Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings started their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 campaign with a stunning three-wicket victory over defending champions Rangpur Riders on Saturday.
South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck drove Shafiul Islam for a boundary through the cover in the first ball of the last over to score match-winner 101 for 7 in 19.1 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Frylinck, who earlier grabbed four wickets for 14 runs, was adjudged man of the match.
Vikings skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and sent Riders to bat. The defending champions were all out for 98 runs in 20 overs.
Afghan opener Mohammad Shehzad and Cameron Delport added 15 runs for Vikings in opening stand. Riders captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza scalped Delport to make a breakthrough for his team.
Their effort to defend a low total of 98 continued when Shafiul took the wicket of Mohammad Ashraful.
Former Bangladesh captain Ashraful failed to impress in his first T20 appearance after six years after adding only 3 runs off 5 balls. The right-handed batsman skid a low-ball of Shafiul and Alex Hales took an easy catch.
Mushfiqur (25 off 31 balls) and Shehzad added 30 runs in the third wicket stand. Shehzad fell for 27 off 23 balls on a delivery by Benny Howell. Vikings lower order Nayeem Hasan made run a ball 10 with a boundary.
Mashrafe took two wickets for 24 runs.
Earlier, Ravi Bopara was the only batsman to offer some resistance for Riders scoring 41 runs off 47 deliveries including three fours and two sixes – the best score by a Riders batsman. Shohag Gazi made 21 off 17 balls.
Along with Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan and Abu Jayed did well with the ball. Nayeem took two for 10 and Jayed grabbed two for 30.
Chittagong will play their next match against Sylhet Sixers on January 9 while Riders will face Khulna Titans in their next match on January 6.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings won the toss in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) opener against the defending champions Rangpur Riders and decided to bowl first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The Vikings finished the last BPL bottom at the points table. But this time, they are hoping to write a new history as their captain Mushfiqur Rahim said a day before the match.
“We are a balanced team now, and we want to take the advantage of the team,” Musfiqur Rahim said on Friday during practice at National Cricket Academy.
On the other hand, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Rangpur Rider captain, insisted they are all set to fight to defend the title.
“It always put an extra pressure to play being the defending champions. But we are optimistic and confident. We have to make sure a positive start,” Masrhafe told the media.
In the second match of the day, Dhaka Dynamites will lock horn with Rajshahi Kings. The second match will kick off at 5:20 pm.
Chittagong Vikings (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Mosaddek Hossain, Sikandar Raza, Robbie Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Alex Hales, Mohammad Mithun(w), Rilee Rossouw, Mehedi Maruf, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) — Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) defending champions Rangpur Riders will take on Chittagong Vikings in the first match of the latest edition of the league.
Before the tournament, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Rangpur Riders captain, said they are confident about a good start.
“We have a balanced team. We won the title last year, so there is a high expectation around. But I think we have a better team compared to the last one,” he told reporters on Friday during practice session.
Chris Gayle played the pivotal role for the Riders in the last season. He hit 146 off 69 balls, helping the Riders beat Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs.
The Caribbean batting-star will feature for the Riders this year as well though he is yet to join the camp. But a source confirmed UNB that Gayle might come before the first match and will take the field.
Riders secured the service of Alex Hales, who already joined them and is set to play from the first match. They also have AB de Villiers in their team but he will join from the Sylhet phase of the league, scheduled to start from January 15.
Mashrafe won four of last five BPL seasons as the captain which might be a plus point for the Riders. But, Masrhafe believes it is nothing but a matter of pressure on the team.
“We always had to start the tournament with a lot of pressure, especially when you go to defend the title. There is no guarantee of winning the title just by assembling a good team on paper. We have to start the tournament in a positive manner,” Mashrafe said.
Chittagong Vikings are confident this time although they finished the last edition at the bottom of the points table.
Mushfiqur Rahim, the former captain of Bangladesh team, will lead the Vikings. “We have some young cricketers in our squad who can change the match at any time and who are effective in the T20 format. We are eager to do something memorable this time,” he said on Friday during the practice.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) — Runners-up Dhaka Dynamites will take on Rajshahi kings in their first Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dynamites’ all-rounder Andre Russel on Friday said this edition of BPL would be competitive.
Dhaka won the league in 2016 but failed to retain the title and lost the final by 57 runs to Rangpur Riders. Chris Gayle, the Caribbean explosive batsman, hit a tremendous innings of 146 off 69 balls which let Dhaka down in the match.
“I think we have a good team. Our expectation is still to win ... we have to start on the right foot first,” Russell said.
Shakib Al Hasan, the star all-rounder, will play an important role in his team’s success this season. Russell was full of praise for his teammate.
“Shakib is a very good skipper. I have played with him at KKR and Jamaica Tallawahs as well. He plays hard and at times he may get grumpy, and that’s how the captains are,” Russell said.
On the other hand, Lance Klusner, the Kings head coach, said they are not bothered about other teams.
“I am not trying to put too much attention to other teams. I think our focus will be on ourselves. Obviously, there are some really good teams out there and there is no easy game. But our focus will be on ourselves and what we can do to try and win the games,” he said.
Rajshahi finished the last BPL second from the bottom of the points table. But they are confident enough to show their prowess.
“We have got a good bowling attack. It’s just about finding the balance, and we have lots of variety so that’s something is an advantage for us,” Klusner said. “At the same time, we have some wonderful batters, and we will try to look at some decent scores to defeat."
Chicago, Jan 5 (AP/UNB) — Two goals away from reaching 100 for her career, forward Alex Morgan is on the roster for the U.S. women's national team as it opens training camp ahead of the World Cup in France this summer.
Morgan was among 26 players named to the roster by coach Jill Ellis on Friday. The defending champions leave for Portugal on Saturday and will play a pair of exhibition matches against France and Spain later in the month.
Tierna Davidson, Kelley O'Hara and McCall Zerboni have returned to the team following injuries. Davidson broke her ankle in September while playing for Stanford. Zerboni fractured her elbow in a match for the U.S. team against Chile, and O'Hara is coming off ankle surgery.
Ellis included four goalkeepers in the camp: Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher are joined by Jane Campbell and Adrianna Franch. Campbell, returning after her last call-up in April, has three appearances with the team while Franch is still looking for her first cap.
Also included was defender Emily Fox, coming off her sophomore season at North Carolina. She made her first two appearances with the United States in November.
"We recognize that we have formally entered a World Cup year and I know the players' focus and enthusiasm will reflect the importance of the work we have to do in January," Ellis said in a statement Friday.
The roster by position, with club affiliation.
Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride) and Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Emily Fox (North Carolina), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars) and Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns).
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage) and McCall Zerboni (NC Courage).
FORWARDS: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorn), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).