Rangpur Riders defeated Rajshahi Kings in 9th match of ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. Batting first, Rajshahi Kings set up a score of 134 runs in 20 overs. Chasing the target of 135 runs successfully, Riders beat the opponents by 8 wickets and improved its rank in BPL points table. Mominul Haque received ‘Player of the Match’ award for his excellent batting performance in the game.
Rangpur Riders won the toss and decided to bat first. Opener batsmen Johnson Charles and Adam Lyth could not give a better start to the inning as they lost their wickets in early phase of the game. Charles scored 2 runs in 3 balls and lost his wicket in the over. Mohammad Mithun replaced him as the next batsman.
Mithun hit 1 six and 2 fours to score 18 runs in 15 balls. Meanwhile, Adam Lyth returned to pavilion scoring 4 runs in 5 balls. After the fall of his wicket, English cricketer Ravi Bopara accompanied Mithun and played vital role in cementing a strong base for the team’s overall score. Mithun lost his wicket in fourth over.
Shahriar Nafees came to bat next after Mithun’s dismissal. Hitting 2 fours, Nafees scored 23 runs in 31 balls. Bopara was strong at the other end of strike. He scored 54 runs in 51 balls. The right handed English cricketer smashed 3 fours and 2 sixes and completed his half century.
Followed by Ziaur Rahman, who scored 11 runs in 10 balls and remained not out till the end of inning, Thisara Parera couldn’t add maximum runs with his individual performance. The left arm all-rounder Sri Lankan cricketer managed to score 4 runs in 6 balls. Rangpur Riders scored 134 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 5 wickets.
Farhad Raza picked up 2 wickets while Mehidy Hasan, Kesrick Williams and James Franklin took one wicket each. Nihaduzzaman and Mohammad Sami went wicketless in the game. Rajshahi Kings started the run-chase with a stormy opening. Caribbean cricketer Lendl Simmons and Mominul Haque played crucial knocks to bring victory for their team.
Hitting 4 fours and 1 six, the right handed West Indian cricketer scored 53 runs in 50 balls. After he lost his wicket in 16th over of the inning, Malcolm Waller came to bat next. Waller was bowled out by Sri Lankan pacer Parera in the same over. Waller scored 4 runs in 2 balls.
Rony Talukdar replaced Waller as the next batsman and scored 10 runs in 4 balls. Mominul Haque remained not out till the end of inning and scored 63 runs in 44 balls. The Bangladeshi cricketer smashed 4 fours and 3 sixes while scoring those runs. Except Thisara Parera, no bowler in Rajshahi Kings team managed to pick up wickets in this match.