• Delport, Birch trade BPL blows

    South Africans Cameron Delport and Andrew Birch ended on the right and wrong ends of the result respectively, in Wednesday’s Bangladesh Premier League fixture between the Chittagong Vikings and Dhaka Dynamites.

    Delport surpassed 200 runs in the 2019 tournament en route to an entertaining 71. His 57-ball stay featured five fours and four sixes in the Vikings’ final total of 174 for five. Delport was ultimately named Player of the Match, as the Dynamites’ chase ended on an insufficient 163 for nine.

    The hard-hitting left-hander capitalised against an opposition attack led by Birch and West Indian Andre Russell. Birch’s return to the Dynamites XI proved expensive amid four wicketless overs for 35 runs.

    Tail-ender Birch, too, was unable to gather the dozen runs required for victory during the Dynamites’ failed chase at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

    Birch and Delport played in South Africa’s inaugural Mzansi Super League late last year. The former represented the Tshwane Spartans and the latter the Paarl Rocks.

    The BPL has relished the participation of other South Africans, too, including former captain AB de Villiers, all-rounder David Wiese and batsman Christiaan Jonker.

    Ex-Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener is also in the mix, coaching the Rajshahi Kings.

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