Dhaka, Jan 8 (UNB) - Defending champions Rangpur Riders opted to bowl first after winning the toss in their third match of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) against Comilla Victorians on Tuesday.
Rangpur started the new season losing to Chittagong Vikings but they bounced back in the second match against Khulna Titans.
Comilla Victorians kicked off their campaign with a stunning win of four wickets over Sylhet Sixers.
Both the teams are considered the strong contenders in this season of BPL. While Rangpur are playing under the captaincy of Masrhafe Bin Mortaza, Steve Smith is leading the Victorians.
Comilla Victorians (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes, Steven Smith (C), Mahedi Hasan, Shoaib Malik, Anamul Haque (W), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider Rony and Mohammad Shahid.
Rangpur Riders (Playing XI): Rilee Rossouw, Chris Gayle, Mehedi Maruf, Mohammad Mithun (W), Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Sohag Gazi, Nazmul Islam and Shafiul Islam.
Dhaka, Jan 8 (UNB) — Dhaka Dynamites registered their second consecutive win in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), beating Khulna Titans by 105 runs on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Dhaka posted 192 runs in the first innings, and Khulna lost nine wickets in 87 runs. Ali Khan, the USA recruit of Khulna, was unable to bat as he hurt his leg during fielding. As a result, Dhaka won the match by 105 runs.
Khulna’s reply came to an end at the 13th over after losing three wickets in the over. Shakib Al Hasan, the Dynamites captain, took three wickets and Sunil Narine grabbed two.
Junaid Siddique and Ariful Haque were the only batsmen to offer some resistance for Khulna. Junaid post 31 runs and Ariful scored 19.
Dhaka’s Afghan recruit Hazratullah Zazai continued to perform well with the bat. He hit 57 off 36 balls. Zazai and Sunil Narine added 67 runs in the opening stand for Dhaka and Rony Talukdar, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell exploited the initial platform playing some handy innings.
Narine was the first batsman to get dismissed for Dhaka adding 19 off 14 balls. He mistimed a Paul Stirling delivery that ended with a catch at mid-on by Al Khan.
Rony and Zazai added 43 runs in the second wicket stand. Rony felt for 28 off 18 balls. Mahmudllah Riyad, the captain of Khulna Titans, trapped Rony with a slow delivery. Ariful Haque took an easy catch at long-on to dismiss him.
After losing three wickets for 113, it was Shakib’s responsibility to keep his side afloat with Zazai, but both of them fell in two deliveries in succession by Paul Stirling.
Dhaka posted 147 in 15 overs. In the last five overs, they struck 45 runs.
David Wiese and Stirling took two wickets each for Khulna, while Ali Khan and Mahmudullah took one wicket each.
Dhaka will play Rangpur Riders in their next match on 11 January at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at 2pm while Khulna will take on Rajshahi Kings in their next match on 9 January at 5:20pm.
Dhaka, Jan 8 (UNB) - Hazratullah Zazai, the Afghan recruit of Dhaka Dynamites, starred again with bat as Dhaka Dynamites posted 192 on the board against Khulna Titans on Tuesday in Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL).
So far, this is the highest total of this season’s encounters.
Zazai, the 20-year-old batsman, hit his second half-century of the contest which helped the Dynamites to post a challenging total of 192 in the first innings of the match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday.
In the first match of Dhaka against Rajshahi Kings, Zazai struck 78 off 41 balls, and eventually, Dhaka won the match by 83 runs.
Zazai and Sunil Narine added 67 runs in the opening stand for Dhaka while Rony Talukdar, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell exploited the initial platform playing some handy innings.
Sunil Narine was the first batsman to get dismissed for Dhaka adding 19 off 14 balls. He mistimed a Paul Stirling delivery that ended with a catch at mid-on by Al Amin Khan.
Rony and Zazai added 43 runs in the second wicket stand. Rony felt for 28 off 18 balls. Mahmudllah Riyad, the captain of Khulna Titans, trapped Rony by a slow delivery. Ariful Haque took an easy catch at long-on to dismiss him.
After losing three wickets for 113, it was Shakib Al Hasan’s responsibility to keep Dhaka afloat with Zazai, but both of them felt in two deliveries in succession by Paul Stirling. Zazai was dismissed for 57 off 36 balls. He hit three fours and five sixes.
