Sabbir Rahman scored 122 runs    Getty Images
Sabbir Rahman scored 122 runs Getty Images

A high scoring game saw the Barisal Bulls end as winner as they faced Rajshahi Kings in Match No. 10 of this edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The match was played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Winning the toss, Rajshahi Kings elected to bowl first and tasted early success but the Barisal Bulls put up a great fight, putting up a challenging 193-run target for the Kings to chase. The Kings also replied with a power-packed performance with the bat as their star batsman Sabbir Rahman shone with the bat scoring the first hundred of this edition of the tournament. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Barisal Bulls vs Rajshahi Kings, BPL 2016 Match 10 at Mirpur

Chasing the huge target put up by the Bulls, the Kings could not get the start they wanted as they lost their opener Raqibul Hasan off the very second ball of the innings for a duck. Monir Hossain provided the Bulls with their first breakthrough as Raqibul was caught at cover. Sabbir Rahman looked pretty confident from the very start of the innings though his team lost a crucial wicket at towards the start. He took very little time to set at the crease and started hitting soon. The next to depart was experienced Mominul Haque. The batsman has failed to score runs recently in international cricket as well and his poor form continued as he departed for 12 after a couple of boundaries. He opted for a wrong shot as he pulled the ball only for Thisara Perera to catch it at cover.

Umar Akmal got dismissed the next ball for a golden duck but the decision remained to be a controversial one. While there was hardly any appeal from the bowler Al-Amin Hossain, it was Mushfiqur whose appeal got the umpire give in. Review showed that the ball missed the stumps by a good margin and Umar Akmal remained unlucky. Despite the landslide of wickets going on at the other end, Sabbir kept going on with his destructive batting, keeping the hopes for the Kings alive.

Sabbir hardly found any support from the other end but kept going alone and got to his century. It was the first century of this edition of the series. He departed for 122, which is the highest ever score by any individual in the league ever, the record was earlier held by Chris Gayle with 116 runs in 2012. Skipper Darren Sammy also played a good cameo innings of 27 off 19 but got out, leaving the team to get 9 runs required off the last over. The target was still gettable but it got difficult in front of an experienced Thisara Perera who kept it tight and helped his side win the match by 4 runs.

The bowling was decent with Al-Amin Hossain being the highest wicket-taker of the innings with 3 wickets. Rayad Emrit bowled a good spell taking a wicket but bowling more economically than other.

Earlier, Dilshan Munaweera and Dawid Malan had opened the innings for the Bulls while Farhad Reza was handed the ball to open bowling for the Kings. Reza did exactly what his captain Darren Sammy wanted as he removed Munaweera in the first over. Munaweera looked to play aggressive from the very start as he charged down the crease to send it out of the park but was beaten for the pace of the slower delivery and edged it to wicketkeeper Umar Akmal.

While the Bulls needed a partnership from there, Dawid Malan departed soon after. Totally missed the line and a swing took the edge from Malan and Umar Akmal again pulled off a successful catch. Next in was skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who did the most of the work of along with Shahriar Nafees. The partnership looked to be unbreakable as they went on batting and scoring individual half-centuries. The partnership aded 112 runs before Nafees got dismissed for 63. It was a very composed innings from Nafees at the right time that helped his team get to a comfortable position even when he was sent back.

Mushfiqur stayed at the crease and got a change in role as hard-hitter Thisara Perera joined him at the crease. He took an over to settle down at the crease but then went big and so did Mushfiqur. Perera s 24-run cameo was a crucial addition to the scorecard along with Mushfiqur s unbeaten 81 as the Bulls put up the highest total of this season of BPL.

The bowling remained pretty disappointing from the Kings. They had names like Mehedi Hasan and Kesrick Williams who have grabbed attention with their performance in international level but failed to bag a single wicket in the innings. They failed to take forward the start Farhad Reza had provided. Sammy s contribution helped them break the biggest partnership but it came late.

Brief Scores:

Barisal Bulls 192 for 4 in 20 overs (Shahriar Nafees 63, Mushfiqur Rahim 81*; Farhad Reza 2 for 22) win vs Rajshahi Kings 188 for 6 (Sabbir Rahman 122, Darren Sammy 27; Al-Amin Hossain 3 for 35) by 4 runs.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)