Marlon Samuels also hit a classy half-century    AFP (File Photo)
Marlon Samuels also hit a classy half-century AFP (File Photo)

West Indies veteran batsman Marlon Samuels played a commendable knock of an unbeaten 55, as he guided Comilla Victorians to an easy and impressive 8-wicket win over Rajshahi Kings, in Match 35 of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016, at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Wednesday. Apart from Samuels, Ahmed Shehzad too played a strong innings of 46, while in their bowling department, it was Mohammad Saifuddin, who claimed 3 crucial wickets, as Rajshahi was pushed on the backfoot to put up a modest total of 124, which was easy for Comilla to be chased down. Full Cricket Updates, Comilla Victorians vs Rajshahi Kings, Match 35, BPL 2016 at Dhaka

Earlier, Rajshahi Kings skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first, as they were off to a steady start, with the openers putting up 38 runs, before Mominul Haque fell for 20, and just eight runs later, he was followed by fellow opener Nurul Hasan for mere 17. As the score struck 50, it was the third wicket in the form of Sabbir Rahman, who fell for mere 8, while just 2 runs later, it was Samit Patel, who departed for mere 4. At the score of 59, a couple of more wickets ion the form of Mehedi Hasan (7), and Sammy (0) fell, while the final wicket to fall in their innings was that of Farhad Reza for mere 13, at the score of 78, as it was James Franklin, who then played a steady knock of 44 off 31, thus guiding Rajshahi to 124 for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 20 overs, while Comilla’s Saifuddin claimed 3 for 12.

Comilla began their chase on a shaky note as well, as they lost opener Imrul Kayes for mere 9, with just 17 runs on the board. However, it was followed a match-winning 90-run stand for the second wicket between opener Ahmed Shehzad and veteran Samuels, before Shehzad fell for a healthy 46. It was then the final pair of Samuels, and Khalid Latif, who batted out until the end to see off the game, as Comilla registered a comfortable 8-wicket win over Rajshahi, while Samuels also hit a classy half-century.

Brief scores:

Rajshahi Kings 124 for 7 in 20 overs (James Franklin 44*; Mohammad Saifuddin 3 for 12) lost to Comilla Victorians 125 for 2 in 18.4 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 46, Marlon Samuels 55*; Farhad Reza 1 for 14) by 8 wickets.

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