Chittagong Vikings won by three wickets against Rangpur Riders on the first match of Bangladesh Premier League BPL.
Chittagong Vikings started well to the simple target of Rangpur. Though two openers Ahmed Shehzad and Cameron Delport broke up at 15 runs. Cameron gets caught to Mashafe’s delivery. Ashraful disappointed at coming back after 6 years. Scoring only three Ashraful backed to the pavilion at Shafiuls delivery.
Then Shehjad and Mushfuqur played carefully in this slow pitch in Mirpur. Scoring 27 from 23 balls Shehjad got LBW from Howells delivery. Then batsmen didn’t get comfortable on this pitch.
Sikandar Raja got run out at some misunderstanding. Mosaddek failed to catch the steer. Naeem Hasan tried came down the wicket to hit Mashrafe, but got bold. Then Captain Mushfiqu backed to the pavilion 25 runs from31 balls. Then the low-scoring match becomes contesting.
But Sanjamul and Fryling’s responsible batting reach Chittagong to the winning port.
Losing the toss Rangpur came to batting. The bowlers kept the Captain’s word. Frylink trapped Rangpur opener Alex Hells to LBW. Then Mohammad Mithun got bold to Frylinks ball at the second ball of his inning. Rangpur lost their fifth wicket within 25 runs.
Then Ravi Bopara and Shohag Gaji tried to score dependable score. This Partnership brought 49 runs. Shohag got 21 runs and Bopara had 44 from 47 balls.
As the tradition of BPL, the defenders lost their first match. So hope Rangpur will come back to the game soon. On the other hand, Chittagong had their maximum dedication in this season.
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