Andre Russell's two wickets, unbeaten 31 propel MGD to first victory in BPL this season

By January 24, 2022

A strong all-around performance from Andre Russell helped Minister Group Dhaka to their first win in the Bangladesh Premier League on Monday when they defeated Fortune Barishul by four wickets at Mirpur.

Batting first, Fortune Barishul made 129-8 thanks mainly to 36 from Chris Gayle and 33 from Dwayne Bravo. Shakib al Hasan contributed 23. Russell was the best of the bowlers picking up 2-27 from his four overs while Isuru Udana took 2-29.

Needing 130 for victory, MGD seemed destined for their third straight defeat after losing four wickets for 10 runs inside three overs as Alzarri Joseph 2-30 and Shafiqul Islam tore through the top order.

Captain Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom brought the chase back on track with a fifth-wicket stand of 69 that was broken by Bravo who dismissed Hom for 29.

Mahmudullah and Russell then posted 50 in 31 balls with Russell racing to his unbeaten 31 from just 15 balls with three fours and two sixes. Shakib broke the partnership when he dismissed Mahmudullah for 47 with the scores level.

Udana took a single from the first ball he faced to seal the victory.

The win means MGD are fifth in the standings with their first two points.

Chattogram Challengers leads the standings with four points having won two of their first three games.

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