6th Bangladesh Premier League
Kings knock down Riders in nail-biting clash
Rajshahi Kings beat mighty Rangpur Riders by five runs in the very exciting duel of the 6th Bangladesh Premier League 2019 on Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
Winning the toss, Rangpur preferred to chase and were right after all to restrict Rajshahi at 135 for eight in the evenly poised contest. Riders skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza stroke in the first ball he delivered in the match by picking up Kings' captain Mehidy Miraz when the match grew up to 1.1 overs only.
Shohag Gazi joined the party with taking up the wicket of Mominul Haque in the fifth over while Mashrafe hit again to seize the wicket of Soumya Sarkar in the last powerplay over. Kings thus, started to crawl to survive with 43 for three wickets after initial six overs. Mominul and Soumya accumulated 14 and 18 runs respectively.
Brilliant 54 stands from fourth wicket partnership between Pakistani recruit Mohammad Hafeez and local hero Jakir Hossain was the pedestrian of the decent total of RK. Hafeez went out scoring 26 but Zakir remained at the crease till the end of the innings assembling 42 from 36 deliveries.
Brilliant spells from Mashrafe who delivered four overs to pick two wickets conceding 22 runs, was key for RRs to keep RKs within defendable total. Besides, two direct hitting run outs were handy for Riders as well.
Mashrafe came to open with the bat accompanying big man Chris Gayle to chase well gettable 135 but was futile in his opening experiment as he was caught behind the wickets by Zakir Hossain in the very first over delivered by Kamrul Islam Rabbi. Mash went yet before opening his account.
Six machine Gayle butchered Rabbi in the 3rd over with two boundaries and equal number of over boundaries. He also threw his wicket in that over as Double Rs were at 31 for two. But 40 runs partnership between Mohammad Mithun and Rilee Rossouw showing defending champions the way.
However, Mithun went posting 30 while Rossouw sang same loud. The South African batsman remained unbeaten with 44 accumulations but failed to sail his team at the shore as none of his mates stood aside him.
Riders were in dearth of nine from the final over for their 3rd win but the Fizz came with orb to defend. The death over specialist however, didn't count much to escape back to back defeats for the Kings. Forhad Reza failed to read Mustafiz to produce even a single from the four balls he faced in the 20th over of the match as Riders succumbed by five runs.
Zakir Hossain named the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.