Gregory powers Rangpur to first victory in BBPL 2019

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Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 16

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Chattogram Challengers vs Rangpur Rangers

Chattogram Challangers : 163/7 in 20 overs (Avishka 72, Nurul 20, Plunkett 17*; Mustafizur 2/23, Gregory 2/27, Sanjit 1/25)

Rangpur Rangers : 167/4 in 18.4 overs (Gregory 76*, Fazle 38*, Abell 24; Rubel 2/37, Mehedi Hasan 1/16, Plunkett 1/46)

Result : Rangpur Rangers won by 6 wickets.

Player of the Match : Lewis Gregory.

Rangpur Rangers finally opened their account in the Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 in their fifth match with a comfortable 6-wicket victory over the table topper Chattogram Challengers. All-rounder Lewis Gregory shone with both bat and ball to give his side their first win in the tournament.

Rangpur Rangers made their captaincy change ahead of the match as they named English recruit Tom Abell their new captain in place of Mohammad Nabi. Abell opted to field first after winning the toss and Mustafizur Rahman gave him the perfect feedback by removing Lendl Simmons on the very first over for a duck.

Since then it was Avishka Fernando show on one end as the other batsmen found it difficult to score runs. Ferndando was bowled by Sanjit Saha after scoring a fantastic knock of 70 off 40 balls. Nurul Hasan and Liam Plunkett chipped in with 20 and unbeaten 17 respectively in the end as the Challengers posted 163 for 7. Mustafizur and Gregoy shared 2 wickets each.

Rangpur too had a poor start as they lost both openers for only 19 runs on the board. Skipper Abell too then dismissed on 24. But Gregory continued his fine touch with the ball with bat as well as he played an match-winning 37-ball 76-run knock.

Fazle Rabbi was the other unbeaten batsman on 38 who added 91 runs with player of the match Gregory in the 5th wicket to seal the match with 8 balls remaining. Rubel Hossain picked up 2 wickets for 37 for Chattogram.