Bowlers have put in a superlative show in a lowscoring match to help Comilla Victorians to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League.The Bulls were skittled out for a measly 89 in the 18.3 overs after electing to bat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.Nuwan Kulasekera, Ashar Zaidi and Abu Hider Rony kept the Barisal Bulls batsmen under their thumb. The total was the lowest for a team batting first in the BPL.The Comilla team lost only their openers to reach the target for a second straight win.Imrul Kayes had to wait until the Victorians’ third match to score his first runs in this edition but perished off Al-Amin Hossain in the fourth over after making just 13.Mahmudul Hasan opened the innings with Kayes after Litton Kumer Das failed to make any impact in the first two matches.He paired with Marlon Samuels (23 not out) for a 37-run partnership before being sent back by Kevon Cooper for 31.Samuels and Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury (12 not out) played safely as the Victorians sailed to the target with two overs to spare.
Earlier, the Bulls had lost wickets regularly from the outset.Kulasekera struck twice in his first over taking out opener Shahriar Nafees (3) and Brendan Taylor (0) – both caught behind. The latter is yet to reach double figures in this edition.Left-arm pacer Rony sent captain Mahmudullah (9) and Rony Talukdar (17) back in successive overs to pile the pressure on the Bulls who were reduced to 36 for 4 in 8 overs. Pakistani spinner Zaidi then sucked the air out of the Bulls with a double strike as he saw the back of Sabbir Rahman (10) and Seekkuge Prasanna (0) in consecutive balls.
After Cooper (22) had averted the hat-trick, Zaidi went through the gates of Nadif Chowdhury (7) to leave the Bulls reeling on 58 for 7.Cooper, Taijul Islam (3) and Mohammad Sami (6) could not save Barisal Bulls’ blushes as their team folded for the lowest-ever BPL score after batting first.Kulasekera was the chief tormentor for the Bulls, returning 3 for 8 in 3 overs. Zaidi gave away for 16 runs for his three wickets while Rony chipped in with two wickets.It was the first defeat of this edition for Mahmudullah and his men.