Mahmudullah XI almost bowed out of the tournament when Tamim XI were batting needing to chase down 164 from curtailed 41- overs in the last group stage match against Najmul XI. A win for Tamim XI in that match would mean Mahmudullah XI being eliminated from the tournament. But Tamim XI did bottle and paved the way for Mahmudullah XI to enter into the final and eventually winning it against their bitter opponent to whom they lost twice in the group stage.
Mahmudullah XI, from almost bowing out from the tournament to winning it comprehensively in the end. Who would have imagined that? But such is the game of cricket, the great leveler. It makes you a hero from zero within no time.
Mahmudullah XI became the champions of the BCB President's Cup by beating Najmul XI by 7 wickets in the final. They chased down the target of 174 runs in 29.4 overs, thanks to Litton Kumer Das and Imrul Kayes who made the target easier for them.
Litton saved his best for the final
Litton had a terrible tournament, until today's final. He bagged a total of 43 runs from his 4 innings in the group stage. He chose the final as his stage to show his class. He scored a blistering 68 off 69 deliveries with 10 classic boundaries all over the ground.
174 could be a little tricky target on this surface, but Litton, accompanied by Imrul Kayes made it look easy. These two made a partnership of 63 runs after Litton and Mahmudul Hasan Joy had a 48-run partnership to make the chase smooth. Imrul Kayes remained unbeaten on 53 off 55 balls where he hit only one boundary and 6-sixes.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad came in to bat after Litton went back to the pavilion and scored a quick-fire 23 off 11 balls with three boundaries and one maximum.
Bowlers looked helpless in front of the batting the trio showed, and finally, it looked like a good pitch to bat on. Alas, this was the end of the tournament!
Mahmudullah XI's revenge tastes sweeter
It was Najmul XI who beat Mahmudullah Xi in the group stage, twice. They dominated Mahmudullah XI in the first match and literally hammered them in the second time the teams battled against each other. Najmul XI had the chance to make it three in three, but Mahmudullah XI had other plans. They took their revenge in the best way possible where it matters the most.
Sumon Khan was named the player of the match for his brilliant fifer.
Top performers of the tournament
Mushfiqur Rahim scored the most runs in the tournament. He scored 219 runs from his 5 innings for Najmul XI. He was also adjudged the man of the tournament. Irfan Sukkur was named the batsman of the tournament for his 214 runs for Najmul XI.
Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain are the joint top wicket-takers with each taking 12 wickets. Saifuddin though, played a match less as Tamim XI bowed out from the tournament. Rubel Hossain was the bowler of the tournament.
Mosaddek Hossain Saikat took the most number of catches. Nurul Hasan Sohan had the most dismissals in the tournament and he was named the fielder of the tournament.
Taskin Ahmed, who had been fighting with injury for the last few years, has been named the comeback player of the tournament. He bagged 7 wickets from his 5 matches for Najmul XI.
Leg spinner Rishad Ahmed was the promising player of the tournament.
Najmul XI- 173/10 (47.1 Overs) Irfan Sukkur 75, Najmul Hossain Shanto 32, Tauhid Hridoy 26, Sumon Khan 38/5, Rubel Hossain 27/2
Mahmudullah XI- 177/3 (29.4 Overs) Litton Kumer Das 68, Imrul Kayes 53, Mahmudullah Riyad 23, Nasum Ahmed 48/2, Al Amin 32/1.