Gemcon Khulna has restricted Fortune Barishal 152 runs for 9 in the second match of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. Khulna were dominant right from the word go.
The match had grabbed all the spotlight as ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan made his return to competitive cricket after serving a year-long ban. The southpaw did not disappoint, he picked up the wicket of Afif Hossain Dhrubo from his 3 overs giving away only 18 runs.
Barishal lost their first wicket in the very first delivery of the match. Shafiul Islam bagged all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz to start the proceedings. Barishal skipper Tamim Iqbal struggled as well. he went back to the pavilion scoring only 15 off 15 balls.
It was all fast bowlers' show for Gemcon Khulna. Shafiul Islam and Hasan Mahmud picked a brace each. But the star-man was Shahidul Islam. He picked up 4 wickets from his quota of 4 overs giving away only 18 runs.
Shahidul bowled the 19th over of the innings which was also his last over where he picked up 3 wickets for just 1 run. He was on a hat-trick as well.
Among the batters, Parvez Hossain Emon was the exception. The southpaw has been in terrific form from the intra-HP matches. He scored a brilliant 51 off 42 deliveries with 3-fours and 4-sixes. Apart from Emon, Towhid Hridoy and Mahidul Islam Ankong reached 20-run mark, but could not make the use of their start. Ankon's cameo was important to take his team's total go past 150 in the end.
Gemcon Khulna will need 153 runs to win when they come on to bat.
In the first match of the day, Minister Group Rajshahi beat Beximco Dhaka by 2 runs.