• Lewis blitz places Victorians second

    West Indian opening batsman Evin Lewis’s unbeaten century for the Comilla Victorians helped secure an 80-run victory over the Kulna Titans, and is Monday’s Play of the Day, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    Lewis’s quickfire 109 not out off only 49 balls saw the opener help his team post a mammoth 237-5 with an explosive demonstration of Caribbean batting that rightfully earned him the Player of the Match award in Chattogram.

    The left-hander batted throughout the Victorians’ allotted overs, and his innings was littered with five world-class fours and 10 towering sixes that left the opposition bowlers stumped.

    His partnerships with Imrul Kayes (39 off 21 balls, 4×4, 2×6) and Tamim Iqbal (25 off 29 balls, 3×4, 1×6) at the top of the innings helped set up a blistering finish to the innings that saw him score 59 runs in four overs alongside Shamsur Rahman (28 not out off 15 balls 1×4, 2×6) during the death overs.

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    Zimbabwean Brendan Taylor’s 50 off 33 balls (5×4,1×6) and Junaid Siddique’s (27 off 24 balls, 4×4, 1×6) at the top of the innings were the only notable contributions as the star-studded Titans capitulated once again.

    Pakistan’s left-arm seamer added the finishing touches to the Victorians’ demolition of the Titans with a hat-trick in the 19th over accounting for David Wiese, Taijul Islam and Mohammad Saddam, and led to the 80-run victory.

    The win takes the Victorians to 12 points, having won six times after nine matches and second only on run rate to defending champions and table-topping Rangpur Riders – who have the same points and wins, but have played a game extra.

    Rangpur Riders 10 6 4 12 0.686
    Comilla Victorians 9 6 3 12 0.441
    Chittagong Vikings 9 6 3 12 -0.173
    Dhaka Dynamites 9 5 4 10 1.127
    Rajshahi Kings 10 5 5 10 -0.627
    Sylhet Sixers 10 4 6 8 0.027
    Khulna Titans 11 2 9 4 -1.165

    The loss also keeps Wiese’s Titans rooted to the bottom of the table as their season appears over after having suffered nine losses in 11 matches.


    Photo: Bangladesh Cricket Board