Riders on easy ride to 1st winStaff Correspondent
The much-hyped Chittagong Kings suffered their second defeat on the trot in the Bangladesh Premier League when Rangpur Riders outclassed them by six wickets in Khulna on Tuesday.
Shamsur Rahman and Nasir Hossain anchored the maiden win for Riders, who restricted Kings to 132–5 and eased past the score to reach 135–4 with three balls to spare.
Nasir was adjudged man of the match for his unbeaten 45 off 33 balls which was added to his sparkling 49-ball 80 in the defeated cause against Dhaka Gladiators in the previous match.
After the defeat against Dhaka, despite his innings, Nasir lamented for a lack of significant contribution from top-order and it seemed that Shamsur had listened to his team-mate scoring a crucial 52 off 45 balls.
Kings had a breakthrough in the fifth ball of the first over when Jacob Oram handed Imrul Kayes a duck and pressure started building after Mahmudullah had bowled Niall O’Brien for 21.
Kevin O’Brien survived a confident lbw appeal of Enamul Haque Jr but Shaun Tait did not allow him to reap the benefits as his yorker hit O’Brien on the bottom his bat and flew to stumps bowling him out for six.
Nasir made sure that Riders did not lose their way hitting Ravi Bopara for two fours in one over which also eased pressure on run rate. Oram bowled Shamsur for his second wicket but it was too late as Riders by then nearly completed their ride.
Riders needed just three runs in the final over and they got it in the third ball when Nasir hit Oram for a four.
Kings suffered their questionable team selection as well as batting order that was beyond any explanation. They gave Meharb Hossain Jr a nod ahead of Aftab Ahmed and Marshal Auyb and more surprisingly sent Naeem Islam in the opening and Mehrab in the one-down.
Batsmen like Bopara and Oram watched from the dug out their shocking batting that saw Kings scoring 21 runs for two wickets in the first five overs despite two boundaries in the first six balls.
Jason Roy had been lbw plumb by Dimitri Mascarenhas for five before Naeem ran his partner Mehrab out for one. The right-hander later top-edged Kevin O’Brien to be spectacularly caught by Taposh Ghosh at square leg fence for seven.
Mahmudullah, dropped by Dhiman Ghosh on nine, had rescued the team from further embarrassment partnering with Brendan Taylor before he was bowled by Abdur Razzak for a-run-a-ball 34.
Taylor made the highest 65 off 51 balls for Kings but tried one shot too many times which often hampered the momentum Kings were gaining. By the time Taylor got Oram (12 off 10 balls) as his partner, Kings have only 28 balls left in their innings and Bopara got just two balls to face.
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