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BCB President’s Cup

Nazmul, Mahmudullah both determined to laugh the last

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 07:36 PM, 24 October 2020   Updated: 07:41 PM, 24 October 2020

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A high flying Nazmul XI will try to extend their dominance over Mahmudullah XI when they take on Mahmudullah Riyad-led side in the final of the BCB President’s Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

The final was originally scheduled to be held on Friday but in light of the inclement weather forecast over the next two days, it has been shifted to Sunday.

The most important match of the tournament starts at 1:30 pm and will be streamed live on BCB’s Facebook page and youtube channel. State-run Bangladesh Television will also telecast the match live. Monday is kept as the reserve day of the final match.

Nazmul XI moved to the final as group champions in a three-team tournament. They acquired three wins in the group phase and lost just one. On the other hand, Mahmudullah XI won two games. The other team of the tournament Tamim Iqbal-led Tamim XI showed a frustrating performance as they won just one and was eliminated from the final race straightway.

Mahmudullah Riyad knows that well and vowed to come up with all guns blazing in the most important game of the tournament.

“First of all, we moved to the final, which is a pleasing matter. The BCB’s initiative to organize this tournament came up as good for us. So we are in the final and we are desperate to play well,” Mahmudullah said on Thursday.

Mahmudullah XI’s run rate was so poor that if Tamim XI would have won the last game against Nazmul XI, they would be eliminated straightway.

“The last game was important, If Tamim XI would have won, we couldn’t play the final. However fortunately we are in the final and we should make it count.”

Nazmul XI captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto also is determined to laugh the last.

“We have played well so far in the tournament and one good game tomorrow will help us to seal the trophy. We all are eager to win it,” Shanto said.

But their headache is that of their most dependable and informed batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who hurt his shoulder during the last game against Tamim XI. It is still uncertain whether Mushfiqur will take the field in tomorrow’s final.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit one century and two half-centuries in the last four matches to make him the most consistent batsman in the tournament. Shanto hopes that Mushfiqur will be able to take the field in tomorrow’s game.