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Rangpur confirm play-offs beating Khulna

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Rangpur confirm play-offs beating
Khulna
Khulna players celebrate the dismissal of Rangpur Riders opener Chris Gayle for 38 during their BPL-5 match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

Rangpur Riders confirmed the play-offs by securing a 19-run win over Khulna Titans yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. They joined Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans in the elite phase of the tournament. The last four matches of the group phase on December 5 and 6 now will determine the line-up of Qualifier and Eliminator. Given the position of the point table, Comilla Victorians are all but sure to play the Qualifier. Opting to bat first, Rangpur Riders put up 147 for six, recovering a middle order collapse after which their bowlers bowled in controlled aggression to restrict Khulna to 128 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs.

Mohammad Mithun was instrumental in taking Rangpur to the decent total in a wicket which wasn’t so conducive to batting. After coming in the sixth over, Mithun batted till the last to hit 50 off 35, smashing two fours and four sixes, last of which he muscled over deep midwicket in the last ball to complete his fifty. In fact he was 31 off 30 before taking 19 runs alone in the last over to complete the feat. It was an impressive effort given Rangpur was struggling at the half-way mark, especially after the departure of Chris Gayle who couldn’t capitalize on his start, being out on 38 off 27 with four fours and two sixes.

Gayle’s dismissal left the side 72 for three in 10.1 overs after which Khulna came back strongly to trigger a collapse, courtesy of Jofra Archer who finally finished with two for 28. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was unbeaten on 15 while Brendan McCullum also added 15.

In pursuit of the target, Khulna began well with the openers—Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Michael Klinger sharing 60 runs, before Nazmul Islam Opu broke through with the wicket of the former for 20. Rangpur then made a giant stride towards the victory, courtesy of Ravi Bopara who dismissed well-set Klinger for 44. The defining moment of the match was the dismissal of Mahmudullah Riyad (6) and Carlos Brathwaite (6), in the space of 10 runs that tilted the match completely towards Rangpur. They however didn’t let the momentum go away. Ravi Bopara was the most successful bowler for Rangpur, having figure of two for four.

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