Pakistan’s hard-hitting batter Khushdil Shah made a solid comeback in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Shah, who is representing Comilla Victorians, had a poor start with the bat after he managed to score just a run in the first match.
But, he smoked 43 not-out against Fortune Barishal to register a solid comeback on Saturday. His innings included a boundary and four sixes.
Shah’s 43 wasn’t enough for the Victorians to chase down 178 runs in 20 overs. Victorians were restricted to 165-7 in the given overs.
The left-handed batter was accompanied by fellow Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Rizwan in Victorians’ squad. Rizwan joined the team today after participating in three-match ODI series against New Zealand in Pakistan.
Today, Rizwan arrived in Dhaka at 10:20am, local time, and then boarded a helicopter, which landed at the Women’s Sports Complex ground beside the Zahur Ahmed Chowhdury Stadium in Chattogram at 12:45pm.
The Pakistan star landed around an hour before the match and was named in the playing XI.
After deciding to field first, the Victorians were set a target of 178 runs after Barishal’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan scored an unbeaten 45-ball 81.
While chasing the target, Rizwan was dismissed after scoring 18 runs in 11 balls with the help of two sixes.
The wicket-keeper batter remained top-scorer in the ODI series against New Zealand. He scored 182 runs in three matches at an average of 91. The right-handed batsman also scored two fifties in the series.
On the other hand, Shaheen Shah Afridi was also supposed to join Victorians but he withdrew from the event. He will continue his rehabilitation in the country ahead of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8. Shaheen will lead defending champions Lahore Qalandars in this year’s PSL.
The 22-year-old cricketer got injured in the final of T20 World Cup 2022. He was taken off the field after sustaining a knee injury while taking a catch off Shadab Khan.
Since then, Shaheen has not taken part in competitive cricket and has remained under strict observation of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s medical team.