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Rangpur aim to finish first phase on winning note
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Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Rangpur aim to finish first phase on winning note

Comilla Victorians head coach Mohammed Salahuddin (R-2nd ) having a chat with all-rounder Mosharraf Hossain Rubel (L) and Ziaur Rahman (L-2nd) during a practice session at BCB Academy ground in Mirpur yesterday. BCB PHOTO

The first Dhaka chapter, a nine-day-long affair, of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be closed with the matches of Rangpur Riders vs Rajshahi Kings (1:30pm) and Comilla Victorians vs Chittagong Vikings (at 6:30pm) today.

A total of 14 matches are scheduled to take place in the phase, from where 12 matches already concluded and two will be played on the last day. Of these matches, Rangpur Riders are slated to play the highest number of five matches.

The BPL 2017 champions  already played four outings, in where they have an equal win-loss record, placed second in the points-table with four points just after table-toppers Dhaka Dynamites, who are yet to lose any match, chalking up the highest six points from three outings. They are now eyeing to finish the phase with all-win record as they will play their fourth and last match in Dhaka phase against Sylhet Sixers.

The holders lost their fourth match, which was produced a most-sought after match in BPL, to star-studded Dhaka Dynamites by thin-wafer margin of two runs. So, they want to finish the Dhaka phase with winning note this time around.

The Riders under the supervision of head coach Tom Moody and his deputy Mohammad Rafique appeared in the national academy of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium to tune up some of their players ahead of their phase-ending match.  

Nahidul Islam, Mehedi Maruf, Fardeen Hasan Oney, Nazmul Islam Apu, Nadif Chowhdury and Ravi Bopara practiced at net during an optional training session. Before their intense training session, Rafique spoke to media, where he flatly told their desires to finish the Dhaka phase with winning mood.      

“Our planning is to play better cricket and win tomorrow’s match,” said Mohammad Rafique.

“For this, we’ve appeared in an informal practice session to work with the players, who needed to tune up for the next match,” Rafique told media.

He said that they don’t want to repeat the mistakes what they did in the last match against Dhaka Dynamites and lost the nail-biting tie.

“We lost the match due to our fielding and some loose balls. Actually the chase total was easier for our batsmen. We lost the match for our mistakes,” the coach said.

“Twenty20 in cricket is a game where the more the team does mistakes the more the team will be gone back. The team who will do less number of mistakes will finally be victorious,” he continued.

“We’re now working on it. We’re also discussing the matter among us. The professional players are playing here. So, no one will give any concession. If we could amend our own mistakes, the next match will then be better also. It’s not a place of doing wrong. Hopefully we could get down for the last match of the first phase of Dhaka by amending our mistakes.

“You know the wicket in Mirpur. None can guarantee of the wicket in Mirpur. No one knows what will behave it. Even groundsmen don’t know it properly. As so far I see the wicket so long the power of the soil has been finished. In such wickets, more runs will be scored. Spectators will enjoy the game. But it has not been done because wickets are not good. But a good match between Dhaka and our Rangpur held yesterday. Such competition will be held any longer,” he said.

“Day will not come equally. Those, who could make the day, will come to his favour. So, I told my fast bowlers and spinners try to grab the day.  It may go a day bad for a team. But it’ll not go everyday bad. Inshaallah, I believe, our bowler will strongly come back.”

“At this level, it’s tough to catch the wrong as it’s a short-time tournament. It may be he is a regular player of the national team. If he thinks the mistakes I did will not be repeated, and then the solution will be done so quick.”

“Meanwhile, most of the teams already played three-four-five matches. But they could not take proper preparation before their match. There is something lacking here.”