Ruthless Royals crush Challengers to claim top spot

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Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 41

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Rajshahi Royals vs Chattogram Challengers 

Chattogram Challengers 155/5 in 20 overs (Mahmudullah 48*, Nurul 30, Gayle 21; Malik 1/11, Abu Jayed 1/12, Afif 1/18)

Rajshahi Royals 156/2 in 17.4 overs (Liton 75, Malik 43*, Afif 32; Ziaur 1/17, Nasum 1/33)

Result : Rajshahi Royals won by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : Liton Kumar Das.

Red hot Rajshahi Royals ended the group stage with a dominating victory over Chattogram Challengers to overtake them in the points table for the top spot. Chasing Challengers 155, Royals gunned down the target with ease thanks to Liton Kumar Das’s fifty.

After put into bat first by the Royals, Challengers opener Chrirs Gayle and Junaid Siddique both got the start but both dismissed after scoring 23 respectively. After losing couple of quick wickets in the middle overs, it was skipper Mahmudullah who played an cameo knock of unbeaten 48 to help his side score past the 150 mark. Nurul Hasan also chipped in with unbeaten 17-ball 30-run. Malik, Abu Jayed, Afif, Taijul and Irfan all shared 1 wicket each.

Royals were always looked comfortable in the chase from the beginning as player of the match Liton and Afif added 88 runs in the opening stand. Afif got out by Nasum Ahmed on 32 while Liton picked up his third fifty in the tournament and scored 75 runs off 48 balls. Shoaib Malik gave the finishing touch with unbeaten 43 as Royals won the match with 14 balls remaining.