Bangabandhu T20 Tournament
2nd Match: Jemcon Khulna VS Fortune Barisal
Played at SBNCS on 24 November 2020.
Jemcon Khulna 155/6 In 19.5 Overs (Ariful Haq 48*, Shamim Hossain 26, Sumon Khan 2/21, Taskin Ahmed 2/33) Beat Fortune Barisal 152/9 (Pervez Emon 51, Tawhid Hridoy 27, Mahidul Ankon 21, Tamim Iqbal 15, Shahidul Islam 4/17, Shafiul Islam 2/27, Hasan Mahmud 2/45) by 4 Wickets.
Player Of The Match: Ariful Haq
Flamboyant Ariful Haq displaying an Innings fitting from Christopher Henry Gayle earned tournament favorite Jemcon Khulna a hard fought 4 wickets win over strong Fortune Barisal with a ball to spare.
On a dew soaked SBNCS perhaps Tamim played the tricks a bit wrong in bowling out his pacers and preserving off spinner Mehedi for the last over. For a finger spinner it is not easy bowling with wet ball. Moreover, a blaster like Ariful Haq known for his clean hitting it was easy picking. Arif struck 4 sixes in the last over of Mehedy and infact 30 runs were scored of the last 6 deliveries of Khulna Innings earning them what at one stage was thought a very difficult task. The great depth of Khulna batting let them escape unhurt.
Barisal was put to bat in the evening match in anticipation of dew coming and in deed dew played a role in the outcome of the match. Barisal batting first could score 152/9 which appeared at least 20 runs below par as their big guns Tamim (15), Afif (2), Irfan Shakur (11) failed to deliver what was expected of them. However, brilliant pace bowling by Sumon Khan (2/21) and Taskin Ahmed (2/33) reducing Khulna to (5/78) by the 13th over kept them in hunt. Earlier on the day one Mehedi Hasan could defend 8 runs in the last over while more famous Mehedy under flood light leaked 24 in the last over conceding the match as Khulna raced to 155/6 with a ball to spare.
Barisal started disastrously as Mehedy Miraj sent to open the innings perished on the very first ball. Tamim Iqbal fresh after playing from PSL could not do match getting out scoring run a ball 15. Afif also failed to deliver getting out cheaply for 2. Khulna reading the wicket well played four genuine pacers which they could afford having two top spinning all-rounders in Shakib and Mahmudullah. Young Pervez Emon played a very impressive Innings of 51 in 42 deliveries striking 3 fours and 4 sixes. His lack of experience did not let him batting deep and taking the score to 170 plus. Another youngster Tawhid Hridoy was also looking good. He could also could not convert his good start beyond 27 and so could not Mahidul Ankon (21). 152/9 was not a score to defend. Shahidul bowled brilliantly taking 4 /17, Shafiul took 2/27 and Hasan Mahmud took 2/45.
Taskin and Sumon bowling in tandem decimated Khulna to 4/36 within the power play. Anamul Bijoy (4), Imrul Kayes (o), Shkib (15) and Mahmudullah (17) were back in the pavilion. Jahurul Omi (31) tried to resurrect. But he too was gone making 5/78 Barisal was looking good.
What Barisal lacked at that time a seamer as ball got wet by that time. Afif, Aminul and Mehedi had difficulties in gripping the ball. Still Taskin and Sumon kept them in the game as flamboyant Ariful was struggling a little bit earlier. But him and Shamim Hossain batting out of their skin took the team past the target in brilliant fashion. The last five strokes of the match were all brilliant sixes. Ariful alone scored 4 of these in the last over of Mehedy Miraj. Ariful scored unbeaten 48 in 34 deliveries while Shamim scored 26. Taskin took 2/33 & Sumon 2/21.
BDST: 1141 HRS, NOV 25, 2020