Rangpur beat Chittagong by 9 wickets
Rangpur Riders beat Chittagong Vikings by nine wickets in their first match of BPL tournament at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest 124 for win, Mohammad Shahzad scored 80 runs off 52 balls, smashing 11 boundaries and three towering sixes. He was adjudged the player of the match.
Bashundhara Group vice-chairman Safwan Sobhan gave the man-of-the-match prize to Mohammad Shahzad.
Earlier, Rangpur Riders bowlers displayed splendid performance to restrict Chittagong to 124 in 20 overs.
Shahzad rocked Chittagong bowlers in his 52-ball blitz as he scored 77 for the first wicket with opener Soumya Sarkar. Soumya made 23 with a four and two massive sixes.
Although Soumya was dismissed by Mills, Shahzad ensured Rangpur’s first victory in the BPL campaign with five overs in hand while Mithun Ali was not out with 12 runs.
Earlier, Rangpur skipper Naeem Islam won the toss and opted to field first to use the dew factor.
Rangpur bowlers’ discipline bowling caught Chittagong batsmen off guard throughout the innings as Chittagong culminated to a total of 124 all-out in 19.4 overs with spinner Sohag Gazi finished with 2 for 18 from his three overs and Richard Gleeson claimed two wickets for 30.
Chittagong’s foreign recruit Shoaib Malik was not as effective with 30 runs in facing 32 balls, and was the top scorer for Chittagong, but the big guns failed to click when it mattered the most.
sDespite a strong batting lineup of Chittagong, they had to struggle to get runs on the board. After 17 overs, they were 82/5 with all the top five batsmen back in the pavilion. Tight lines from Sohag Gazi resulted in a slow start for Chittagong.
However, the opening pair of skipper Tamim Iqbal and pugnacious Smith added 21 for the first wicket before Sohag got rid of both their openers.
But, in between, Anamul did a lot of damage, taking 18 runs — four fours off Gleeson’s second over. He became the third casualty in the innings when he was needless run-out for the second time of the ongoing tournament.
However, pacer Rubel Hossain and Shahid Afridi rocked the Chittagong innings in the middle overs. They dismissed Jahurul and big hitter Nabi within two overs.