Mushfiqur Rahim shrugged off his bad patch with a scintillating century but it was not enough to save his side Nazmul XI from a 42-run defeat to Tamim XI in the rain-interrupted third game of BCB President’s Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday, reports BSS.
Tamim XI basically rode on Mahedi Hasan’s delightful 82 runs knock which was well complemented by pacer Shoriful Islam’s 4-37.
Mahedi’s 82 off just 57 helped Tamim XI post 221-9, the first 200 plus score of the tournament after which Shoriful ripped through Nazmul XI’s batting line up in a gem of pace bowling. Nazmul XI couldn’t recover the collapse, triggered by Shoriful as they were finally bowled out for 179 in 45.4 overs despite Mushfiqur Rahim’s valiant 103 off 11, featuring nine fours and one six.
Al-Amin Hossain was the most successful bowler for Nazmul XI with 3-43 while Nayeem Hasan and Rishad Hossain took two wickets apiece.
However before Shoriful gave the impetus, Mustafizur Rahman and Saifuddin sliced Nazmul Xi’s top order to leave them at precarious 30-3.
Mushfiqur Rahim then started his battle but saw the wickets tumbling around him at regular interval, forced by Shoriful until Irfan Shukkur came up with some support.
Mushfiqur and Shukkur shared a 59-run partnership which ended with the run-out dismissal of the latter. Shukkur made 24.
Mushfiqur then brought up his century off 103 balls with a cover-drive boundary and gave the side a ray of hope to win the game. But Mustafizur Rahman ended all kind of hopes of Nazmul XI, dismissing Mushfiqur for 103.