Dhaka posted 147 in 15 overs. In the last five overs, the struck more 45 runs losing six wickets overall.
David Wiese and Paul Stirling took two wickets each for Khulna, while Ali Khan and Mahmudullah Riyad took one wicket each.
Khulna need to score at an average of 9.65 to find their first win in the new season of BPL.
Dhaka, Jan 7 (UNB) — The West Indian explosive batsman Chris Gayle is all set to feature in the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Tuesday when his team Rangpur Riders will face Comilla Victorians. The match will commence at 5:20 pm at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The southpaw has arrived in Dhaka two days ago but a delayed NOC prevented him from taking the field. A source close to Riders confirmed to UNB that Gayle has no more barrier to play on Tuesday.
“Chris Gayle failed to play in the previous match of Rangpur Riders as his NOC arrived lately to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). So as per the BPL by-laws, he had to wait for the NOC. But now there is no problem in Gayle’s participation in the league,” the source told UNB on Monday.
Gayle featured in 11 matches for Rangpur Riders during the BPL 2017 and struck two centuries and as many half-centuries which helped the Riders to clinch the title in their inaugural participation in the league.
Riders played two matches in the ongoing league so far and won one of them. Despite the poor start to the tournament losing the first match to Chittagong Vikings, they bounced back strongly beating Khulna Titans in the second game.
They will look to continue their winning streak against Comilla Victorians though the Victorians also upbeat after starting the tournament with a comprehensive win over Sylhet Sixers.
“We hope it will be an exciting encounter against the Riders. They won their last match and we also did same. We have a balanced team, and our plan is to go ahead step by step,” Mahide Hasan, the all-rounder of Victorians, told the reporter on Monday.
Rilee Rossouw, the South African star of the Riders, played the pivotal role in the first win of Riders in the season. He struck an unbeaten 76 against Khulna Titans which set the platform of a win of Rangpur Riders and eventually, the Riders won the match by eight runs.
On the other hand, Comilla Victorians won their first match against Sylhet by four wickets. Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani superstar struck unbeaten 39 off 25 balls to ensure the win.
Dhaka, Jan 7 (UNB) - Former Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Dhaka Dynamites will seek to maintain their winning streak when they face Khulna Titans as the league will resume on Tuesday after a one-day recess at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Dynamites made a flying start outplaying Rajshahi Kings by 83 runs in their first match on the opening day on Saturday.
On the other hand, Titans are looking forward to registering their first win in the season. Dhaka Dynamites Afghan recruit Hazratullah Zazai played a superb knock that paved way for them to an ideal start to the tournament.
Relying on the 116 runs in the opening stand of Zazai and Sunil Narine, Dynamites posted a challenging total of 189 which proved to be too good for Rajshahi, which wrapped in for 106 all-out. Rubel Hossain, the national pace-star, took three wickets for Dynamites and ensured a big win for the former champions.
“We won the first match of BPL on a dominative manner which will surely help us in the next matches. Our preparations for the next match are really well. We’re confident to do better,” Shuvagata Hom, the Dynamites off-spinning all-rounder, told reporters during the practice session on Monday.
Before the Wednesday’s clash with Khulna Titans, Dhaka Dynamites suffered an injury blow as their wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan Shohan injured his head while stepping down the stairs in the team hotel. He might not be available on Wednesday.
Khulna Titans lost the first match to current BPL champions Rangpur Riders. They went close to beat the champions but fell short by eight runs while replying Riders’ 169 what they posted riding on a superb knock of unbeaten 76 by Rilee Rossouw.
Despite the defeat in the first match, Khulna captain Mahmudulla Riyad expressed optimism saying the first match will not harm their confidence.
“It would be very early to say (that the defeat in the first match could ruin the confidence). In the tournaments like BPL, every match is challenging. You can see every team of the contest is strong. So the success depends on how we react in the field. I think we need to focus on our aggressive manner. We try our best to turn the fate in the next game,” Mahmudllah Riyad said at the end of the first match.
“Our next game is against Dynamites who are really a balanced team and they won their first game as well. But we focus on our own game,” Mahmudllah added.