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Top order clinch vital win for Rangpur

  • Published at 07:28 pm January 22nd, 2019
Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle plays a shot in the BPL in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Rangpur’s top order clicked during the chase as Alex Hales (55 off 29 balls), AB de Villiers (41 off 25 balls) and Chris Gayle (55 off 40) scored significantly to seal the win

Rangpur Riders chased down a challenging 182-run target to defeat Khulna Titans during their BPL 6 match at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium on Tuesday.

Rangpur’s top order clicked during the chase as Alex Hales (55 off 29 balls), AB de Villiers (41 off 25 balls) and Chris Gayle (55 off 40) scored significantly to seal the win.

Six runs were needed in the last over and in-form Rilee Rossouw hit the winning six in the third ball of the over to reach the target.

Earlier, Khulna scored 181 for six in their 20 overs riding on Nazmul Hossian Shanto’s 48 and an attacking innings from David Wiese (35 off 15 balls). Brendon Taylor scored 32 while captain Mahmudullah made 29.

Farhad Reza took four wickets and was adjudged man-of-the-match.   

Key moments 

Shanto gets some runs, finally

Khulna batsman Nazmul Hossin Shanto finally got some runs under his belt as he scored 48 off 35 balls with two fours and three sixes. Shanto, who was retained by the Titans this season, was struggling with the bat as he scored 1, 13, 6, 11, and 1 in his last five innings.

Farhad Reza gets two in two to halt Khulna

Experienced Farhad Reza bowled well against Khulna as he took four wickets in his four overs conceding 32 runs. Reza first took the wicket of in-form opener Junaid Siddique in the fourth over. Khulna batted well in the middle part and were cruising towards a possible 200-run mark. The score was 134 for three after 15 overs with well-set Mahmudullah and Shanto batting. But Reza got them out in back to back deliveries in 16th over to halt Khulna’s charge towards a big total. Khulna eventually scored 181 but could have scored 15-20 runs more if those two set batsman stayed till the end. It was a good bowling effort from Reza.  

Hales’ breezy fifty

Chasing 182, opener Alex Hales made a quick fire innings and picked up his first fifty of the season off twenty six balls. The right-hander scored 55 off 29 balls eventually with eight fours and three sixes before being bowled by spinner Yasir Shah in the eighth over. Rangpur made 58 runs in their first power play and surprisingly Gayle scored only 4 runs among them off 10 balls while Hales scored 54 off 26. It was an unusual scene for Gayle to not be the aggressor while batting and his partner doing the big hitting. Hales’ innings set the tempo of the Rangpur chase and they chased the runs pretty comfortably in the end.

De Villiers joins the party

AB de Villiers, the South African batsman played some delightful shots after coming to the crease at number three. De Villiers’ aggressive batting during the run chase kept the scoreboard ticking just the way Hales did.  The right-hander scored 41 off 21 balls with three fours and four sixes. He was trapped in front against Mahmudullah and his entertaining innings ended in thirteenth over.  Interestingly, Gayle once again provided a supporting role while AB was scoring freely. It was a trademark T20 innings in the end from Mr. 360 during his first outing in the BPL and for the Rangpur Riders.

What this result means

Khulna are at the bottom of the points table with just two points and they will face Sylhet Sixers on Wednesday. Rangpur have now won four matches and acquired eight points and they will face Chittagong Vikings on Friday.

Khulna Titans INNINGS                                  R             B

Al-Amin c Mithun b Mashrafe                         4              6

Junaid c Rossouw b Farhad                          13           12

Taylor c Nahidul b Gayle                                 32           20

Najmul c & b Farhad                                        48           35

Mahmudullah c Nazmul b Farhad                 29           20

D Wiese not out                                                35           15

Ariful c Hales b Farhad                                    6              10

Yasir Shah not out                                             5              2

Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 7) 9

TOTAL (6 Wickets,20 Overs) 181

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Al-Amin, 0.6 ov), 2-29 (Junaid Siddique, 3.6 ov), 3-78 (BRM Taylor, 9.1 ov), 4-134 (Mahmudullah, 15.2 ov), 5-134 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 15.3 ov), 6-152 (Ariful Haque, 18.2 ov)


Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-17-1, Sohag Gazi 2-0-30-0, Farhad Reza 4-0-32-4, Shafiul Islam 4-0-40-0, Nazmul Islam 4-0-37-0, CH Gayle 2-0-23-1

Rangpur Riders INNINGS                              R             B

Gayle c Wiese b Junaid                                  55           40

Hales b Yasir                                                    55           29

AB de Villiers lbw b Mahmudullah                41           25

Mithun st Taylor b Yasir                                 15           19

Rossouw not out                                             10           3

Nahidul Islam not out                                     1              1

Extras (w 6) 6

TOTAL (4 Wickets, 19.3 Overs) 183

Fall of wickets: 1-78 (AD Hales, 7.4 ov), 2-121 (AB de Villiers, 12.2 ov), 3-171 (CH Gayle, 18.4 ov), 4-176 (Mohammad Mithun, 19.1 ov)                


Subashis Roy 4-0-30-0, Junaid Khan 4-0-37-1, D Wiese 4-0-31-0, Taijul Islam 1-0-10-0, Yasir Shah  3.3-0-47-2, Mahmudullah 3-0-28-1

Rangpur Riders won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)             

MoM: Farhad Reza (RR)                                                

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