Rangpur Riders is a star-studded team in this year’s BPL. However, Shakib’s team lost to Fortune Barisal in the first match. After that, Rangpur got their first win by joining Babar Azam Riders of Pakistan in the second match. However, the poster boy of Bangladesh cricket Shakib Al Hasan could not witness Rangpur’s victory that day as he went to Singapore to get eye treatment after playing the first match.
After flying from Singapore, Shakib entered the field for Rangpur against Khulna Tigers in their third match in the Sylhet phase. As Shakib joined Babar, Rangpur came down with all the strength today. But Rangpur lost again today against Khulna.
Rangpur could not stand to chase the target of 161 runs given by Khulna. Riders stopped at only 132 runs in controlled bowling by Khulna bowlers. Khulna won by 28 runs, Afif-victors are at the top of the points list after winning three consecutive matches.
Rangpur chased down the target and lost opener Babar Azam in the second over of the innings. Khulna was bowled LBW by Pakistani bowler Mohammad Wasim (2 runs from 8 balls), although Rangpur might be unhappy with the dismissal. Babar took a review after the umpire gave out the ball heading towards leg stump, as replays later showed that the ball had somehow touched leg stump. As a result, the umpires called Babar out!
Riders were under pressure after losing the Pakistani star at the start. Shakib Al Hasan could not do justice to their name in the controlled bowling of Khulna bowlers.
In the 11th over of the innings, Rangpur lost 4 wickets for 61 runs. One of the two biggest names in the Raiders, Shakib Al Hasan, came out to bat at number eight on the day of the team’s disaster. Shakib, who gave only 21 runs in 4 overs with the ball in hand, was completely faded in batting. He was a victim of Dasun Shanaka, scoring only 2 runs off 4 balls.
After the fall of 7 wickets for 80 runs, Mohammad Nabi and Sheikh Mehdi put in the last effort for Rangpur. But could not. Shanaka took 4 wickets for Khulna.
Earlier, Rangpur won the toss in Sylhet and sent Khulna Tigers to bat. Khulna lost four top-order batsmen in the first ten overs and came under pressure. But that pressure was handled by two foreigners – Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka and Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz. In the end, Khulna Tigers scored 160 runs after losing 6 wickets in 20 overs determined by Nawaz’s fifty.