[ESPNcricinfo]Rajshahi Kings 138 for 2 (Mominul 63*, Simmons 53) beat Rangpur Riders 134 for 5 (Bopara 54*, Reza 2-28) by eight wickets.
After Farhad Reza‘s impressive bowling limited Rangpur Riders to 134 for 5, Rajshahi Kings ran down the target with fluent fifties from openers Mominul Haque and Lendl Simmons. This was Rajshahi’s first win of the season in three attempts, and Rangpur’s second successive loss.
Rangpur became the first team to opt to bat first this season, but most of their batsmen struggled on a two-paced pitch. Reza struck twice in his first over and was complemented by the frugal Mehidy Hasan. After being reduced to 33 for 3 in four overs, Rangpur recovered with a measured fifty from Ravi Bopara.
The action-packed over
Reza’s first over – the fourth of the innings – contained a mighty six, a dropped catch, and the wickets of Adam Lyth and Mohammad Mithun. Reza started the over with a leg-side wide, and watched Mithun charge out and lift the next ball over the long-on boundary. Reza then could have had Mithun caught behind with an outswinger, but Mushfiqur Rahim, the stand-in captain, shelled the chance, and the ball rolled away to the third-man boundary. Reza found success when he had Adam Lyth holing out to cover with his fourth legitimate ball. He followed it with the wicket of Mithun to round off an eventful over.
Bopara, too, could have been dismissed on 2 when a nip-backer from Reza shaved the outside of the off stump but the bails stayed put. Bopara then staged a slow recovery with Shahriar Nafees, adding 49 for the fourth wicket in nine overs. Nafees, who needed 26 balls to find the boundary, fell for 23 off 31 balls in the 13th over, but Bopara went onto bring up a fifty off 49 balls.
He came into his own when he hit three boundaries in the last two overs of the innings. Ziaur Rahman assisted him with an unbeaten 11 off 10 balls. In all, Ranpur took 44 off the last five overs to give their bowlers something to bowl at.
Simmons, Mominul cash in
Mominul cashed in and went onto hit his seven half-century in T20s. He reached the landmark with his third six – clean swing over the long-on boundary. Earlier in the same over, Simmons had blasted one over mid-off and helped bring up the century stand. Mominul struck four fours and the three sixes in his 44-ball 63 not out, putting Rajshahi on board.
What they said
There was a bit of miscommunication. The coach [Tom Moody] told me to field or bowl first. I heard bat first. I think we should have bowled first on this wicket.”
Rangpur Riders captain Mashrafe Mortaza