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25 November, 2017 12:44:48 AM
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Riyad-led Khulna bolster position

Rangpur fail to tackle Junaid’s final over
Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg
Riyad-led Khulna bolster position
Khulna Titans captain Mahmudullah Riyad (R) and Ariful Haque run between the wickets as Rangpur Riders bowler Rubel Hossain looks on during their BPL-5 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. BCB PHOTO

Rangpur Riders became third time-unlucky as they failed to nail another cliffhanger in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Winning the last two matches by 7 runs against Sylhet Sixers and 3 runs against Dhaka Dynamites following a last over thriller, this time they were involved in another last over drama against Khulna Titans but it turned out to be tragedy for them. This time they were in the batting side and needed 15 runs to win in the last over. A perfect yorker-filled over from Khulna’s Pakistani fast bowler Junaid Khan forced them collect only five runs with the loss of two wickets and eventually they lost the match by 9 runs yesterday at the start of the Chittagong-phase BPL at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. This victory however propelled Titans to the top of the point table for the time being with 11 points in eight matches.

Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad led the side from the front, smashing 36 ball-59, studded with six fours and two sixes as Khulna amassed a moderate 158 for eight. Khulna’s bowlers made the total winning one against a line up bolstered by Chris Gayle and Brendan McCullum, by restricting Rangpur to 149 for six.

Afif Hossain, aided by Abu Jayed Rahi and some electric fielding from the fielders rattled the Riders top order, reducing them 45 for four in eighth overs, and raised the prospect of the side’s facile victory. Afif’s two overs spell fetched him two wickets of McCullum (4) and Fazle Mahmud (6) and in between Jayed dismissed Gayle before he set him in the crease. Gayle still hit two fours and one six in his nine ball-16.

However Ravi Bopara and Nahidul Islam revived the innings with an exact hundred run partnership but neither of them couldn’t be as aggressive as it should be to keep the asking run rate under favour. Their 100 runs stand came off 70 balls. By then 100 runs partnership was completed they entered into the last over and pressure was on them to sail the side home. Pressure got the better of young Nahidul who was run out in the second ball of the last over after scoring 58 off 43, hitting seven fours.

Bopara, a set batsman had no answer against those deadly yorkers and he too was dismissed off Junaid Khan in the last ball, with 59 off 44. He hit four fours and one six. Juanid Khan finished with one for 20 in four overs, giving just 11 runs in the last two overs at the death, which was instrumental in Khulna’s victory even though captain Mahmudullah Riyad was adjudged man of the match for his 59.

Khulna also tasted top order collapse after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza sent them in batting. They started rapidly but were down to 49 for three in seventh over, leaving the onus on captain Riyad to deliver. The skipper didn’t disappoint. He didn’t allow the Riders bowler to stem the run flow in the middle overs, rotating the scoreboard nicely with series of singles and occasional boundaries. Riyad however was dismissed in the 17th over, giving Riders bowlers a chance to restrict them under a chase-able total.

Barring Riyad’s 59, Khulna’s next best was opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s 20. Rubel Hossain was the highest wicket-taker for Rangpur with three for 35 while Lasith Malinga claimed two for 27.

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