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Sandeep shines in Bangladesh Premier League debut

Jan 06, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane marked a sensational debut in the Bangaldesh Premier League picking up two tickets in a disciplined bowling display in Dhaka on Sunday.

Sandeep, who is playing for Sylhet Sixers, didn't concede a single boundary in the game and was the most economical bowler for Sixers giving away just 16 runs in four overs. He bowled 12 dot deliveries. 

Despite Sandeep's heroic display, Sixers went on to lose the match by four wickets against Comilla Victorians after a swift knock from veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Sandeep came into the match following a successful four-match stint with Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League picking up eight wickets. And the fine performance continued at the other part of the world picking up the wickets of Pakistani veteran Shoaib Malik and Bangladeshi batsman Anamul Haque.

A mediocre batting display saw Sixers restricted to a below par 127-8 in 20 overs. West Indian Nicholas Pooran topscored for Sixers with a 26-ball 41, while Afif Hussain and Alok Kapali contributed 19 runs each.

With a just over six runs an over to get, Victorians began the chase sensibly and skipper Steven Smith (16) and Shoaib combined for the third wicket to add 30 runs. Sixers' Australian captain David Warner handed Sandeep the ball in the eighth over and the Nepali leggie bowled tightly conceding five runs.

Al Amin Hossain got rid of Smith in the next over, while Sandeep gave away just three runs in his second. Sandeep returned in the 13th over beginning with some erratic bowling to conceded nine runs in the first five balls. He, however, made up for the mistakes in the final ball after Shoaib (13) tried to pull him over square leg only to hole out a catch to Shabbir Rahman.

With 47 to defend in the last six overs, Sandeep kept Sixers in the game when he removed Haque in the second ball and conceded just two runs in his final over. Afridi's struggle against Sandeep in the first four deliveries where he didn't manage to score a single run was the delight to watch.

But Afridi still had the mojo in him and hit a 25-ball 39 not out with five fours and two sixes leading Victorians to 130-6 in 19.5 overs. Afridi ended up taking the man of the match award. Opener Tamim Iqbal also made 35 runs for Victorians.


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