Dhaka — Chattogram Challengers posted a mammoth 238 for four in 20 overs against Cumilla Warriors in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Chowdhury Stadium on Friday.
This is now the second-highest team total in the history of BPL. They just fell short of one run of the record total of 239, which was smashed by Rangpur Riders against Chittagong Vikings in January 2019.
Warriors won the toss and sent Challengers to bat first. Challengers lost West Indian opener, Lindlse Simmons, just in 21 runs. But Sri Lankan batsman Avishka Fernando and Imrul Kayes added 85 runs in the second wicket stand and set a solid foundation for the Challengers to put up a big score.
Fernando hit 48 off 27 with three fours and as many sixes while Imrul, who is leading the Challengers in the absence injured Mahmudullah Riyad, smashed 62 off 41 with nine fours and one six. It was Imrul’s second fifty in the season.
However, Chadwick Walton brought the limelight on him with the fiery batting display at Chattogram. He struck 71 off 27 with five fours and six sixes. Walton and Nurul Hasan Shohan added 99 runs in the fifth wicket stand with Nurul hitting 29 off 15 with two fours and two sixes.
Soumya Sarkar bagged two wickets in three overs, but the right-arm medium pacer conceded 44 runs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan and captain Dasun Shanaka of Sri Lanka took one wicket each conceding 31 and 47 runs respectively in four overs each.UNB