Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings won the toss and opted to bat first against Dhaka Dynamites on Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city.
Both the teams locked into the match with similar experience during the previous matches. Dynamites won five of their first six encounters but came to this match after losing three matches on the trot.
In a contrasting view, Vikings won six of their first seven matches but failed to maintain this track in the last three matches when they suffered losses respectively to Rangpur Riders, Rajshahi Kings and Comilla Victorians. The last loss they suffered to the Victorians less than 24 hours back.
Vikings are in a better place in the points table having secured 12 points from 10 matches. On the other hand, Dynamites acquired 10 points from nine matches.
If the Vikings can outshoot Dynamites in today’s match, they will have 14 points to their name which will be enough for them to secure a place in the playoffs. If they lose, they will have another chance in their last match against Sylhet Sixers to be played on February 1.
On the other hand, if Dynamites can manage to win this match, they will obtain 12 points to their credit which will surely help them to take one step ahead to the top-four finish.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Rangpur Riders clinched a playoff berth as the first team of the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) beating Rajshahi Kings on Tuesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium by six wickets.
The Kings posted a total of 141/8 in 20 overs after winning the toss and decided to bat first. The Riders chased the target of 142 with eight balls to play (145/4 in 18.4 overs).
Riders’ win over the Kings also confirmed a playoff berth for Comilla Victorians who secured 14 points earlier in the day beating Chittagong Vikings. Now, both of the Victorians and the Riders have secured 14 points. However, the Riders are at a higher place in the points table as they have a better run-rate than the Victorians.
Riders’ chase was led by Rilee Rossouw who hit his fifth fifty of the season. The defending champions of BPL failed to have a good start as Chris Gayle fell for 10 off 14 deliveries. The Carribean batting star disappointed fans again with the bat once again. He was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Alex Hales, the Englishman who had struck a ton in a match earlier, fell for 16 this time. However, AB de Villiers and Rilee added 71 runs in the third wicket stand. Rilee got dismissed scoring 55 for 43 with five fours and two sixes to his name while AB post 37 off 27 balls.
With 15 runs required to win, AB got dismissed by Arafat Sunny. The remaining job to win the game was done by Mohammad Mithun (4) and Nahidul Islam (11).
Mehidy Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmed and Kamrul Islam took one wicket each for the Kings.
Earlier in the first innings, Farhad Reza bowled well for the Riders and took three wickets for 30 runs to restrict the Kings to 141. For this impressive bowling performance, he was adjudged man of the match.
Laurie Evans and Qais Ahmed were the most run scorers for the Kings. While Evans struck 35 off 31 balls, Qais scored 22 off 20 balls. Johnson Charles (12), Soumya Sarkar (14), Christian Jonker (16) and Fazle Mahmud (18) also contributed to the total of the Kings.
Along with Farhad, Nazmul Islam and Shahidul Islam bowled well for the Riders and took two wickets each while Nahidul Islam bagged one.
The Riders will play their last match before the playoffs against the Victorians on February 2 while the Kings will play their last encounter before the playoffs against Sylhet Sixers on January 30.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – The Young Tigers got off to a flying start in the three-match Youth ODI series beating touring England U-19 side by five wickets in the first match at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
The remaining two matches of the series will be played on January 31 and February 2 at the same venue.
The morale of hosts Bangladesh youth team is now in very high stage after beating the tourists by seven wickets in the lone T20 match in Cox’s Bazar last Sunday in addition to today’s feat.
In the first Youth ODI, visiting English Youth team batted first after winning the toss and scored a moderate total of 209 for 7 in stipulated 50 overs featuring 70 runs in the 7th wicket stand by LP Goldsworthy and LBK Hollman.
Number seven LP Goldsworthy contributed team highest 99-ball 61 runs with the help of two fours and one six, number eight batsman LBK Hollman scored 57-ball 35 runs not out hitting two boundaries while GCH Hill scored 38-ball 30 runs featuring two fours and one six.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib grabbed three wickets for 47 runs while Rakibul Hasan claimed two wickets for 41 runs and Ashraful Islam bagged one for 44 runs.
In reply, Bangladesh U-19 team scored 210 runs for the loss of five wickets in 45.5 overs featuring 82 runs in both the 2nd and 3rd wicket stands each.
