Athletic

Challengers pose a strong challenge for Dhaka

Riding on some good batting displays from Will Jacks, Sabbir Rahman and Benny Howell, Chattogram Challengers posed a strong challenge to Minister Group Dhaka posting 161 for eight on Saturday in Dhaka.

Mahmudullah Riyad-led Dhaka won the toss and sent the Challengers to bat first.

Despite losing the opener Kennar Lewis early, Will Jacks’24-ball 41 helped the Challengers to set a good foundation. He smashed six fours and two sixes.

Afif Hossain failed to impress once again as he posted 12 off 12 this time. But Sabbir Rahman, who had been out of the limelight for a long time, posted 29 off 17 balls with two big sixes and two fours.

Captain Mehidy posted 25, and Howell scored 37 off 19 balls with three sixes and one four.

For Dhaka, right-arm veteran pacer Rubel Hossain was the best bowler taking three wickets conceding 26 runs in four overs while Arafat Sunny, Isuru Udana, Shuavagata Hom and Mahmudullah took one wicket each.

In their maiden appearance, Dhaka failed to defend 183 to Khulna Tigers, while the Challengers lost their first match to Fortune Barishal.

Source: United News of Bangladesh