Sylhet Sixers disappointed their home crowd with a poor batting show against Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Tuesday.
They were bowled out for 68 in 14.5 overs. Right-arm off spinner Mahedi Hasan scalped four wickets conceding 22 runs at the Sylhet International Stadium.
Victorians bowlers sent back five Sixers batsmen in the first five overs with only 15 runs on the board.
Right-arm pacer Mohammad Saifuddin bowled the first over and managed a rare maiden. In the second over, Mahedi scalped three wickets in a flash conceding just five runs.
Andre Fletcher hit a four in the first ball but in the very next delivery he fell prey to Mahedi. Liton Das took a single in the third over but in next two deliveries, Mahedi bagged the wickets of David Warner and Afif Hossain.
Nicholas Pooran defended the last ball of that nightmarish over for Sixers.
Saifuddin came back in the third over and took wicket of Pooran. Sixers splattered to eight runs for four wickets. Victorians captain Imrul Kayes surprisingly replaced Mahedi in the fourth over as he called up left-arm Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz.
In the fifth over, Imrul handed the ball to the left-arm spinner Liam Dawson who trapped Liton Das to cover. Wahab took a superb catch. Sixers lost half of their batsmen in 15 runs. After adding two more runs, they lost Sabbir Rahman who was struggling in the middle. Dawson took Sabbir’s wicket.
In his second over, Mahedi took the wicket of Sohail Tanvir conceding five more runs. Mahedi took four wickets for 10 runs after finishing his two overs. Sixers lost seven wickets posting only 22 on the board.
But in last three wickets, they added 46 runs which helped them to avoid lowest BPL total of all time.
Alok Kapali remained unbeaten scoring 33 off 31 balls with four fours and one six. He was the only Sixers batsman to reach the double-digit.
Wahab bagged three wickets for 15 runs while Liam took two wickets and Saifuddin took another.unb