Lewis, Sa­muels hit half-cen­turies in BPL

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): WEST INDIES play­ers Evin Lewis and Mar­lon Sa­muels both stroked half-cen­turies to power their re­spec­tive fran­chises to vic­to­ries in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) yes­ter­day.

In the first game of a dou­ble­header at the Shere Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium, the left-handed Lewis carved out a typ­i­cally stroke-filled 75 as Dhaka Dy­na­mites de­feated Rang­pur Riders by 42 runs.

In the night­cap en­counter, Sa­muels hit a con­trolled un­beaten 55 to lead a suc­cess­ful Comilla Vic­to­ri­ans run chase as they beat Dar­ren Sammy’s Ra­jshahi Kings by eight wick­ets.

TOP OF STAND­INGS

How­ever, while the vic­tory put Dy­na­mites top of the stand­ings with 14 points, Vic­to­ri­ans moved off the bot­tom of the ta­bles with only their third win of the cam­paign. They have six points.

Lewis took cen­tre stage, ham­mer­ing three fours and eight sixes off just 34 balls as Dy­na­mites, opt­ing to bat first, ral­lied to 188 for seven off their 20 overs.

The 24-year-old, who reached his half-cen­tury off 21 balls with a straight six off leg-spin­ner Shahid Afridi in the sev­enth over which cost 21 runs, put on 103 for the first wicket with Me­hedi Maruf, who made 44 from 31 de­liv­er­ies.

Lewis was even­tu­ally third out at 122 in the 12th over, caught in the deep off seamer Soumya Sarkar.

All-rounder An­dre Rus­sell, in his se­cond game of the tour­na­ment, Evin Lewis made just eight while Dwayne Bravo got 16.

In re­ply, Riders were lim­ited to 146 for eight off their al­lot­ted overs, de­spite Zi­aur Rah­man’s 60 off 43 balls.

Sa­muels then fol­lowed Lewis’ cue, stroking two fours and four sixes in a 41-ball in­nings as Vic­to­ri­ans, set a pal­try 125 for vic­tory, coasted to vic­tory with eight balls re­main­ing.

Im­rul Kayes fell cheaply for nine but Sa­muels put on 90 for the se­cond wicket with Pak­istan’s Ahmed She­hzad (46) to pull the in­nings around.

Ear­lier, Sammy suf­fered the in­dig­nity of a one-ball ‘duck’ as Kings, choos­ing to bat, could only muster 124 for seven.

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