Saturday, 21 April 2018

Rangpur crowned BPL title taming Dhaka

Sayeed Muhammad

In their maiden appearance in the T20 tournament, Rangpur Riders clinched the title of the 5th edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) beating the defending champion Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs. Though Rangpur stumbled at the very beginning of their innings losing Johnson Charles on the second over with just 5 runs on the board, they bounced back in no time with Chris Gayle and Brandon McCullum taking the charge. Earlier on Tuesday evening, Dhaka won the toss, but opted to field first. Despite having an early breakthrough, they soon lagged behind in the match as the Caribbean and the Kiwi T20 specialists fanned a counter attack, sharing a mammoth 201-partnership on the second stand. Gayle hammered 18 sixes to score his 5th BPL hundred, also the second in a row, while McCullum contributed 51, posting a challenging target of 207 runs without losing any further wicket. In their chase, Dhaka lost their first wicket even before opening the account and were two for just a single run on the score card. The three-time champions continued to suffer with their batting debacle as their middle-order failed. Dhaka’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan and wicket-keeper batsman Jahurul Islam tried to show some resistance, but in vain. Shakib was the second highest scorer with 26 runs for his side, with Jahurul making exactly 50. A disciplined bowling from Rangpur caused Dhaka to taste their first ever defeat in any BPL final game as their innings came to an end on 149 for nine in the stipulated 20 overs. The West Indian batting hero was adjudged both the man of the match and the series.

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