60 RRR: 1.30
Imrul Kayes19 (16)
Shamsur Rahman33 (36)
Alok Kapali 2-0-13-0
Nabil Samad 3-0-15-0
Kapali to Imrul, 1 run

full and outside off, drives through the covers

Kapali to Rahman, 1 run

goes back and punches a flatter delivery to long-on

Kapali to Rahman, no run

looks like the googly, which he tucks to a wide mid-on

Kapali to Rahman, FOUR runs

another long hop and he hammers it over deep midwicket, quick feet taking him back in the crease and then his power doing the rest

Kapali to Rahman, 2 runs

drags the length short and Shamsur rocks back to pull it to the left of midwicket

Kapali to Rahman, FOUR runs

it's too full for the sweep shot, but he somehow manages it, possibly because he doesn't get fully down on one knee.

end of over 911 runs
CW: 44/2CRR: 4.88 RRR: 2.27
Shamsur Rahman22 (31)
Imrul Kayes18 (15)
Nabil Samad 3-0-15-0
Alok Kapali 1-0-1-0

That's the time out.

Nabil to Rahman, 1 run

leans into the tossed up delivery outside off and drives through extra cover

Nabil to Imrul, 1 run

nudges a flatter delivery off his pads to deep square leg

Nabil to Imrul, 2 runs

slices the shortish delivery outside off to deep point

Nabil to Imrul, SIX runs

has some room to free the arms and so he gets down on one leg and slog sweeps the ball over square leg. Excellent shot

Nabil to Rahman, 1 run

good length on middle, he blocks towards point

Nabil to Rahman, no run

tossed up on off stump, drives to cover

end of over 81 run
CW: 33/2CRR: 4.12 RRR: 3.00
Imrul Kayes9 (12)
Shamsur Rahman20 (28)
Alok Kapali 1-0-1-0
Taskin Ahmed 1-0-8-0
Kapali to Imrul, no run

drags it down short, and he wanted to slog-sweep it, but doesn't connect. Inside edged onto pad

Match details
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
TossComilla Victorians, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League
Player Of The Match
Mahedi Hasan
Mahedi Hasan
Match days15 January 2019 - night (20-over match)
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Masudur Rahman
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Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
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Tanvir Ahmed
Reserve Umpire
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Mahfuzur Rahman
Match Referee
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Showkatur Rahman
PointsComilla Victorians 2, Sylhet Sixers 0