ZIMBABWE cricketer Hamilton Masakadza put up a remarkable batting display to set up a huge victory for Syhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Masakadza managed a quick 42 runs as he showed his batting aggression to aid his side to a blazing six-wicket victory against Khulna Royal Bengals.
The right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm leg-break bowler teamed up with Paul Stirling to make a short evening’s work for Syhet Royals and record the side’s third win in a row.
Masakadza and Stirling made a 78-run stand, which helped Royals to the highest power play total of the BPL 81 for 1.
During the Royals chase, Masakadza fiercely hit Shapoor Zadran for a boundary and two huge sixes before Stirling finished the innings’ second over with two more boundaries to take 25 off it.
Masakadza went on to hit four more boundaries in the next over, before leaving it to Stirling to pick up four sixes in the next two overs off Nabil Samad and Sanjamul Islam, who was hit for three sixes in the space of four balls in his first over.
Masakadza was cleaned up by a beauty from Zadran, this time coming from around the wicket. By then, however, the Royals needed to score at four an over in the next nine overs to complete the win, which they eventually did with 22 balls to spare.
Masakadza, who turns up for Mountaineers in the Zimbabwe’s domestic league is the third local player in the BPL with Elton Chigumbura and Sean Ervine already having made their presence felt for their respective clubs.