Simmons hit a 59-ball century against Mashrafe
When Ibadat Hossain is going to drift the 18th over, Lendl Simmons has come the proprietor of the loftiest innings of BPL so far before him. Also, we were staying for the century of the opening batsman of Sylhet Sunrisers. Roni Talukder of Khulna Barracuda scored 71 off 42 balls against Minister Group Dhaka.
The moment he has crossed that mark in the 13th over against Dhaka, he’d scored 73 runs with 2 runs in the 42nd ball of his innings.
At the launch of the 16th over of Ibadat, the opening batsman of West Indies was fur for 93 off 56 balls. The first ball of Ibadat’s over wasn’t laundered. With the redundant ball in the coming ball, Simmons came 96 for four. Staying for the remaining three runs? What the heck! Pulling the coming ball, he crossed the boundary of the short fine leg, his century came 59 balls in that four!
This time BPL came in the tenth match and saw the first century. Simmons didn’t drive a great century! It took a while to get started. Time to say exactly 10 balls and what! His run in the first 10 balls was 6, the last two balls of the fourth over made by Rubel Hossain hit two fours.
In the coming over, Andre Russell played five balls and scored 14 runs including three fours. Mohammad Mithun, who landed at three in the middle, and Colin Ingram, who landed at four, came and went, but Simmons remained the nuisance in Dhaka’s side. In the third ball of the tenth over, Kayes Ahmed was hit outside the boundary and came his first six. Andre Russell stormed again in the coming over, this time Russell hit a six after two fours drawn by five balls!
He also scored a half-century in the alternate four innings. Simmons got the 70th half-century of his T20 career with 34 balls, 6 fours, and 1 six. But if there are any signs to stop! Occasionally Kayes has hit four with the ball.
Meanwhile, in the 14th over, Kayes Ahmed hit a six in the long over, and in the coming over the six was called lucky home. While it took 34 balls to reach the first 50, Simmons reached 25 balls in the alternate 50. Out of these 50, 4 are 4, 6 are 3. When his century is coming, Sylhet runs 143 for 4 in16.3 overs. After the century, Simmons wanted to open his hand more.
He also opened it. Russell made two fours in the first two balls of the 19th over and also sixes in the third ball. But in the fourth ball, Tamim Iqbal was caught by Long On when he went to hit a six again. Before being dismissed, he spread seductiveness in an innings of 116 runs off 14 balls with 14 fours and 5 sixes. There’s really nothing to say in Sylhet’s innings outside of Simmons. Enamul Haque (18), Ravi Bopara (13), and captain Mosaddek Hossain (13) scored some runs.
At the end of 20 overs, Sylhet managed to score 175 runs for 5 lattices. Among the bowlers in Dhaka, Andre Russell has been the biggest victim of Simmons’ storm. With 45 runs in 3 overs, he eventually got that Simmons out, if this is the consolation of Russell!
Mashrafe bin Murtaza picked up Ingram’s gate with 29 runs in 4 overs. Kayes Ahmed and Ibadat Hossain sailed 28 and 29 runs independently for 4 lattices in 4 overs.