SYLHET, Jan 27, 2023 (BSS)-Fast bowlers Hasan Mahmud and Azmatullah Omarzai
shared six wickets as Rangpur Riders romped to a six-wicket win over
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) table topper Sylhet Strikers at Sylhet
International Cricket Stadium today.
Playing their first match at their home venue, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's side
was restricted to 92-9, a total that Rangpur overhauled comfortably with 93-4
in 15.4 overs.
Things looked ominous for Sylhet after they were slumped to 18-7, raising a
prospect to be bowled out for BPL lowest, which is 44 by Khulna Titans in
Mashrafe and youngster Tanzim Hasan Sakib combined for a 48-run for the
eighth wicket to save them from ultimate blushes.
Tanzim Sakib made team-high 41 off 36 with five fours and two sixes while
Mashrafe's run-a-ball-21 was studded with two sixes. No other batters however
could reach double digit mark.
Offspinner Mahedi Hasan snapped up 2-12 o complement Afghan recruit Omarzai
(3-17) and Hasan Mahmud (3-12). Omarzai drew the blood first, removing Tom
Moores for 2 and then got the prized scalp of Towhid Hridoy, trapping him
leg-before for duck.
Mahedi got into act with the wicket of Najmul Hossain Shanto (9) and Zakir
Hasan 0) to rattle the top-order of Sylhet. However the thing got worsened
when Hasan Mahmud ripped through their middle order, making Rangpur clearly
favourite to win the game.
Sakib and Mashrafe's partnership helped the side at least go close to 100
runs mark but Sylhet knew it won't be enough to defend.
Rangpur get a moderate start through Naim Sheikh and Rony Talukdar who shared
27 runs before pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja broke through with the wicket of
former who made 18.
Rony however remained unbeaten on 41 and left the ground after helping side
win the game. He hit two fours and as many sixes in his 38-ball-knock.
While Rony remained undeterred in one end, Sylhet captain Mashrafe sparked a
mini collapse, taking out Mahedi Hasan (8) and Shoaib Malik in consecutive
deliveries. But Mohammad Nawaz accompanied Rony with 18 not out as Rangpur
earned their fourth victory and placed them in fourth spot in the point table
without further trouble.
Sylhet still are in the top of the table with 12 points from eight matches
despite conceding their only second defeat in the tournament.