Vikings thrash Kings in a lopsided battle
By Krunal, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
40th Match: Rajshahi Kings vs Chittagong Vikings at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Dec 05 - 2017, Cricket highlights
In the bottom of the table clash, Chittagong Vikings put up an all-round show as they defeated Rajshahi Kings by 45 runs. Luis Reece and Sikandar Raza starred with both bat and ball in their hands as they helped their team to sign off the tournament with a win. While Reece scored an unbeaten 80 and picked up the important wicket of Samit Patel – who smashed a 26-ball 62 – Raza hammered 42 off just 20 balls and also registered a 4-wicket haul.
Mushfiqur Rahim decision to ball first didn’t prove to be a correct one as his bowlers were thrashed all over the park right from the very first over. Luke Ronchi was the aggressor between the two openers. The Vikings’ captain was off to a flying start as he scored 40 off just 23 balls in the powerplay. However, he couldn’t continue his assault after the powerplay and was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan for 42.
The wicket helped Kings to cut down the flow of runs, albeit only for a brief while. Reece and Soumya Sarkar got together and stitched a useful partnership of 39 runs to bring up the team’s 100. Sarkar, after taking his time to settle down, smashed a couple of boundaries off James Franklin, but was out in the very next over to Mehidy Hasan. These were the only two wickets that Rajshahi Kings were able to pick up.
At the end of 14 overs, Vikings had scored 110 and one expected them to at least get somewhere around 170-180. Well, guess what! They surpassed that easily as they ended up posting a massive total of 194 on the board. In other words, the pair of Reece and Raza scored 84 runs off the last 6 overs. You can just imagine the carnage that these two created as they went absolutely berserk in the slog overs.
Rajshahi Kings’ bowling was wayward as they bowled too many loose deliveries for the Vikings’ batsmen to capitalize on. Except Mehidy Hasan and Usama Mir, all the other bowlers went for more than 10 RPO. Mir’s first three overs cost only 15 overs, but he gave away 17 runs in his last over as he had to bear the brunt of Sikandar Raza.
The target for Kings was a huge one and they needed a solid start from the opening pair. That, however, didn’t happen as both, Rony Talukdar and Mominul Haque, were out for single digit scores. The Kings still managed to score 45 runs in the powerplay, courtesy of Samit Patel, who looked to hit every single ball out of the park. He was literally unstoppable as he raced away to a 22-ball fifty.
In 9 overs, Kings managed to score 85 runs, out of which 62 came off Patel’s bat. He was looking really dangerous from the Vikings’ point of view and threatened to take the match away from them. But Patel couldn’t do so as Luis Reece got rid of him on his very first ball and gave his team the much-needed breakthrough.
Once Patel was dismissed, it was a one-way traffic as the Vikings’ bowlers managed to get a stronghold on the game by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Raza, who came into the attack in the 13th over, was in action straightaway as he picked up two wickets off two balls to send Mushfiqur Rahim and Usama Mir back in the pavilion. As a result of this, the Kings had lost half of their side for just 103 runs on the board.
The next few overs saw Franklin and Zakir Hasan smashing a couple of sixes. 32 runs came off 3 overs, but they were still behind the required run-rate, which had now crept up to 15 RPO. The victory looked almost impossible from here on and in trying to play the big shots, they kept losing the wickets. Sikandar Raza, once again, picked up wickets off consecutive balls as he ended up with a 4-wicket haul. Only 14 runs came off the last 4 overs, as a result of which the Kings suffered a crushing defeat by 45 runs.
There were two strong contenders – Reece and Raza – for the Man of the Match award, but it was Reece, who walked away with the prize for his unbeaten 80 and the vital wicket of Samit Patel.