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14 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Fizz brings amazing win for Kings

Mashrafe’s strategy to open the innings with Gayle backfires
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Fizz brings amazing win for Kings
Rajshahi Kings’ hero Mustafizur Rahman celebrates with teammates after bowls a sensational last over against Rangpur Riders during their BPL match at Sher-e-Bangla National cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman came up with spectacular last over, filled with deadly cutters and yorkers to help Rajshahi Kings pull of a heist as they snatched a five-run victory over mighty Rangpur Riders yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

With nine runs to defend in the last over, Mustafizur delivered one of the most sensational overs the world has ever seen in the recent past, conceding just three runs and scripted a thrilling victory for the Rajshahi, whose 135 for eight looked underwhelming against a star-studded line up of Rangpur Riders.

But that one special over of Mustafizur, adorably called as the Fizz, sank them from a seemingly good position and finally held them back to 130 for six.

While the clam presence of Rilee Rossouw made Rangpur favourites to win the game when the match went down to last over, Mustafizur had other ideas.

The fast ball was slower, a short of length and Rossouw only could pull it for one run and gave the strike to Farhad Reza, who looked clueless as Mustafizur came up with perfect cutter. The third and fourth delivery was slower cutters to which Farhad Reza only could heave a wild slog but couldn’t connect. He missed the fifth delivery also, a cutter again, but Rossouw charged and stole a bye to give him the chance of negotiating the last delivery in which a six needed even to tie the match.

Mustafizur however held his nerve and unleashed a wide yorker to which Rossouw could only dig it out into the offside for a single.

Mustafizur had no wicket to show but his 4-0-17-0 was instrumental in Rajshahi’s sensational victory.

Even though Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s strategy to open the innings with Chris Gayle backfired after the skipper got a two ball-duck, Gayle gave the side a rapid start in pursuit of 136.

For the first time in this season, a Gayle-storm seemed to have on the cards as he took paceman Kamrul Islam Rabbi in sheer disdain to hit him two sixes and as many fours in an over.

But Rabbi after conceding 20 runs took the revenge by getting him out in the last ball of that over.

Inspired by the big wicket of Gayle, Rajshahi bowlers came up with disciplined bowling to slow down the scoring rate even though Mohammad Mithun and Rilee Rossouw looked to sail the side with serene approach.

Mohammad Hafeez then dealt a double blow in consecutive overs to claim the wicket of Mithun (30) and Ravi Bopara (2). And when Benny Howell was run out for 4 on the stroke of last powerplay, Rangpur seemed to have in real danger, reeling to 93 for five.

Rossouw and Nahidul Islam (16) somehow managed to survive in the wake of some fantastic death over bowling but the latter was out in the penultimate over, leaving Rajshahi a need to 9 runs in the last over.

However Mustafizur lived up to his reputation of deadly death over bowler on a day when it mattered most. Rossouw was unbeaten on 44 off 45.

Earlier in a sluggish Mirpur wicket, being sent to bat first, wicket-keeper batsman Zakir Hasan was key in Rajshahi’s moderate total. Zakir was unbeaten on 36 ball-42, smashing two fours and one six—an innings that helped Rajshahi gave their bowlers something to defend.

Mohammad Hafeez was the other notable scorer with 26 and added 54-run with Zakir after Rajshahi were in tittering 36 for three. The partnership looked threatening but Mashrafe MP-led Rangpur regrouped well to restrict Rajshahi in meager total. However a special over of Mustafizur at the end made all the difference.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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