By inflicting huge defeats in their first two matches of Bangabandhu T20 Cup, to Beximco Dhaka and Gemcon Khulna respectively, Gazi Group Chattogram are showing their ascendency in the tournament.
Chattogram’s skipper Mohammad Mithun, who got the opportunity to lead a team in a big tournament for the first time, has shown the temperament needed for captaincy. Liton Das, who scored 46-ball 53 during his team’s 9-wicket win against Gemcon Khulna on Saturday, praised his skipper.
On Saturday, Chattogram bundled out Khulna for just 86 runs. Then with Liton's aesthetic bat, they won by 9 wickets. After two matches, Chattogram are now sitting at the top of the table.
After winning the toss, Mithun-led Chattogram went to the field and made life difficult for Khulna batsmen from the beginning. Mithun made great use of the weapons in his armoury. Irregular off-spinner Nahidul Islam brought the initial success. Later Mustafizur Rahman’s four-fer did the rest.
Liton, said his captain should be applauded for keeping the opposition at bay. “I liked it very much that everyone bowled with responsibility and the captain's change of bowling were very good. Our fielding was also good. All in all, it has been a good team game”
In both of their opening encounters, Liton and Soumya Sarkar made a big start, while chasing low totals. Both are two of the explosive batsmen in Bangladesh cricket. In their first match, in which they defeated Beximco Dhaka, Soumya was the one with more ruthlessness, Liton played supporting role in that match. On Saturday’s match, Liton was on the driving seat. In two consecutive matches, the pair scored 79 and 73 runs respectively for the opening stand.
“Both of us are playing together for a long time.” said Liton. So we understand these situations, what to do in a low scoring match, what scenarios can come.
The advantage was that you can play comfortably in T20 matches if there are no pressure of scoring runs quickly.
We have got such a situation in both the matches. Thanks to the bowlers for giving us the opportunity to play like ourselves.”