Zakir stars as Rajshahi Kings back in winning streak in BPL
Published : 17 Nov 2017, 19:02:55
Rajshahi Kings returned to the winning streak in the 17th match of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Sylhet Sixers at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.
With this day's win, Rajshahi Kings secured four points from five matches while Sylhet Sixers remained at their previous credit of seven points from seven outings.
The two Rajshahi openers-- Mominul Haque (42) and Rony Talukder (24)-- gave a solid start contributing 65-run for the opening stand to chase the winning target of 147-run set by Sylhet.
Rajshahi Kings eventually reached home making 150 with seven wickets in hand.
Nasir Hossain broke the partnership removing opener Rony who was caught behind by wicket keeper Nurul Hasan.
Mominul was looked fine with bat hitting the ball all square of the park but he perished to Abul Hasan in the 12th over.
The diminutive batsman Mominul smacked five boundaries and one over boundary during his 36-ball stay on the crease.
Later, promising batsman Zakir Hossain (51 n.o) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25 n.o) contributed an inseparable 53-run fourth wicket stand steered Rajshahi at home at ease with 15 balls to spare.
Debutant left handed batsman Zakir played a hurricane 26-ball off 51, an innings, that contained four boundaries and three over boundaries while Mushfiq supported him with 20-ball off 25 that studded with three boundaries.
Abul Hasan, Nasir Hossain and Nabil Samad shared one wicket each giving away 17, 20 and 27 runs respectively.
Zakir Hossain of Rajshahi Kings was named the player of the match for his impressive batting performance.
Earlier, late blaze by Sabbir Rahman helped Sylhet Sixers to a post a modest total of 146 for 6 from their allotted 20 overs, after they were forced to bat first by Rajshahi Kings.
The 25-year right handed batsman Sabbir hit one four and four sixes in his 26-ball 41 and during the process he shared an important 69-run sixth wicket stand with Tim Bresnan as Sylhet finished on a high after a slow start.
Bresnan remained unbeaten 17-ball 29, an innings that studded with four fours and one six.
Nasir Hossain led Sylhet Sixers got off to a shaky start as they lost Andre Fletcher for a duck off the bowling of Mohammed Sami in the very first over.
Sri Lankan inform left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga (10), who has been in fine form in the beginning of the tournament lasted a little by a well flighted delivery from Mehedi Hasan in the fourth over.
Another Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka offered some resistance putting the pressure back on the Rajshahi Kings bowlers when he hit Sami for back to back boundaries in the fifth over.
Wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan's scalp was taken by Kesrick Williams as Sylhet were three down for 42 runs after the ninth over.
Skipper Nasir failed to take the responsibility as he tried to hit Samit Patel across the line but was bowled out for just nine. Gunathilaka fell to James Franklin in the 14th over after his innings of 37-ball 40 that studded with four boundaries and two over boundaries.
West Indies recruit Williams claimed two wickets for Rajshahi giving away 32 in his four overs but it was Mehedi Hasan, who was brilliant during his spell and only conceded 12 runs in his four overs.-BSS