de Villiers-Hales set up comprehensive victory for Riders


Match 34, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019

Rangpur Riders vs Dhaka Dynamites

Dhaka Dynamites : 186/6 in 20 overs (Talukdar 52, Pollard 37*, Narine 28; Farhad 2/32, Shahidul 1/26, Mashrafe 1/30)

Rangpur Riders : 189/2 in 18.2 overs (de Villiers 101*, Hales 85*, Russell 2/30)

Result : Rangpur Riders won by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : AB de Villiers (Rangpur Riders).

Rangpur Riders keep their winning streak in BPL 2019 as they beat Dhaka Dynamites by 8 wickets thanks to AB de Villiers’s magnificent unbeaten century. This win put the Riders on the top of the points table with 12 points from 10 matches. Dynamites on the the other end, slipped to the fourth spot after suffering third defeats in a row.

Opting to bat first, Dynamites managed to post 186 for 5 after 20 overs. Rony Talukdar anchored the innings with a 32-ball 52-run knock followed by Sunil Narine’s quickfire 28. Kieron Pollard gave the perfect finishing touch with a unbeaten 37-run knock to help Dynamites score past the 180 runs mark. Farhad Reza claimed 2 wickets for 32.

In reply, Riders had an nightmare start as Andre Russell removed Chris Gayle and Rilee Rossouw in successive deliveries in the second over for 5. Then came to the crease ‘Mr. 360’ de Villiers, who had smocked a six on the hat-trick delivery to start the counter-attack. Him alongside Hales did not gave a single chance to the Dynamites bowlers to comeback as they made an match-winning partnership of 184 off just 99 balls to power the Riders a comfortable victory with 8 wickets and 10 balls in hand. Russell bagged 2 wickets for 30 for the Dynamites.

Hales carried his fine from from the last match with another fantastic knock of unbeaten 85 in 53 balls. de Villiers was more aggressive as he scored his maiden BPL hundred in just 50 balls including 8 fours and 6 sixes. de Villiers also named the player of the match for his superb knock.