Pakistani Stars Rule the BPL, Amir Finishes as Leading Wicket Taker

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019-20 is over as Rajshahi Royals trump Khulna Tigers in the grand final to clinch the title.

There were a number of memorable performances from the local stars, however, overseas cricketers especially Pakistanis stole the show. Mohammad Amir’s 20 wickets at 17.75 helped him finish as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. The honor was shared by three other bowlers including Bangladeshi pace duo, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hussain and South African all-rounder, Robbie Frylinck as they took 20 wickets apiece.

This edition of BPL saw 4 five-fors, however, the best ever figures in the tournament history came from Amir, who claimed 6 for 17 in the Qualifier to power his team, Khulna Tigers, into the final.


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Other Pakistani bowlers, including Mohammad Irfan (Rajshahi Royals), Shadab Khan (Dhaka Platoon), Wahab Riaz (Dhaka Platoon) and Mohammad Nawaz (Rajshahi Royals) played crucial roles in their teams’ success.

4 batsmen crossed the 450-runs mark and veteran Pakistani all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, was one of them. Malik scored 455 runs in 15 innings with a best of 87 while also taking 5 wickets with the ball.

Shadab’s career-best 64* from just 41 balls along with 11 wickets at 21.81, Wahab Riaz’s career-best 5 for 8, Mohammad Irfan’s 14 scalps with a meager economy of 5.63, Mohammad Nawaz’s match-winning all-round performance in the final (41* from 20 and 1/29 in 4 overs) – although a player with a bigger stature, Andre Russel (27* from 16 and 2/32 in 4 overs), got the man of the match despite contributing less – were all some of the best performances of the tournament.


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Here’s a summary of how well Pakistani stars performed at the BPL:

Bowling

Player Inns Overs Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ 5w
Mohammad Amir (Khulna Tigers) 13 50.2 355 20 6/17 17.75 7.05 1
Mohammad Irfan (Rajshahi Royals) 12 47.0 265 14 2/13 18.92 5.63 0
Shadab Khan (Dhaka Platoon) 10 34.4 240 11 2/14 21.81 6.92 0
Wahab Riaz (Dhaka Platoon) 7 25.4 167 10 5/8 16.70 6.50 1
Shoaib Malik (Rajshahi Royals) 11 25.3 175 5 2/27 35.00 6.86 0

Batting

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 6s
Shoaib Malik 15 15 3 455 87 37.91 130.00 0 3 17
Asif Ali (Dhaka Platoon) 9 7 2 124 55* 24.80 169.86 0 1 10
Shadab Khan 10 4 2 111 64* 55.50 148.00 0 1 6

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