Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - Wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan guided Rajshahi Kings to score 135 for eight wickets on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium against Rangpur Riders in their fourth match of the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Rangpur Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match. Rajshahi started their innings losing the skipper Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the second over. Rangpur Riders captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza trapped his counterpart Miraz for duck.
The Kings lost five wickets before touching the 100-run mark of their innings. Mominul Haque (14), Soumya Sarkar (18) and Mohammad Hafeez (26) offered some hope but failed to continue their start.
While Mominul and Soumya were dismissed by Shohag Gazi and Mashrafe, Hafeez fell prey to run-out by Rangpur’s English recruit Ravi Bopara.
Zakir Hasan was the only batsman of the Kings to resist the Rangpur bowlers. He remained unbeaten at the end of the innings scoring 42 off 36 balls with hitting two fours and a six.
Ryan ten Doeschate, the Dutch all-rounder, took the field for Rajshahi for the first time in the ongoing BPL and scored 14 off 10 balls.
Mashrafe and Farhad Reza took two wickets each for the Riders while Shohag Gazi and Shafiul Islam shared two wickets between them.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) — Former Sri Lanka captain all-rounder Thisara Perera on Sunday joined Comilla Victorians to play in the remaining matches of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The Victorians played three matches so far in the BPL and managed two wins. They were captained by Steve Smith who left the contest due to a nasty hand injury. Imrul Kayes, the left-handed opener, led the Victorians in their last match against Rajshahi Kings.
Thisara Perera played the last BPL back in 2017 for Rangpur Riders and helped them to clinch the title performing well in eight matches.
Thisara came to BPL after some tremendous all-round performance during Sri Lanka’s New Zealand tour. In the three ODIs in New Zealand he scored 4, 140 and 80 respectively and took two wickets.
His inclusion will surely boost the confidence of the Victorians who was upset after losing the service of Steve Smith.
Comilla will play their fourth encounter of the season against Chittagong Vikings on Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at 6:30 pm Sunday.
The Victorians will face off Sylhet Sixers and Khulna Titans in the Sylhet phase of the tournament on 15 and 18 January respectively.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - Right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed said that he is eyeing to return to the national cricket team after showing outstanding performance against Dhaka Dynamites in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Saturday.
Taskin is playing for Sylhet Sixers who have managed to clinch only one victory in three matches of the sixth season of BPL.
“I always believe that I have the capability to play for the national side. But, the last year was really unlucky for me. I was injured in most part of it, and was in bad patch in the field as well. But now, I am trying to gain my best. I will surely try to do something remarkable if selected for the national side again,” Taskin insisted after ending up with three wickets for 38 runs against Dhaka Dynamites on Saturday.
Taskin was wicketless in the first match of the season for Sylhet. He bowled four overs in the match and conceded 31 runs but failed to grab any scalp. But the right-arm fast bowler made a strong comeback in the second and third matches when he took four wickets against Chittagong Vikings and three against the Dynamites.
“It is really great that I have done well in last two matches. Every match is important and I am trying to learn from my mistakes. I am happy with my performance,” the 23-year-old pacer further said.
Waqar Younis, the former Pakistan legend, is coaching the Sixers in BPL. Taskin insisted the former speed star is helping them to bring their game to next level.
“We - the local pacers- always try to take advice from him. He instructs us to bowl unpredictably. He always motivates us and tries to make us believe we can live up to the expectation,” Taskin said about Waqar.
Taskin Ahmed last played for the national side back in March 2018 in a T20I when he conceded 40 runs in four overs taking just a wicket. He featured in an ODI back in 2017 during Bangladesh’s last South Africa tour, but failed to impress as well. The lean performances threw him out of the national set-up.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) — Defending champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Rangpur Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rajshahi Kings on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the fifth encounter of the contest.
Rangpur won two of their previous four matches, and in another two, they came up losing to Chittagong Vikings and Dhaka Dynamites. In the most recent match, they were beaten by the newcomer off-spinner Alis Al Islam who recorded a hat-trick and ended the match by taking four wickets.
On the other hand, Rajshahi Kings registered only a win in their three previous matches. The only win of them came against Khulna Titans who are yet to find a win in the ongoing BPL in spite of playing four matches so far.
Rajshahi Kings (Playing XI): Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan(c), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Hafeez, Ryan ten Doeschate, Zakir Hasan(w), Laurie Evans, Arafat Sunny, Kamrul Islam, Isuru Udana, Mustafizur Rahman
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Mithun(w), Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Nahidul Islam, Farhad Reza, Sohag Gazi, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Islam
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) — Dhaka Dynamite kept their winning streak intact as they beat Sylhet Sixers by 32 runs on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in their fourth match of the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to cement their place at the top of the point-table.
A late counter-attack by Nicholas Pooran meant nothing to Sylhet, but a delayed defeat. The West Indian recruit of the Sixers struck 72 off 47 balls with a four and nine sixes. But his explosive show went in vain as the other batsmen of Sylhet disappointed to accompany him when in need.
Along with Nicholas, Sabbir Rahman (12) and Taskin Ahmed (18) were the others two batsmen of the Sixers to reach the two-digit scores. They ended up scoring 141 for 9 in 20 overs.
Rubel Hossain, the right-arm pace bowler of the national side, took three wickets for Dhaka conceding 22 runs while Shakib Al Hasan and Shuvagata Hom took two scalps each.
The other wicket of Sylhet that fell in the match went to the rookie spinner Alis Islam who recorded a hat-trick in the previous match on Friday against the defending BPL title holder Rangpur Riders.
Earlier in the match, Dhaka Dynamites posted a challenging total of 173/7. Rony Talukdar was the highest runs getter for Dhaka as he hit 58. Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan and Naim Sheikh were the other batsman to score more than 20-run mark.
Taskin Ahmed, the right-arm pacer, bagged three wickets - Andre Russell (5), Kieron Pollard (3) and Shuvagata Hom (0) - in his third over conceding only four runs. Before the over, Dhaka were hoping for a big score staying at 123 for four.
Before Taskin Ahmed showing his glimpses on Saturday evening, Rony Talukdar was at the point of attention as he struck 58 off 34 with hitting five fours and three sixes along the way and was adjourned man of the match.
Dhaka started the innings after winning the toss with a big blow as they lost Hazratullah Zazai, who hit two fifties in the first two outings for Dhaka, having only four runs on the board.
But, Dhaka controlled well the initial damage as Sunil Narine and Rony Talukdar added 67 runs in the second wicket stand.
Narine fell for 25 runs as the second wicket. Rony and Shakib Al Hasan added 35 runs in the third wicket stand. Rony hit his fifty from 31 balls and became the second local batsman after Mehidy Hasan Miraz to hit a fifty in the ongoing BPL.
After the dismissals of Rony and Shakib, Dhaka lost three wickets in quick succession. But, in the eighth wicket stand, Nurul Hasan Shohan and Naiem Sheikh added 48 runs off 32 balls. And eventually, Dhaka posted a challenging total of 173/7 in 20 overs.
Taskin Ahmed was the best bowler for Sylhet as he bagged three wickets conceding 38 runs while Sohail Tanvir, Al Amin Hossain, Afif Hossain and Alok Kapali took one each for the Sixers.
Dhaka will face off Rajshahi Kings on 16 January at 1:30 pm in Sylhet International Stadium in their next game, and Sylhet Sixer will lock horn with Comilla Victorians on January 15 in Sylhet at 6:30pm.