Proteas all-rounder Robbie Frylinck performed well with bat and ball in the Bangladesh Premier League on Wednesday, but was unable to prevent the Chittagong Vikings from slipping to a five-run defeat at the hands of the Sylhet Sixers at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
Frylinck removed Australian batsman David Warner en route to fine figures of three for 26, as the Sixers climbed to a final total of 168 for five.
Warner is serving a ban from international cricket for his involvement in ball-tampering during last year’s Test series in South Africa, but is allowed to play in domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world.
The hard-hitting Frylinck later struck 44 not out from a mere two dozen deliveries. His cameo was complemented by fellow South African Cameron Delport’s 38 from 22, but the Vikings only managed an insufficient 163 for seven.
The 34-year-old is the 2019 BPL’s joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Rangpur Riders star Mashrafe Mortaza. Both seamers have seven wickets. Frylinck, though, has played one less match than Mortaza.
Frylinck has played three T20Is for the Proteas – and was a key member of the Tshwane Spartans’ squad for the inaugural Mzansi Super League in South Africa recently.
Wednesday’s second fixture at the same venue saw former Proteas all-rounder David Wiese hit 14 down the order and bowled 3.5 wicketless overs for the Khulna Titans in a seven-wicket defeat to the Rajshahi Kings, who are coached by ex-South African all-rounder Lance Klusener.
Friday will bring key clashes between the Riders and Dhaka Dynamites – and Kings Comilla Victorians. The Riders also boast the services of South African batsmen AB de Villiers and Rilee Rossouw – and West Indian big-hitter Chris Gayle.