One more Thisara Perera have accomplished dainty heroics for Rangpur Riders to bring the team a vital victory against Chittagong Vikings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city. The Sri Lankan all-rounder hit the last ball of the match for an extravagant shot of six when 3 more runs were needed for the Riders to ride into the victory target. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মাশরাফি-পেরেরার ব্যাটিং তাণ্ডবে জয়ের ধারায় ফিরলো রংপুর]
The home crowd might be agitated watching Taskin Ahmed delivering a wide ball in what could be the last delivery of the innings thus facilitate the task for Rangpur Riders’ batsmen to score much needed runs.
Rangpur Riders was losing hopes watching batsmen departing one after another after a solid top order batting from skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mohammad Mithun and Chris Gayle.
Mashrafe lifted himself up in the order, constructed a vital partnership of 60 runs with opener Chris Gayle. The Riders’ captain was back in the pavilion scoring 42 runs in a handful of 17 deliveries.
Launching a pivotal attack upon the Vikings’ bowlers, Mashrafe hit 4 fours and 3 sixes. The Caribbean master hitter Gayle struck more sixes than fours in his 33 runs innings. Facing 25 balls, Gayle had a single four along with 3 shots of sixes.
After both of them were lost from the scene, it was Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Mithun who hold the Riders’ innings together. Bopara took a while to score 11 but Mithun hold the nerve to score 44 off 29 balls (4×4) before his stumps were uprooted by Reece in the nineteenth over.
After Rangpur Riders won the toss and sent Chittagong Vikings to bat first, Stiaan Van Zyl led the home team score 176 runs in their allotted 20 overs of the match.
Van Zyl’s 68 runs came from 40 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes. With equal number of fours and sixes, Soumya Sarkar built up a cameo knock of 30 runs.
Chittagong Vikings 176/7 (20 overs)
Stiaan Van Zyl 68, Soumya Sarkar 30, Najibullah Zadran 25
Nahidul Islam 1/4, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 1/24, Thisara Perera 1/35
Rangpur Riders 180/7 (20 overs)
Mohammad Mithun 44, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 42, Chris Gayle 33
Tanbir Hyder 1/14, Luis Reece 1/13, Sunzamul Islam 1/23
Result: Rangpur Riders won by 3 wickets
Toss: Rangpur Riders
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