Ronchi, Taskin Ahmed shine in Vikings' win

By Krunal, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer

7th Match: Rangpur Riders vs Chittagong Vikings at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Nov 08 - 2017, Cricket highlights

In the 7th Match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2017, the Chittagong Vikings registered their first victory after they defeated Rangpur Riders by 11 runs. Luke Ronchi and Taskin Ahmed were the stars with the bat and ball, respectively, for the Vikings. While the wicket-keeper batsman played a blazing knock in which he scored 78 off just 35 balls, the Bangladeshi bowler picked up 2 wickets and affected a run-out – all in one over – to derail the Riders’ chase.

After being asked to bat first by Riders’ skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Luke Ronchi provided the Vikings with a scintillating start as he single-handedly brought up the team’s fifty in just 3 overs. It was also the fastest fifty registered by a team in BPL history. In the very next over, he reached his own fifty in a mere 19 balls – the third fastest by any player in BPL.

The Riders' bowlers, however, were able to limit the damage somewhat as they came back strong in the next 3 overs and gave away just 19 runs. Ronchi was not done yet as he kept on playing his shots and thrashed Nazmul Islam – who went for 23 in his first over – for 13 runs in his second over.

It was important from Rangpur Riders’ point of view to get rid of Ronchi as soon as possible and that job was done by Ravi Bopara, who got the dangerous batsman out for 78. Dilshan Munaweera played a couple of big shots, but he couldn’t add more than 20 runs to the total, as Bopara made the Sri Lankan his second victim.

Once the Vikings lost those two wickets, the momentum completely shifted in the favour of the Riders. After scoring 112 runs in the first 10 overs, the batting side was able to score only 54 runs in the next 10. It seemed like Misbah-ul-Haq, Luis Reece and Anamul Haque were batting on a different pitch as there was only one boundary hit in the last 10 overs as compared to the 9 fours and 8 sixes that were smashed in the first 10. The credit should also be given to Mortaza and Co., who made a strong comeback and restricted the Vikings to 166.

During the chase, Rangpur Riders were off to an iffy kind of a start. They scored 21 runs off the first two overs, but at the same time lost both their openers. It was Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Mithun, who then steadied the ship by adding 36 runs for the third-wicket partnership. Just when it appeared that the Riders will finish the powerplay without losing any more wicket, Luis Reece got Mithun caught behind and brought an end to the partnership.

Even after losing three wickets, the Riders were on top as they were able to string another partnership together – this time between Bopara and Shahriar Nafees – and were sailing comfortably at the 12-over mark. They needed only 65 to get off 48 balls and with 7 wickets in hand, they were the firm favourites to win this one. But as they say, in T20 cricket, you need only one good over to change the course of the match.

For Vikings, that one good over came from Taskin Ahmed, who picked up two wickets and affected the run-out of Bopara to give the opposition a triple blow. Both the set batsmen were back in the pavilion and Rangpur Riders were now in a spot of bother.

There were decent contributions from the lower middle-order, but that wasn’t enough to take the Riders over the finishing line as they fell 12 runs short of the target. Taskin Ahmed, for his game-changing over, was given the Man of the Match award.

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