The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2023) has witnessed some epic games lately. The Pakistani players, in particular, have showcased their skills brilliantly in recent games. From Iftikhar Ahmed to Azam Khan & Khushdil Shah to Wahab Riaz, the Pakistani players are surely leaving their marks in the BPL 2023.
Talking about the recent BPL 2023 matches this week, two games were played on Friday, January 19, 2023. In the first game, the Chattogram Challengers took on the Khulna Tigers. While the Dhaka Dominators were up against Fortune Barisal in the evening game which was the 20th game of the BPL 2023 season.
Game 1: Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers
The Khulna Tigers have beaten the Chattogram Challengers in the final over of Matchday 19 of BPL 2023. While batting first, the Chattogram Challengers posted 157 for 9 in their 20 overs. Usman Khan, another Pakistani batsman, top-scored for them. He scored 45 runs off just 31 balls while opening the innings.
Decent contributions from batter Afif Hossain & Darwish Rasooli. And a quickfire inning from Farhad Reza took Chattogram Challengers to a fighting total. Pakistan’s veteran pace bowler Wahab Riaz was the top wicket-taker for the Khulna Titans. His match figures include 4 overs for 36 runs and 4 wickets.
In return, the Khulna Tigers chased down the total in 19.2 overs. The Tigers ended up scoring 159/3. Young Bangladeshi batter Mahmudul Hasan Joy top scored for them with 59 runs off just 44 balls. He was complemented well by Bangladesh’s veteran opening batsman Tamim Iqbal. He scored 44 off 37 balls.
The finishing touch was applied by another young batter Yasir Ali who scored a blistering 36 runs off just 17 balls. His innings included 4 sixes and 2 fours. Except for Taijul Islam, all the bowlers from Chattogram Challengers proved to be expensive and could not stop the flow of runs.
Game 2: Fortune Barisal vs Dhaka Dominators
On Friday, Iftikhar Ahmed continued his fine form in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), scoring a blistering fifty against Dhaka Dominators. He had already scored a 45-ball century in the previous game against the Rangpur Riders.
The 32-year-old hit an undefeated 56 from 34 deliveries and needed only 31 balls to reach his fifty. Fortune Barishal added 173-5 to her total for a respectable score. Ahmed had earlier helped Barishal defeat Rangpur Riders by 67 runs on Thursday with an unbroken century off 45 balls.
With 256 runs in six innings, Iftikhar has moved into second place in the BPL this season, trailing only colleague Shakib Al Hasan, who has 275 runs in five innings.
The hitter for Pakistan is striking out at a rate of 181.56, averaging 128.
Pakistan players sparkle at BPL 2023
Less than 24 hours after playing an ODI in Karachi, Mohammad Rizwan made a mark at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
In Khulna Tigers’ most recent two games, Wahab Riaz claimed two four-wicket hauls, while Pakistani players have scored all three tournaments hundreds. In the match versus Challengers, Tigers’ Azam Khan entered at No. 4 and scored a 58-ball 109. Usman Khan answered with a century in the chase, leading his team to a nine-wicket victory.
Iftikhar Ahmed surpassed the century mark in Chattogram’s match with the Rangpur Riders. The biggest T20 partnership ever from the fifth wicket came from him, scoring 192 runs.
BPL 2023 Points Table
In the BPL 2023 Match No. 20 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, Fortune Barishal defeated Dhaka Dominators by 13 runs on Friday, January 20. With the win, Barishal moved closer to unseating the Sylhet Strikers, who are coached by Mashrafe Mortaza, at the top of the standings.
With five victories each, the Strikers and Barishal are on 10 points each. However, the Strikers’ net run rate (+1.332) is higher than Barishal’s (0.982). On the other side, the Dhaka Dominators continued to linger towards the bottom of the points table.
The Chattogram Challengers are placed in the 6th position on the points table after losing to Khulna Tigers. They currently have 4 points in six games. While the Tigers move to the fourth position at the points table with 4 points in 5 games.
BPL 2023 Match No. 21
The 21st match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2023 will take place on Monday, January 23. At the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka between Chattogram Challengers and Rangpur Riders. In the competition thus far, no side has won more than two games. And they are placed next to one another in the points table.
The Challengers require a win to stay in the competition. They are currently on a two-game losing run. The Riders’ trip has been comparable to the Challengers’, and they too have lost their last two games.