• Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
  • Last Update : 01:19 am

Afif's five-for keeps Rajshahi in hunt

  • Published at 12:07 am December 4th, 2016
Afif's five-for keeps Rajshahi in hunt
Rajshahi Kings kept themselves alive in the running for a place in the playoffs after defeating Chittagong Vikings by six wickets in their Bangladesh Premier League T20 2016-17 season match in Mirpur on Saturday. Rajshahi's young off-spinner Afif Hossain was the star of the show, picking up five wickets in his maiden BPL appearance. Chasing Chittagong's 111/9, Rajshahi comfortably chased down their target with 6.1 overs to spare. The equation for the playoffs just got a whole lot interesting as Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna Titans and Rangpur Riders all have 12 points each. Khulna and Rangpur though still have a game in hand. However, it is Chittagong who are second courtesy a better net run rate. Table-toppers Dhaka Dynamites have already sealed their place in the playoffs with 16 points. They will face Khulna in their last game while defending champions Comilla Victorians will take on Rangpur in the all-important clash on Sunday. Chasing 112, Rajshahi lost three quick wickets, that of Nurul Hasan (12), Mominul Haque (21) and Sabbir Rahman (eight) but New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin made sure his side reached the target in double quick time. The left-hander remained unbeaten on 63 off just 27 balls, featuring four sixes and five fours. [caption id="attachment_37938" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Rajshahi's James Franklin plays a shot during his unbeaten 27-ball 63 DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Earlier, the 17-year old Afif attracted all the attentions bagging 5/21 from his four overs, including a maiden, thus making himself the youngest bowler to take five wickets and also the first Bangladeshi to take five wickets in T20 cricket. Afif was struck for two consecutive fours in his first two balls by Jahurul Islam but came back strongly to dismiss the batsman leg-before wicket. The off-spinner went on to pick up the huge wicket of West Indies giant-hitter Chris Gayle and did not have to look back since then as he helped restrict Chittagong to a small total. Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik was the lone fighter for Chittagong. He was not out on 67 off 54 balls, featuring six fours and three sixes, but all the other batsmen failed to score significantly. BRIEF SCORE Rajshahi Kings 112/4 in 13.5 overs (Franklin 63*, Saqlain 2/9, Imran 2/30) beat Chittagong Vikings 111/9 (Malik 67, Afif 5/21, Williams 2/11) by six wickets   POINTS TABLE TEAMS M W L PTS Dhaka 11 8 3 16 Chittagong 12 6 6 12 Rajshahi 12 6 6 12 Rangpur 11 6 5 12 Khulna 11 6 5 12 Comilla 11 4 7 8 Barisal 12 4 8 8   SUNDAY'S MATCHES Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders, 1pm Dhaka Dynamites v Khulna Titans, 5:45pm Both games will be held at SBNS, Mirpur
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail