Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) — Rangpur Riders have secured the top place in the points table beating Comilla Victorians by nine wickets on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Defending champions Riders ended the league stage of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with eight wins in 12 matches.
They bowled Victorians out for 72 in 16.3 overs and chased down the target (76/1) in 9.3 overs, losing one wicket.
Riders lost their only wicket at nine when Mehedi Maruf fell after scoring five. In the second wicket stand, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers added 67 runs to ensure the win.
Earlier, Victorians won the toss and decided to bat first. Riders’ English all-rounder Ravi Bopara took three wickets conceding seven runs in three overs.
Victorians lost Tamim Iqbal in the second ball of the innings. Tamim went to drive Nahidul Islam through the cover but failed to time it properly. AB de Villiers took an easy catch.
They lost Anamul Haque in the third over. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman posted five runs on the board before being dismissed by Nahidul.
Imrul Kayes, the captain of Victorians, got out for a duck. He was removed by his counterpart Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Right after Imrul, Shamsur Rahman (12) fell prey to Shaidul Islam.
Ziaur Rahman was the highest runs getter for Victorians. He struck 21 off 25 deliveries with two fours and one six. Along with Ziaur and Shamsur, Liam Dawson was the only other batsman to reach the double-digit.
While Bopara bagged three wickets, Nahidul and Mashrafe took two each. Shahidul and Minhajul Abedin Afridi also took one wicket each.
Both teams will lock horns again in the first Qualifier of the tournament on February 4 at 6:30pm.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) — Cricket fans will have to spend more to watch the eliminator, qualifiers and the final of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced new ticket prices for the matches.
One will have to spend at least Tk 400 for a ticket of the final match scheduled for February 8. The lowest price for a ticket of the eliminator and the first qualifier has been fixed at Tk300 but a gallery (regular) ticket of the second qualifier will cost Tk 100.
BPL’s league stage is ending today with the match between Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans. The playoffs will take the place from Monday.
Chittagong Vikings and the fourth team of the points table (Dynamites or Rajshahi Kings) will lock horns in the eliminator on Monday at 1:30pm. On the same day at 6:30pm, Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians will play each other in the first qualifier of the league.
Tickets of the eliminator and the first qualifier (February 4) will be available from 9am Sunday at Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium and the booth adjacent to Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium’s gate 1.
Tickets of the second qualifier (February 6 at 6:30pm) will be available from 9am February 5, while the tickets of the Final will be available from February 7 at the same places.
People can also purchase tickets through Shohoz.com and Ucash.
Price of the tickets of the eliminator and the first qualifier:
Gallery (Regular) 300, Gallery (Shed) 400, Club House 700, VIP Stand 700 and Grand Stand 4000.
Price of the tickets of the second Qualifier:
Gallery (Regular) 100, Gallery (Shed) 150, Club House 300, VIP Stand 300 and Grand Stand 1000.
Price of the tickets of the Final:
Gallery (Regular) 400, Gallery (Shed) 500, Club House 1000, VIP Stand 1000 and Grand Stand 4000.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) — Comilla Victorians were all out for 72 in 16.3 overs against Rangpur Riders on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Ravi Bopara, the English all-rounder of the Riders, took three wickets conceding seven runs in three overs.
Victorians lost their number-one batsman Tamim Iqbal in the second ball of the innings after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Tamim went to drive Nahidul Islam through the cover but failed to time it properly. AB de Villiers took an easy catch.
They lost Anamul Haque in the third over. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman failed once again to come out from the bad patch that he has been going through from the start of BPL. He posted five runs on the board before being dismissed by Nahidul.
Imrul Kayes, the captain of the Victorians, got out for a duck. He was removed by his counterpart Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Right after Imrul, Shamsur Rahman (12) fell prey to Shaidul Islam.
Ziaur Rahman was the highest runs getter for Victorians. He struck 21 off 25 deliveries with two fours and one six. Along with Ziaur and Shamsur, Liam Dawson was the only other batsman to reach double-digit.
While Bopara bagged three wickets, Nahidul and Mashrafe took two wickets each. Shahidul and Minhajul Abedin Afridi also took one wicket each.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) — Comilla Victorians have won the toss and decided to bat first against Rangpur Riders on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The winner of this match will finish the league phase of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the top of the points table. Prior to this match, Victorians played 11 matches and won eight of them. On the other hand, Riders played 11 matches and won seven of them.
Victorians included young off-spinner Sanjit Saha in this match who displayed some imperious performance during his stint for Bangladesh U-19 team. The match will be marked as his T20 debut.
Riders also gave a T20 cap to Minhazul Abedin Afridi, a teenager leg-spinner, who drew the attention of the Riders’ management in the nets.
Comilla Victorians (Playing XI): TamimIqbal, AnamulHaque(w), ShamsurRahman, ImrulKayes(c), Liam Dawson, ThisaraPerera, ZiaurRahman, Abu Hider Rony, WaqarSalamkheil, SanjitSaha, WahabRiaz
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Mithun(w), Ravi Bopara, MehediMaruf, Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Shahidul Islam, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Canberra, Feb 2 (AP/UNB) — Kurtis Patterson became Australia's third century-maker of its first innings against Sri Lanka, scoring an unbeaten 114 in the second test at Manuka Oval on Saturday.
Patterson made Sri Lanka pay for dropping him on the first ball he faced.
Australia's century drought, which dated to Dubai in October, ended as Patterson joined Joe Burns and Travis Head in reaching three figures.
Australia declared its first innings closed at 534-5 about an hour after lunch with captain Tim Payne also unbeaten on 45.
Sri Lanka played 13 overs before tea at 47 with no loss. Dimuth Karunaratne was 29 not out and Lahiri Thirimanne unbeaten on 17.
In the morning session, Australian opener Burns' career-best innings ended on 180 after being bowled. The Queensland batsman appeared set to become the first Australian to score a double century since Steve Smith's 239 against England in December 2017.
But Burns played onto his stumps off a ball from Sri Lankan fast bowler Kasun Rajitha, adding eight runs to his overnight score.
Vishwa Fernando was the best of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three wickets for 126 runs.
Burns' innings and his record 308-run partnership with Head (161) on the first day put Australia in an almost unbeatable position to ensure it wins its first test series since the 2017-18 Ashes.
Australia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first test at Brisbane.