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Rajshahi beat Rangpur by 8 wickets



Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Rajshahi Kings: 138 for 2 (Mominul 63*, Simmons 53)
Rangpur Riders: 134 for 5 (Bopara 54*, Reza 2-28)
Result: Rajshahi Kings won by eight wickets
Player of the Match: Mominul Haque (Rajshahi Kings)

Mominul Haque's unbeaten fifty guided Rajshahi Kings to a easy 8-wicket win over Rangpur Riders in Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

After Farhad Reza's impressive bowling limited Rangpur Riders to 134 for 5, Rajshahi Kings ran down the target with fluent fifties from openers Mominul Haque and Lendl Simmons. This was Rajshahi's first win of the season in three attempts, and Rangpur's second successive loss.

Rangpur became the first team to opt to bat first this season, but most of their batsmen struggled on a two-paced pitch. Reza struck twice in his first over and was complemented by the frugal Mehidy Hasan. After being reduced to 33 for 3 in four overs, Rangpur recovered with a measured fifty from Ravi Bopara.

But Mominul and Simmons, playing his first match of the season, added 122 runs for the opening stand and ensured the chase was a cruise. Both Simmons and Waller fell in the 16th over, before Rony Talukdar sealed the win with a pulled four in the next over.