In a bizarre fashion, a club team in Bangladesh lost a match inside an over defending 88 runs. The visiting team required just 4 balls to gun down the target of 89 runs, thus winning the match by a thumping 10-wicket margin. The new-ball bowler bowled only 4 legitimate deliveries and conceded 92 runs. However, it was not poor bowling that cost them the game, but done intentionally, in protest against the poor umpiring. Sujon Mahmud, the Lalmatia Club bowler in Dhaka Second Division Cricket League, gave away 80 extras — 65 from 13 wide balls and 15 runs from 3 no-balls — in their one-day match against Axiom Cricketers at City Club Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Mustafizur Rahman (not the one you think) and Sajid Hasan, the Axiom openers, were batting on 12 (which included 3 fours) and 0 when the match was finished. In all, play lasted for an hour and 34 minutes. Asked to bat first, Lalmatia were dismissed for 88 runs in 14 overs. There was a run out, two caught-behinds, 3 lbws and a stumping in their innings. The players, however, believed the umpires had been biased against them. “It started at the toss and my captain was not allowed to see the coin. We were sent to bat first and as expected the umpires’ decision came against us, getting the team all out for a low score,” a report in Dhaka Tribune quoted Adnan Rahman Dipon, the Lalmatia general secretary, as saying.
“My players are young, aged around 17, 18 and 19 years. They could not tolerate the injustice and thus reacted giving 92 runs in the four deliveries,” it further read. The senior players, including the regular captain, were not part of the side. The league coordinator, Jahid Hossain, told the newspaper he was unsure if the umpires had reported the incident to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Lalmatia Club 88 in 14 overs (Shaikat Hossain 34; Rubel Hossain 3 for 9, Zabir Al Nur 2 for 14, Ariful Hossain 2 for 33, Sumon Ali 2 for 10) lost to Axiom Cricketers 80 for no loss in 0.4 overs by 10 wickets with 296 balls to spare.