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15 December, 2019 12:58:59 AM

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Riyad’s Ctg return to winning ways

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Riyad’s Ctg return to winning ways
Chattogram Challengers top order batsman Imrul Kayes (R ) congratulates Chadwick Walton after the latter completes his 50 against Rangpur Rangers during their Bangabandhu BPL match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Chattogram Challengers returned to winning ways on Mahmudullah Riyad’s comeback match when they edged out Rangpur Rangers by six wickets in their leg-ending fixture of the Akash-DTH Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

The Challengers, who brought in changes in playing XI unlike the Rangers, lost to Khulna Tigers by eight wickets in their second encounter after they had embarked on their BPL campaign in high feather beating Sylhet Thunder in the BPL curtain raiser on December 11.

Chattogram Challengers initiated to overhaul the target of 158 set by the Rangers in precautious manner and made a fine start as their openers-Chadwick Walton and Avishka Fernando-pulled together a useful 68 runs before Fernando’s departure.

Fernando was caught out by Mohammad Naim Sheikh off Lewis Gregory after being scored 37 off 23 featured with three big shots over the ropes and two fours. Then Walton added 41 runs with Imrul Kayes for the second-wicket stand that surpassed 100-run mark.

Mohammad Nabi removed Chadwick Walton, who remained unbeaten on 49 in their opener, put up his fifty before being caught by Rishad Hossain off Mohammad Nabi.

Captain Mahmudullah partnered Imrul Kayes and hit a 30-run partnership before giving a stunning catch to Nadif Chowdhury. Riyad made 15 off 16 balls with a maximum.

Imrul, who played a brilliant fifty-plus innings against Sylhet Thunder in the opener, tried to finish the chase with Nasir Hossain but Nasir exited cheaply after being scored a run-a-ball three having caught by Tom Abell off Lewis Gregory, who picked up the highest two wickets for the Rangers.

Later Imrul overhauled the chase with Ryan Burl with six wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare. Burl remained stranded on one. Imrul clobbered two sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 33-ball 44.

Mohammad Naim Sheikh, who recently played a brilliant 81-run knock against India on his T20 debut, was named player of the match for his best knock in BPL.

Earlier, Rangpur Rangers started well after being asked to bat through Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Naim Sheikh. Coming at 30 they lost their first wicket when Shahzad hit Kesrick Williams for boundary that went to the extra cover, where fielder Ryan Burl along with two other fielders run behind the skier that finally Burl palmed it in acrobatic style.

Shahzad made a run-a-ball nine with one-off boundary. Despite losing wicketkeeper-batsman Shahzad, Naim Sheikh launched his devastation in the same pace.  

At 58, the Rangers mislaid their second scalps when Tom Abell’s pull shot directly went to mid-off fielder Nasir Hossain off Ryan Burl, who grabbed his first wicket in BPL.

Naim slammed Ryan Burl for boundary in two successive deliveries to notch up his first BPL fifty during their 30-run partnership with Jahurul Islam Omi, who got out for six before giving catch to Muktar Ali off Mahmudullah Riyad.

West Indies pacer Kesrick Williams then removed captain Mohammad Nabi, who hammered 12-ball 21 with a six and as many four.  

Actually, young opener Naim lost his partners when he wanted to move forward for which his scoring spree abruptly reduced after his half-century because the way he started his batting could not carry on it later on. Even if he completed his half-century from 26 balls, he made the next 26 runs from 28 balls. Finally he departed with 78 off 54 balls and his free-flow innings included four shots over the fence and half a dozen boundaries.

With the exit of half-centurion, Rangpur Rangers lost another three wickets in the space of seven runs, while they were tattering at 145 for eight. Just three runs later of Naim’s dismissal, Lewis Gregory (11), Nadif Chowdhury (2) and Rishad Hossain (1) walked off to the pavilion. Of them, the latter duo was departed having unfortunate run out. Finally, Taskin Ahmed (11 not out) and Arafat Sunny (three not out) helped Rangers score 157 in 20 overs.

Pace bowler Kesrick Williams captured two wickets for Chattogram Challengers, giving away 35 runs in four-over quota.

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