One down Parvez Hossain Emon pairing with opener Prantik Nawrose Nabil scored 82 runs in the 2nd wicket stand while Emon again partnering with Mahmudul Hasan made 82 runs in the 3rd wicket stand.
Emon hammered the match-highest 80 runs off 121 balls featuring five fours and three sixes, Nabil scored 48 runs off 56 deliveries hitting six boundaries, number for Mahmudul Hasan made 52 ball 33 runs including one six, Shamim Hossain scored 13-ball 11 runs while captain Akbar Ali made 13-ball 10 runs for the home side.
TA Lammonly, Hamidullah Qadri, AW Finch and LBK Hollman took one wicket each conceding 17, 32, 49 and 55 runs respectively.
On completion of the three-match ODI series, the English U-19 Team will travel to Chattogram on February 4 to play a two-match four-day Youth Tests series from February 7-10 and February 15-18 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
The visiting team will leave for home on February 19.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Rajshahi Kings won the toss and decided to bat first against Rangpur Riders in a vital match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Tuesday.
The Kings won five matches out of 10 they have played so far in the ongoing BPL. But Rangpur Riders managed six wins in 10 matches.
Today’s match is more important for Rajshahi Kings in order to occupy a place in the playoffs.
In the first meet, Rajshahi Kings won by five wickets against Rangpur Riders. So the Riders will be keen to take revenge today.
Rajshahi Kings (Playing XI): Johnson Charles (W), Soumya Sarkar, Laurie Evans, Christiaan Jonker, Fazle Mahmud, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan (C), Arafat Sunny, Qais Ahmad, Kamrul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Mithun (W), Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Nazmul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Shahidul Islam
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - National opener Tamim Iqbal and Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi guided Comilla Victorians to the top slot of the seven-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) forcing Chittagong Vikings to suffer the 3rd consecutive loss at home with a seven-wicket defeat on Tuesday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
With the feat, Comilla Victorians clinched the top spot again in the league tables securing 14 points from 10 matches while Chittagong Vikings went down to the 3th place with 12 points from 10 matches with the 3rd successive defeat, all on the home soil. Rangpur Riders were in the 2nd slot also with 12 points from 10 matches with a better run rate.
Chittagong Vikings posted 116 runs for eight wickets in a curtailed 19-over-a-side match due to rain and the Victorians easily chased down it making 117 runs for the loss of three wickets in 16.4 overs.
Left-handed national opening batsman Tamim Iqbal remained unbeaten on 54 off 51 balls featuring four fours and two sixes to make his 2nd fifty in the ongoing season of BPL.
The Victorians lost their first wicket on 26 runs when Anamul Haque Bijoy failed once again to hit a big score. Today, he fell for eight off 13 balls. But in the second wicket stand, Tamim and Shamsur Rahman added 65 runs.
Shamsur fell for 36 off 22 balls. He was scalped by Abu Jayed Rahi. The right-handed national pacer also hunted the captain of the Victorians, Imrul Kayes, for eight off eight deliveries.
Along with Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera also remained on 10 off seven balls while ensuring the seventh victory in the season.
Earlier, Chittagong Vikings tumbled for 116 for eight in 19 overs as one over was reduced due to rain. Mohammad Shahzad (33), Najibullah Zadran (13) and Mosaddek Hossain (43) were the batsmen to reach double-digit scores.
In the rain-interrupted start, the Vikings lost two wickets in just three runs. Mohammad Saifuddin, the right-arm pacer, scalped both of Shadman Islam and Yasir Ali. Both of them failed to score anything.
Coming to the middle at number four, Mushfiqur Rahim also failed as he fell for six off seven balls. Chittagong’s initial struggle continued until Mosaddek struck 43 off 25 balls with three fours and as many as sixes.
Cameron Delport and Sikandar Raza fell for six and five respectively with both of them being scalped by Shahid Afridi.
The Pakistan all-rounder bowled devastatingly to grab two wickets for 10 runs in his four-over spell and was adjudged the man of the match.
Besdies, Saifuddin and Wahab Riaz took two wickets each for the Victorians while Mehedi Hasan bagged one.
Comilla will play their next game against Dhaka Dynamites on February 1 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka and Chittagong Vikings will face Dhaka on Wednesday.