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14 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Riders fail to pick momentum, admits Mash

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Riders fail to pick momentum, admits Mash
Rangpur Riders skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza delivers a ball during their BPL match against Rajshahi Kings at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

Rangpur Riders skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza regretted of the four dot balls of the penultimate over that heavily cost for them in their first chapter of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The reigning champions lost three matches including back to back against Dhaka Dynamites and then Rajshahi Kings in their five-match road string in Dhaka. Still they are second in the points-table with four points behind table-toppers Dhaka Dynamites.

Before the match of Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings, three teams have the identical four points but the team who won the phase-ending match will be placed second with six points.

Mashrafe said that they don’t see any easy solution to come back in the competition after losing back-to-back matches closely. But he thinks that they have to toil hard to triumph the next match to game momentum which is very important in Twenty20 cricket.

“Of course, it’s tough after losing back-to-back matches. We closely lost those two matches. We should have won those two matches,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has excellent record under his belt to win four BPL titles for three different BPL franchisee teams in his BPL stint.

“Actually it’s difficult to lose back to back matches. There is no such short-cut way to come out of it. Obviously, we have to work hard in the next match. Things are not easy but a win could change the momentum,” Mashrafe told media at the post-match conference at the media block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

“Last year we lost three out of the six matches. If we could win the last match, the same situation would then be stood. In Twenty20, the momentum is important what we could not pick at the crucial moment,” he added. The Riders captain said that they had enough capable batsmen in Riders’ ranks to overhaul the target that was really chaseable for them. Along with that, he said that it would be easier for them to win the match if they could rotate the strike by single.  

“It’s simple equation. Forhad Reza is our experienced batsman. He knows what will have to do at this situation. It was needed to give the strike to Rossouw after taking a single,” he viewed. “If Rossouw would be there, the hope is then there. The match would be come out if he could hit a ball. He had every capability to do so,” he continued.

“The match finally stands at one ball for one ball situation. We had hope but four dot balls cost for us. May be it would be easier for us if we could rotate the strike by single,” he added.    

When asked about his arrival to open the innings with stroke-maker Chris Gayle, Mashrafe said that they had fixed either Forhad Reza or he would open the innings.

“We didn’t take any opener today. Either I or Forhad Reza wanted to open the innings. As the opponent side has a good number of left-handed batsmen, so we picked Nahid as an off-spinner. So, one has to open. I came here to open with Chris Gayle,” he replied.

“It’s not a big deal. Actually we had needed to win the match what we didn’t at the end of the day. We have enough batsmen to chase the score of 135. No one execute our planning. In the middle part, we didn’t almost build any partnership. So, there is no such abrupt behave on the wicket where 136 is difficult for us to score. At the same time, we have no place to blame. We’ve to come back from here,” he responded to another query.

“It depends. We were decided earlier of the match that one of us will open today. If they would score 160, I will then open.”

He said that the combination will be remained identical after the arrival of the South African veteran batsman AB de Villiers.

“The combination will remain the same after the arrival of AB de Villiers. Last year we played with six batsmen. May be Zia sometimes opens, I bat at No three. Gazi in a match open at semifinal. So, we had the same combination from last year. We played with the six batsmen. Behind the champions, our top order struck three centuries in three matches last year,” he said. “We went to semifinal after winning four matches. As our top-order is heavy, where Chris Gayle is there and Rossouw was in form. If they could click the match would be different. But it is not being happened. Rossouw played single-handedly for us to win the match,” he also said.

 

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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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