A second division 50-over game in Bangladesh saw batsmen hit a staggering 48 sixes and 70 fours as the match witnessed a combined 818 runs being scored. North Bengal Cricket Academy won the high-scoring encounter with ease in the end as they registered a 46-run win.
Batting first, they piled up a mammoth total of 432 for 4 in the allotted 50 overs. In reply, Talent Hunt Cricket Academy came up with a good fight but the 433-run target was just to big to chase. In the end, their spirited chased ended at 386 for 7 at City Club ground in Dhaka on Monday.
As far as the sixes are concerned, the North Bengal players struck 27 sixes while Talent Hunt smashed 21 over the ropes.
“This is very unusual. I have been familiar with Dhaka’s domestic cricket for many years. But I never saw anything like this,” Syed Ali Asaf, a club cricket organiser was quoted as saying by News18.
This is not the first time a domestic cricket match from Bangladesh has caught everyone’s attention due to the unusual result. A couple of years ago in 2017, authorities banned a bowler for 10 years after he delivered a succession of wides and no-balls to concede 92 runs to deliberately lose a match in what his team called a protest against biased umpiring.
That Dhaka League Second Division game raised suspicions after a Lalmatia bowler sent down 13 wides and three no-balls in the first over – all of which raced to the boundary – costing his side 80 runs.
Lalmatia had earlier been dismissed for just 88 off 14 overs before opponents Axiom reached 92-0 off just four legal deliveries. Last year, former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently serving a suspension, had sensationally said that the outcome of many matches was predetermined.
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board president Saber Hossain Chowdhury, a British-educated lawyer, businessman and influential member of parliament, backed Shakib’s comments, claiming there was “deep-rooted” corruption in the sport’s governing body.