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Taskin, Ronchi complete Ctg turnaround



Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2017, Nov 8
Chittagong Vikings: 166/4 in 20 overs (Ronchi 78, Misbah 31*, Munaweera 20; Bopara 2/14, T. Perera 1/16, Mashrafe 1/28)
Rangpur Riders: 155/8 in 20 overs (Bopara 38, Shahriar 26, Mithun 21; Taskin 3/31, Reece 2/26, Sanzamul 1/21)
Result: Chittagong Vikings won by 11 runs
Player of the Match: Taskin Ahmed (Chittagong Vikings)
Toss: Rangpur won the toss & elected to field first

Chittagong Vikings shrugged off their previous match defeat as they bounced back to register an 11-run victory over Rangpur Riders in the seventh match of Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 held on Wednesday (Nov 8) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. 

Chasing a winning target off 167 set by Chittagong, Rangpur were fall short as they were restricted at 155 for 8 in 20 overs. English batsman Ravi Bopara top scored with 38 runs off 32 and shared an important 49 runs fourth wicket stand with Shahriar Nafees (26 off 23), before Taskin brought a massive blow on Rangpur innings picking up three wickets in the same overs.

He first sent back to Nafees in 12.4 overs and got the wicket of Samiullah Shenwari for duck in the next ball and completed his three wicket haul taking the wicket of Bopara in 13 overs, leaving Rangpur in a deep trouble.

After the departure of two set batsmen, Rangpur could not come back in the match. M Mithiun (23) and Mashrafe Mortaza (13) were the other notable scorers for Rangpur.

Taskin was the pick of Chittagong bowlers as he grabbed three wickets conceding 31 runs. He was well supported by Luis Reece who took two wickets giving away 26 runs.

Earlier, a blistering batting display by opener Luke Ronchi steered Chittagong to post a competitive total of 166 for 4 in 20 overs, after they were forced to bat by Mash's Rangpur.

The New Zealand opener started the innings with blaze as he hit Mashrafe for two sixes in the very first over and in the next over he proceeded to hit Sohag Gazi hitting three more boundaries. He was too aggressive to left-arm off spinner Nazmul Hasan as he hammered three sixes and a four in the third over of the innings.

Ronchi's breezy innings helped Chittagong to reach 63 runs in just five overs, despite another opener Soumya Sarkar (7) was removed by Mash. The 36-year-old right handed batsman Ronchi kept hitting the ball all over the park before he perished to Bopara in the ninth over after a 35-ball 78 that studded with seven towering sixes and seven fours.

Chittagong were scoring at 11.11 runs per over and had notched up 99 runs before Ronchi fell but after his departure, Rangpur were able to pull down the Chittagong's scoring rate. 

Bopara then sent back to Dilshan Munaweera (20) in the 11th over. Misbah-ul-Haq contributed 31 off 32. Lasith Malinga, Mashrafe and Bopara's death overs bowling restricted Vikings to a total of 166.