Batsmen, Mustafizur help Rajshahi edge table-toppers Chittagong in thriller

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Match 32, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019

Chittagong Vikings vs Rajshahi Kings

Rajshahi Kings : 198/5 in 20 overs (J. Charlse 55, Jonker 37*, Evans 36: Khaled 2/32, Abu Jayed 1/24, Delport 1/35)

Chittagong Vikings : 191/8 in 20 overs (Yasir Ali 58, Shahzad 49, Sikandar 29; Mustafizur 3/28, Miraz 2/25, Rabbi 2/44)

Result : Rajshahi Kings won by 7 runs.

Player of the Match : Mustafizur Rahman (Rajshahi Kings).

A spirited Rajshahi Kings side have registered their fifth win of the season, as they beat the table-toppers Chittagong Vikings by 7 runs thanks to player of the match Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliant spell.

Put into bat first, new opening pair Soumya Sarkar and Johnson Charles added 50 runs in in 6 overs before Khaled Ahmed got rid of Soumya on 26. Charles on the other end played an key knock of 55 to set up his side for a big total. Christian Jonker then added unbeaten 37 from only 17 balls while ten Doeschate accompanied him to remain not out on 27 as the Kings finally posted a massive total of 198/5. Khaled grabbed 2 wickets for 32.

Chasing down the target, the Vikings were off to a flying start thanks to Mohammad Shahzad’s 22-ball 49-run knock. Following his departure, it was Yasir Ali who scored another fifty to guide the Vikings in the chase.

But Kings bowlers fought-back with couple of wickets in the middle overs. Sikandar Raza quickfire 29-run was denied by Mustafizur’s brilliant 20th over who gave away only 5 runs and picked up two wickets to give his side a 7-run victory. Mustafizur claimed 3 wickets for 22.