Evin Lewis’ unbeaten 109 lifts Comilla Victorians to top of the table


Comilla Victorians 237 for 5 (Lewis 109*, Mahmudullah 2-32) beat Khulna Titans 157 (Taylor 50, Wahab 3-14, Afridi 3-27) by 80 runs

How the game played out

On the back of Evin Lewis‘ brilliant century and Shahid Afridi‘s disciplined bowling, Comilla Victorians marched to the top of the table with an 80-run win over bottom-placed Khulna Titans.

Lewis smashed 10 sixes and five fours as he spared no bowler, bringing up his century in just 47 balls. Imrul Kayes made a 21-ball 39, while the No. 7 Shamsur Rahman contributed 28 off 15, but it was Lewis who dominated throughout, taking Victorians to their highest-ever total in the BPL, and second-highest overall.

Brendan Taylor and Carlos Brathwaite almost made the 237-run chase look easy with their big hits, and Titans were on course until the 10th over. After Afridi removed Taylor, Brathwaite took on the chase from there, punishing Victorians’ bowlers whenever they erred in length. But the asking rate kept soaring.

The rest of the Titans batsmen could not do much after Brathwaite fell in the 16th over, and with 95 needed off 24 balls, they crumbled under pressure, losing five wickets for 13 runs. Wahab Riaz chipped away at the tail, taking a hat-trick and bundling the opposition out for 157 in 18.5 overs.

Turning points

  • Brendan Taylor’s wicket. He was red-hot on 50 off 33. The team was keeping up with the asking rate at 116 for 3 in the 13th over. Then on came Afridi, defying a flat pitch by mixing his pace and lengths, to have Taylor caught and bowled. He finished with 3 for 27 off four overs

  • While Titans medium-pacer Mohammad Saddam had kept the scoring quiet in his first two overs with tighter lines and slower balls, he failed to maintain the discipline in his last two overs and was tonked for six sixes by Lewis.

Star of the day

Undoubtedly, Lewis. Having made just 79 runs in his last four BPL games, the T20 specialist not only returned to form but made batting look effortless with his sweetly-timed big hits. He started off cautiously, bringing up his half-century in the 13th over off 31 balls. But, in the very next over, he smashed Saddam for 25 runs and went on a rampage, bringing up his second fifty off only 17 more deliveries.

The big miss

The 21 wides from the Titans’ bowlers – the second-most in BPL history – with Brathwaite and Saddam alone giving away seven extras each.

Where the teams stand

While Khulna are all but out of play-offs contention, Victorians are now No. 1 on the table and are tied with Chittagong Vikings. A positive net-run-rate is a good sign for them, especially with three more games remaining in the group stage.

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