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Late surge steers Rangpur Riders to six wicket win against Rajshahi Kings

Ravi Bopara played a decisive knock for the Raiders
Ravi Bopara played a decisive knock for the Raiders

Rangpur Riders 155-4 (Mithun 46) beat
Rajshahi Kings 154-8 (Talukdar 47) by six wickets
Second game, Bangladesh Premier League, Sylhet

Ravi Bopara and Thisara Perera shared an unbeaten 42 run stand off just 21 deliveries to help Rangpur Raiders complete a 155 run chase with two wickets in hand against Rajshahi Kings in the second game of the Bangladesh Premier League in Sylhet.

Rangpur Raiders won the toss and decided to bowl first. A decision that was justified when Mominul Haque (9) was dismissed in the second over by Sohag Gazi (1-5). Rony Talukdar (47) injected some momentum into the innings as the Kings ended the powerplay with a score of 44 for one.

Just at the halfway mark, Nazmul Islam (2-20) accounted for Luke Wright (11) and between overs 11 and 13, the Kings also lost Mushfiqur Rahim (11), Samit Patel (3) and Talukdar as they were reduced to 90 for five.

A late surge by skipper Darren Sammy (29) and with support from James Franklin (26 not out), the Kings went on to post 154 for eight in their 20 overs.

In the chase, Raiders lost Johnson Charles (9) and Adam Lyth (0) early but Mohammad Mithun (46) and Shahriar Nafees (35) tried to resurrect the innings with a 75 run stand for the third wicket.

By the 12th over mark, Raiders were 84 for two, needing another 72 runs to win. Even though both the set batsmen Mithun and Nafeez were dismissed, Bopara (39 not out) and Perera (20 not out) played blistering knocks to complete the chase with six wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

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