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Ronchi, Taskin steer Chittagong Vikings to 11-run victory

Luke Ronchi scored a quick 78
Luke Ronchi scored a quick 78

Chittagong Vikings 166-4 (Ronchi 78) beat
Rangpur Riders 155-8 (Taskin 3-31) by 11 runs
Seventh game, Bangladesh Premier League, Sylhet

Luke Ronchi scored a blistering 78 while Taskin Ahmed picked a three wicket haul as Chittagong Vikings sealed a 11 run victory over Rangpur Riders in the seventh game of the Bangladesh Premier League in Sylhet.

The Riders won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ronchi (78) started the innings with a bang hitting two sixes in the first two overs and followed it with three more maximums and four boundaries in the next two overs to take Chittagong to 50 for naught in three overs.

He reached his fifty off 19 deliveries - third fastest in the history of the tournament and Chittagong ended the powerplay strong with a score of 69 for one. The onslaught from Ronchi continued as things looked ominous for Rangpur Raiders before Ravi Bopara (2-14) ended his 35-ball majestic innings.

Bopara continued his impressive spell and also accounted for Dilshan Munaweera (20) following which they lost momentum and the run-rate dipped considerably.

Despite handy knocks from Misbah ul Haq (31 not out) and Anamul Haque (17 not out), Chittagong Vikings managed only 166 for four in the 20 overs.

In response, Rangpur Riders lost both the openers Johnson Charles (1) and Ziaur Rahman (11) inside the first two overs following which Mohammad Mithun (23), Bopara (38) and Shahriar Nafees (23) tried to resurrect the innings.

Taskin (3-31) triggered the collapse in the innings when he effected a run out to dismiss Bopara and also snared Nafeez, Samiullah Shenwari (0) and Thisara Perera (11) following which they hardly recovered and fell 12 runs short of the target.

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