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Mahmudullah XI win President’s Cup title

 Sports Desk

 Published: 08:15 PM, 25 October 2020   Updated: 08:41 PM, 25 October 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Mahmudullah XI have beat Nazmul XI by 7 wickets in the final of the BCB President’s Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday, securing  the championship in the tournament.  

Liton Das's highest individual 68 off 69 helped the  Mahmudullah XI to overhaul the target of 174. 

In the run chasing Liton Das and Mominul Haque started the beginning for Mahmudullah XI while Mahmudul Hasan Joy could not do the business well as Mominul went to the pavilion after making just 4. 

However, Liton and Imrul Kayes's pair made a big total to control the match as Liton found his first fifty in the tournament with  Kayes's unbeaten 53. 

After departure of Liton Das the captain Mahmudullah came at crease while he was unbeaten at 21 to win the final. 

Earlier, Mahmudullah XI shot Nazmul XI out for 173 in 47.1 overs.

Sumon Khan’s 5-38 was complemented by his new-ball bowling partner Rubel Hossain’s 2-27 as the duo strangled Nazmul XI in a pitch that was at least conducive to batting.

Ebadot Hossain, captain Mahmudullah Riyad, and Mehidy Miraz scalped one wicket apiece to add further agony for the Nazmul XI who was sent to bat first.

Nazmul XI’s opener Saif Hasan started with a boundary but Rubel Hossain took the sweet revenge by dismissing him in the penultimate delivery of the first over. His opening partner Soumya Sakar edged one to wicket-keeper of Sumon Khan bowling to be out on 5.

Skipper Nazmul Hossain held the one end but the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and (12) Afif Hossain (0), the two mainstays of middle-order failed to make it big this time around.

After the dismissal of the duo, Shanto also played a rash shot to be out for 32, leaving Nazmul XI to 64-5.

Irfan Shukkur found support in Towhid Ridoy when Nazmul XI was in danger to be all out below 100.

They shared a 70-run partnership for the sixth wicket stand to help the side propel past 150 runs mark. After scoring 26 off 53 with two fours, Ridoy was deceived by Mahmudullah Riyad’s off-spin.