Offspinner joins Shahid Afridi in bowling the most economical four-over spell in the BPL
Comilla Victorians 158 for 7 (Joy 48, Bravo 3-30, Shakib 2-25) beat Fortune Barishal 95 (Shanto 36, Nahidul 3-5, Tanvir 2-19) by 63 runs
Nahidul Islam claimed extraordinary figures of 4-1-5-3 as Comilla Victorians thumped Fortune Barishal by 63 runs in Dhaka. The offspinner emulated Shahid Afridi in bowling the most economical four-over spell in the BPL. Afridi had picked up 2 for 5 at the same venue in 2015.
Nahidul’s second successive Player-of-the-match performance gave Comilla their second win in a row. They top the table with four points from two matches while Barishal have only two points from three games.
Barishal’s batting line-up faded away in the face of such tight bowling. While most of the batters couldn’t get going with aggressive shots, opener Najmul Hossain Shanto crawled to 36 off 47 balls. At times it looked like Shanto’s inability to find boundaries put pressure on the rest of the Barishal batters.
Nahidul had Shykat Ali (0) caught at deep midwicket in the first over, followed by Shakib Al Hasan at mid-on in his next over. When he removed Chris Gayle with a beautiful offbreak that turned away from the left-hander, Nahidul’s impact became even more evident.
Janat had a good day, following up his quickfire 29 with figures of 2 for 26. Tanvir was also economical, taking 2 for 19 in his four overs.
Comilla lost their way after Joy’s departure, but Jant propped them up with late blows. The highlight of his innings was a no-look six off Dwayne Bravo that landed in the Mirpur grandstand.
Barishal have struggled with the bat largely because of Shakib’s patchy form – he has managed only 37 runs in three innings so far. Coming in at No. 3 in this game, Shakib holed out to mid-off as Nahidul foxed him with a bit of flight.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84