Sa­muels scores half-cen­tury in vain

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

CHIT­TAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC): A MAR­LON Sa­muels half-cen­tury was not enough to save Comilla Vic­to­ri­ans from their fifth straight de­feat as they plunged to a nine-wicket loss to Rang­pur Rid­ers in the Bangladesh Pre­mier League here yes­ter­day.

The stylish West Indies right-han­der ham­mered an at­trac­tive 52 from 46 balls but Vic­to­ri­ans could only muster 122 for five off their 20 overs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Sta­dium.

He struck three fours and two sixes and put on 64 for the third wicket with Pak­istani Ahmed She­hzad also scored 52 from 45 balls with four fours and a six.

Rubel Hossain was the best bowler with two for 27.

In re­ply, Rid­ers cruised to their tar­get with three overs to spare, on the backs of opener Mo­ham­mad Shahzad’s un­beaten 51 and Mo­ham­mad Mithun’s 45 not out, in an un­bro­ken 97-run, sec­ond wicket stand.

In-form Sa­muels has now scored 153 runs from four in­nings in the tour­na­ment.

In the first game at the venue, for­mer Bar­ba­dos and West Indies bats­man Dwayne Smith stroked 34 to help set the tone for Chit­tagong Vik­ings’ 19-run vic­tory over the Dar­ren Sammy-led Ra­jshahi Kings.

MUL­TI­PLE BOUND­ARIES

Sent in, Vik­ings were pro­pelled to a chal­leng­ing 190 for five off 20 overs by Mo­ham­mad Nabi’s 87 not out from 37 de­liv­er­ies, which in­cluded six fours and six sixes.

Ana­mul Haque struck 50 from 40 de­liv­er­ies while Smith hit six fours and a six in a breezy 19-ball cameo at the top of the or­der.

Sammy, who went wicket-less from his three overs, then also failed with the bat as Kings came up short at 171 for nine off their 20 overs.

Sab­bir Rah­man top-scored with 46 from 30 de­liv­er­ies while Sammy, bat­ting at num­ber six, belted two sixes in a sev­en­ball 14 be­fore fall­ing in the 17th over.

The vic­tory was just the sec­ond for Vik­ings and they lie third from bot­tom on four points while Kings have won just one in five and are one from bot­tom.

SA­MUELS

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