Fortune Barishal Beat Durdanto Dhaka By 40 Runs

Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah struck blistering fifties to help Fortune Barishal register a comprehensive 40-run win over Durdanto Dhaka in their eighth Bangladesh Premier League in Mirpur on Saturday.

Soumya smashed an unbeaten 75 off 48 balls with four fours and six sixes while Mahmudullah made 73 off 47 balls with seven fours and four sixes to help Barishal post 189-4 in their 20 overs after they elected to bat first.

Dhaka, in reply, were reduced to 41-3 in the seventh over before Alex Ross (52) and SM Meherob Hasan (28) shared a 39-run stand for the fourth wicket. However, Barishal bowlers hit back after the partnership was broken as they took regular wickets to bowl Dhaka all out for 149 runs in 19.4 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin finished with 3-21.

With this defeat, Dhaka became the first team to get eliminated from the ongoing edition of BPL. Dhaka, who won their opening game against Comilla, suffered eight consecutive defeats since then and it’s a new BPL record as well.

Meanwhile, it was Barishal’s fourth win in eight matches and they remain very much in the race for playoff qualification.

Earlier, the pair of Soumya and Mahmudullah came in the middle after Barishal were left struggling at 19-3 but they shared a massive 139-run stand in just 85 balls to lay a solid foundation for a big finish.

Barishal’s Shoaib Malik then played a late cameo of unbeaten 19 off 10 balls to guide his side post a colossal total. Dhaka pacer duo Shoriful Islam and Taskin Ahmed took two wickets each.


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