Pakistan all-rounder Aamer Jamal showed his prowess in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) by clinching his first-ever T20 five-wicket haul. Representing Comilla Victorians, Jamal played a pivotal role in guiding his team to a crucial victory over the Khulna Tigers.
Continuing his impressive performance from the winter season, which included a standout debut Test tour of Australia where he bagged 18 wickets, Jamal displayed remarkable skill on the field. Defending a modest total of 149 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Jamal was brought on as the fifth change when Comilla Victorians were already in a commanding position, having secured four wickets.
Initially facing some challenges with a no-ball and a subsequent free hit resulting in a six, Aamer Jamal quickly regained control. He dismissed Evin Lewis with a well-executed catch on the leg side, setting the tone for his exceptional spell. Transitioning from conceding eight runs in his first two legal deliveries to claiming 2-3 in his next 12, Jamal showcased his dominance.
Mohammad Nawaz was the next to fall, caught in front after missing his attempted leg-side clip. Despite Jamal’s review, the decision stood, further solidifying his impact on the game.
Faheem Ashraf briefly resisted, hitting Jamal for a six before edging behind while attempting another big shot.
With two quick wickets following, including a hat-trick opportunity, Jamal’s bowling figures stood at 5-23 by the end of the match. His stellar performance played a crucial role in Comilla Victorians’ 34-run victory over Khulna Tigers.
Although Jamal had a relatively quiet start in the BPL, his return to form will undoubtedly boost his prospects for selection in the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the USA and the Caribbean.