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Charles, McCullum firepower sets up Rangpur, Dhaka final

Johnson Charles came up with a man of the match performance
Johnson Charles came up with a man of the match performance

Rangpur Riders 192-3 (Charles 105no) beat
Comilla Victorians 156 (Liton 39) by 36 runs
Qualifier 2, Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka

Johnson Charles scored a blistering 105 while Brendon McCullum smashed 78 as Rangpur Riders went on to beat Comilla Victorians by 36 runs in the Qualifier 2 of the Bangladesh Premier League to set up the final with Dhaka Dynamites.

The game resumed from Sunday with Rangpur positioned 55 for one in seven overs. After a cautious first two overs that saw them score just six runs, Charles (105 not out) and McCullum (78) struck a six each to get going with the former completing his half-century.

Between overs 13 and 15, the duo slammed five more sixes to bring their 100 run stand and the former New Zealand captain looked in tremendous touch as he plundered four more maximums in the next two overs that took him well past his half-century.

McCullum fell in the penultimate over, ending his 151 run stand with Charles but the latter went on to complete his century with two boundaries in the final two deliveries of the innings to take Rangpur to 192 for three.

Comilla Bowlers had a tough outing but Hasan Ali (1-23) was their standout bowler having an economy of under six as well.

Even though Tamim Iqbal (36) and Liton Das (39) gave a promising start of 54 runs from 29 deliveries but the rest of the batting hardly contributed as they lost their momentum.

Marlon Samuels (27) found it tough going under a strike-rate of 100 and despite Jos Buttler's (26) 16-ball cameo, Comilla, who had a fantastic group stage could manage only 156 runs in the 20 overs.

Rubel Hossain (3-34) picked three wickets including two in the final over but Isuru Udana (2-24) was the impressive among Dhaka bowlers.

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