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Dasun Shanaka's stunning cameo led Cumilla Warriors to victory

Dasun Shanaka's stunning cameo led Cumilla Warriors to victory

Cumilla Warriors vs Rangpur Rangers

Skipper Dasun Shanaka came up with an extraordinary cameo on the opening day which proved to be the difference between his side and Rangpur Riders. Both sets of batsmen struggled on the track with only Shanaka standing tall with an entertaining cameo. Batting first, Cumilla Warriors lost Yasir Ali off the very first ball and continued to struggle as they were tottering at 89/6 in the 14th over before Shanaka opened up.

The Sri Lankan allrounder launched an assault where he hit nine sixes and three fours to change the complexion of the game. A stunned Rangpur Riders outfit had to suddenly chase down 174 for a win following Shanaka's knock. He remained unbeaten on 75 off just 31 balls. Mohammad Shahzad kickstarted the chase with two sixes but his national teammate Mujeeb Ur Rahman removed him early before he could cause further damage.

Wickets tumbled for Rangpur as they lost half their side with just 50 runs on the board. In the next six overs, they lost the remaining five wickets as well in embarrassing fashion to get bowled out for a paltry 68. Al-Amin Hossain picked up three wickets while Soumya Sarkar and Sunzamul Islam ended up with two each.

Brief scores: Cumilla Warriors 173/7 in 20 overs (Dasun Shanaka 75*, Soumya Sarkar 26; Lewis Gregory 2-25, Sanjit Saha 2-26) beat Rangpur Rangers 68 in 14 overs (Al-Amin Hossain 3-14, Sunzamul Islam 2-4) by 105 runs

Chattogram Challengers vs Sylhet Thunder

In the opening game of the tournament, Mohammad Mithun's superlative knock went in vain as Chattogram Challengers beat Sylhet Thunder convincingly by five wickets. Mithun stood tall for Sylhet after coming out to bat just in the second over of the innings following Rony Talukdar's dismissal. Johnson Charles initially went on a boundary hitting spree but following his dismissal, the onus was Mithun with Jeevan Mendis and Mosaddek Hossain struggling to make an impact.

Mithun hit sixes and remained unbeaten on 84 off just 48 balls as Thunder posted 162 on the board in their quota of 20 overs. A target of 163 didn't seem very challenging at the start but the chase didn't pan out the way Chattogram wanted. Avishka Fernando sizzled at the start but regular wickets saw his side reeling at 64/4 in the ninth over.

Imrul Kayes then joined forces with Chadwick Walton to revive the chase and the duo batted in excellent fashion to turn the tables at one stage. Kayes hit five sixes in his half-century and the 86-run stand put Chattogram on top. Even though Kayes fell for 61, Walton remained unbeaten on 49 and saw his side through with an over to spare.

Brief scores: Sylhet Thunder 162/4 in 20 overs (Mohammad Mithun 84*, Johnson Charles 35; Rubel Hossain 2-27) lost to Chattogram Challengers 163/5 in 19 overs (Imrul Kayes 61, Chadwick Walton 49*; Nazmul Islam 2-23) by five wickets

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