Mrittunjoy Chowdhury registered the first hat-trick of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2022 to lead Chattogram Challengers to their third win.
Defending a mammoth total, Mrittunjoy shined with the ball to give the port city outfit a 16-run victory over Sylhet Sunrisers in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Saturday.
Set a overwhelming target of 203, Sylhet had two half centuries from Anamul Haque Bijoy and Colin Alexander Ingram.
But the effort from the duo was put in vain after the side failed to keep up with the required run rate and eventually choked by the 18th over.
Following dismissal of Lendl Simmons on nine, Anamul with South African Ingram added 112 for the second wicket before the latter was sent back to the dressing room for a 37-ball 50.
Wickets kept falling on the other end of the crease while Anamul held his ground before falling to Mrittunjoy for a 47-ball 78 to trigger the hat-trick.
The young Chattogram bowler accounted for his second wicket, that of Mosaddek Hossain Saikat for a golden duck and then removed English all-rounder Ravi Bopra on 16 off 12 to write history.
Mrittunjoy finished with three wickets conceding 33 runs in his quota of four overs, followed by left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed with two scalps.
Earlier, Challengers were asked to bat first and despite losing West Indian opener Kennar Lewis, the home side posted 202, the only 200 plus total of the season, losing five wickets in 20 overs.
The humongous total was achieved from a joint effort with Englishman Will Jacks leading the board with his maiden half century in BPL.
The right-handed opener hammered 52 runs in 19 deliveries laced with seven boundaries and three over boundaries.
English all-rounder Benny Howell complemented the innings with an unbeaten 21-ball 41 while Afif Hossain Dhrubo and Sabbir Rahman Rumman added 38 and 31 runs respectively.