Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings were eliminated from the Bangladesh Premier League on Monday after Dhaka Dynamites beat them by six wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dynamites rallied to the Qualifier 2 of BPL which will take place on February 6 at 6:30pm. The losers of the first qualifier between Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians will be their opponent.
Batting first, Vikings posted 135 runs in 20 overs which the Dynamites chased down in 16.4 overs (136/4) in style.
Dynamites made a great start with Upul Tharanga and Sunil Narine adding 44 runs. They appeared comfortable in the wicket which slightly favours the bowlers.
Khaled Ahmed gave the Vikings some hope, bowling a maiden over and taking the wicket of Narine, who was batting at 31 off 16 balls. But Dynamites did not falter. Their second wicket stand added another 44 runs.
Khaled took another two wickets in succession in the 10th over bagging Rony Talukdar and Shakib Al Hasan. Dynamites’s score stood at 88 for the loss of three wickets.
Tharanga (51) fell prey to Nayeem Hasan. He went down the wicket and skied a catch to long-off. Dasun Shanaka took an easy one there.
In the fifth wicket stand, Nurul Hasan and Keiron Pollard added 24 runs to ensure their team’s victory. Nurul remained unbeaten on 20 and Pollard was with him scoring seven off seven balls.
Khaled took three wickets for the Vikings conceding 20 runs while Nayeem bagged one for 28.
Earlier, Dynamites bowled well to restrict their opponent to 135/8 in 20 overs. Narine took four wickets for 15 runs.
Mosaddek Hossain and Cameron Delport were the only batters for the Vikings to show some batting prowess. Vikings started their innings with an imperious effort when Yasir Ali and Delport posted 22 in three overs. But Rubel Hossain broke the opening stand.
Yasir went to drive Rubel to cover but managed an edge which was taken by wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan as a routine catch. The right-handed Yasir scored eight runs off nine balls.
Vikings were 42/1 at the end of the powerplay. They lost Delport when he cut Mahmudul Hasan to backward point and ran for a run that was never there. A fielder was straight in the line and Delport ran himself out for 36 off 27 with five fours and one six.
Vikings suffered another blow when Mushfiqur Rahim got bowled while driving Narine to the cover. He struck eight off six deliveries. After 10 overs, Vikings posted 77 for three.
Shadman Islam was the fourth man to get dismissed while clearing Narine for a boundary. It was a mistimed effort from the left-hander. Shuvagata took a regular catch to remove him for 24 off 19 deliveries.
Qazi Onik bowled superbly to remove Dasun Shanaka with a short delivery that was not high enough. Shanaka, deceived by the height, was bowled out after adding seven off 10 balls.
South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck disappointed the Vikings. He walked back to the pavilion scoring one off four deliveries. He was also dismissed by Narine.
Hardus Viljoen was Narine’s fourth victim.
Mosaddek was the only man after Delport to offer some resistance, hitting 40 off 35 balls with one six and two fours in the last over. He got run out in the fifth ball of the last over.
Rubel and Onik took one wicket each for the Dynamites.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) — Chittagong Vikings have won the toss against Dhaka Dynamites and decided to bat first as the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) finally enters to the playoffs.
Both of the contenders of the Eliminator experienced bumpy ways in their league stage. The Dynamites won five of their first six matches and the Vikin enjoyed similar kinds of success.
But during the last week of the league stage of the tournament, both of the teams found themselves in a deep hole while losing some crucial encounters in succession. But they have bounced back in the same fashion and paved their way to the Eliminator.
Vikings have won seven of their 12 league stage matches while the Dynamites managed six victories. Dynamites have equalled points with Rajshahi Kings but they are in a better position than the Kings which have helped them to ensure a place in the playoffs.
Chittagong Vikings (Playing XI): Cameron Delport, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Mosaddek Hossain, Dasun Shanaka, Hardus Viljoen, Robbie Frylinck, Nayeem Hasan, Shadman Islam, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed
Dhaka Dynamites (Playing XI): UpulTharanga, Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan(c), NurulHasan(w), Kieron Pollard, RonyTalukdar, Andre Russell, ShuvagataHom, MahmudulHasan, QaziOnik, RubelHossain
Antigua, Feb 4 (AP/UNB) — The West Indies will miss captain Jason Holder for the third and final test against England in St. Lucia after he was issued a one-match ban.
Holder was punished by the International Cricket Council for the team's slow over rate in winning the second test in Antigua on Saturday. That clinched the series 2-0, the West Indies' first against England in 10 years.
The West Indies won in Antigua by 10 wickets in three days. It won the first test in Barbados by 381 runs in four days.
Holder will be sorely missed. He's the leading run-scorer in the series, with 229 after an unbeaten 202 in the first test. The allrounder has also taken seven wickets at an average of 17.
Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite is expected to lead the West Indies in the third test starting on Saturday in St. Lucia.
Australia, Feb 4 (AP/UNB) — Australia paceman Mitchell Starc ripped through Sri Lanka's top order, taking 4-22 to leave the tourists 87-5 and facing defeat at lunch on the fourth day of the second cricket test.
Starc landed a brutal double blow late in the session, dismissing Niroshan Dickwella (27) and Kusal Perera with consecutive deliveries as Sri Lanka buckled under the weight of its 516-run victory target.
The Sri Lankans resumed Monday at 17-0 but any hope they might have had of making inroads into Australia's lead quickly evaporated when Starc bowled opener Dimuth Karunaratne (8) with the addition of just one run.
In a superb display of fast, swing bowling on a wearing pitch Starc then removed Dinesh Chandimal for 4 to leave Sri Lanka 28-2.
Chandimal was squared up by a shorter delivery which took an edge and was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at third slip. The Sri Lanka captain stood his ground thinking that the ball might not have carried, but replays supported the umpire's signal of out.
Pat Cummins added to Sri Lanka's decline by catching Lahiru Thirimanne from his own bowling. A quicker delivery reared at the batsman, who instinctively fended away the ball which took the shoulder of the bat and flew to a diving Cummins.
Starc took the wicket that all but ended Sri Lanka's chances in the 29th over when he dimissed Dickwella and Perera with his second and third deliveries. He first bowled Dickwella with a ball which appeared to shoot through low and under the batsman's shot.
Perera was caught behind by Tim Paine. He appeared to be hovering on the crease, expecting a shorter delivery and had to adjust late when the ball was full and swinging in slightly.
At lunch Sri Lanka still trailed Australia by 429 runs.
Australia declared its firts innings at 534-5, then dismissed Sri Lanka for 215 for a 319-run lead. The Australians declared the second innings at 196-3 to lead by 516 runs and to leave Sri Lanka more than two full days to save the match.
Australia won the first, day-night test at Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs.
Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) - Rangpur Riders’ English all-rounder Ravi Bopara believes they have to face a tough time in the middle while playing the first Qualifier of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Monday at 6:30pm at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium against Comilla Victorians.
The Riders took their steps to the playoffs being number one in the points table. They have acquired 16 points in the 12 league stage matches. The Victorians have also secured 16 points but they are behind the Riders who have a better run-rate.
In the two matches of the league stage they met each other, the Riders came up the winners against the Victorians. In both of the occasions, the Victorians lost by a big margin of nine wickets. Despite this huge wins, Ravi Bopara believes they have to face a challenging time in the Qualifier.
“They have some psychological advantage. They have some good and experienced players who have played in this situation before. I think that makes a difference, and we expect a very tough game tomorrow (Monday),” Bopara told reporters on Sunday while getting prepared for the first Qualifier.
But still, the English all-rounder, who is one of the regular campaigners in BPL, thinks the match is nothing more than other matches to him.
“Every game is big game. Even the group games were important too. The important thing is ‘Do the same thing every time’. Just be consistent with your preparation and you’ll get your result,” he further said.
The Riders started the new season of BPL losing five of their first six matches and they were in the fear of getting eliminated. But they bounced back in the last six matches as they won all of them on the trot.
Ravi believes they are capable of replicating the same results in the Qualifier. He thinks 150-160 runs will be enough for them to defend if they bat first. Or restricting the opponent to 120 could earn them an expected result if they have to bowl first.
Rilee Rossouw, the South African recruit of the Riders, has scored 514 runs in 13 matches to help the team qualify for the playoffs. Along with him, Alex Hales and AB de Villiers were the most run-getters for the Riders scoring 304 and 247 respectively. While they were the batting-heroes of the Riders, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Farhad Reza did the same act with the ball taking 19 and 17 wickets respectively.
In the Qualifier against the Victorians, Riders supporters can only rely on Rilee since Alex and AB will not be available in the Qualifier. While Alex went back to London due to an injury, AB left the Riders for some family reasons.
On the other hand, Victorians are keen to rewrite their victorious story. They have won the title of BPL back in 2016 but since then, they have never played any final. But now, Imrul Kayes-led team got a golden chance to rewrite the story.
The winner of the Qualifier will storm the February 8 final and the losing side will get another chance when they face the winner of the Eliminator, in which, Dhaka Dynamites will take on Chittagong Vikings at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at 1:30pm on Monday.
The Victorians have heavily relied on Tamim Iqbal (309), Evin Lewis (196) and Shamsur Rahman (176). They have scored ample of runs for them to qualify to the playoffs while Mohammad Saifuddin (17) and Shahid Afridi (16) were the best bowlers for them.