The Rangpur Riders beat the Chittagong Vikings by 9 wickets. Here is the scorecard and full commentary.
In his BPL debut, Mohammed Shahzad hit a ferocious 80 of 52 balls to get the Riders their first win at Shere Bangla. It contained 11 fours and 3 sixes. Although this was a match turning performance the main display came earlier in the day when the Riders bowled out the Vikings in the last over 124.
Soumya Sarkar set the tone of the run chase by sitting a six and a four by a upper cut and square to Tymal Mills. Shahzad showed his class with elegant drives and cuts of DR Smith’s medium pace. The openers set up the chase with 43 for 0 in the powerplay. Mills made the mistake of dropping a sitter and falling backwards of Shahzad on 18 which in the end was costly. Shahzad went over the top for the first time on Nabi over over long-on before slapping Taskin Ahmed through the covers for his seventh boundary.
Mills dismissed Soumya with a short one outside of which he edged trying to run it down but the celebrations were dismal as the damage had already been done. He contributed 23 to the opening partnership of 77, in which Shahzad stole the show.
Shahzad reached his fifty with a heave to the onside of 41 balls. His slog over midwicket off Taskin was arguably his most memorable shot of the innings. He sit another six and four through the same region in the same over. He fittingly hit the winning runs by a miscued helicopter shot through midwicket.
Earlier in the day, the Vikings were bamboozled by the spin of Sohag Gazi and fell to 21 for 2. A 48 run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Amanul Haque re-secured the innings but when Amanul was run out for the second time in the tournament by a rocket from Liam Dawson, the Riders did not let go of their strong position and the Vikings stumbled to 124.
Arafat Sunny sent Malik and Jahurul Islam back to the pavilion while Mohammed Nabi was caught by Shahid Afridi at cover. Zakir Hasan’s attempted scoop was caught at short fine leg and Richard Gleeson got two scalps in the last over to finish the Viking’s innings.
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