England’s Ravi Bopara and the veteran Shahriar Nafees then added 49 for the fourth wicket but the Rajshahi bowlers chipped away with a good line and length, restricting the opposition from running away with the match. Eventually, Rangpur managed to score only 134 for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Bopara was the highest scorer for Rangpur with 54 off 51 balls. Farhad took two wickets conceding 28 runs while West Indies’ Kesrick Williams, New Zealand’s James Franklin and Miraz took one apiece. BRIEF SCORE Rajshahi Kings 138/2 in 16.4 overs (Mominul 63*, Simmons 53) beat Rangpur Riders 134/5 (Bopara 54, Farhad 2/28) by eight wickets WHAT THEY SAID Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Rangpur Riders captain Batsmen took too much time to adjust in the middle. Although local players are used to this kind of wicket, they did not strike the ball well. We started the innings well. At one stage we scored 30 in the first three overs. But two wickets in the same over pegged us back. During our bowling, we dropped a catch early. If we had gotten Mominul’s [Haque] wicket early, then it could have been more competitive. And also we scored at least 15-20 runs short in the end. And also, I think I misjudged the pitch. The coach (Tom Moody) suggested me to take fielding but I took the decision of batting. So in that case I think we had a miscommunication. Mominul Haque, Rajshahi Kings opener I think I played my natural game. I think a batsman has to set a target that he should finish the game rather than scoring 40 and getting out. I tried to remain until the end while chasing. I am trying to improve this side of my batting and happy that I was unbeaten while chasing. I think fielding first helped us. Generally at the Mirpur wickets, bowlers get help in the first few overs. So it helped us and when we went to bat it became easy for batting.
The Kings did a really good job to keep the Riders under control and then the Kings' openers did the damage. The Riders fought well, but it was not their day.#RRvRK#BPLSeason5 Download links Android: https://t.co/Abt7HkcJkR iOS: https://t.co/ZUouIT1fiB pic.twitter.com/hOZMZ3baHBNovember 11, 2017