A few days ago, Rangpur Riders took some time to announce the name of the captain. The franchise has players like Shakib Al Hasan. Naturally, everyone assumed that the left-handed all-rounder would shoulder the burden of leading the North Bengal franchise. But Shakib did not take responsibility for the team because he did not want to take extra pressure. However, on the second day of the BPL, Shakib’s bat did not smile in their first match. Khaled Ahmed’s ball was directly bowled and returned to the pavilion with only 2 runs.
Like Shakib, Rangpur Riders could not match themselves against Fortune Barisal. Losing the toss and batting first, Rangpur Riders capital of 134 runs after losing 9 wickets at the end of scheduled 20 overs. But the cricketers of the franchise were practicing in their own field of BPL. The way the team’s players and various officials were talking in various interviews, it was seen little in the first match.
Mirpur’s Eastern Gallery was half full at the start of the game. Spectators are still entering the field. Some still haven’t found their seats properly. In the meantime, Fortune Barisal was excited from the start of the match. Captain Tamim Iqbal gave the ball to Pakistani pacer Mohammad Imran in the first over of the match against Rangpur. He fully repaid the captain’s trust with the very first ball. Rangpur’s opener Brendan King was defeated by a great delivery.
Rangpur Riders lost a wicket before opening the run book and lost a bit of disorientation. In the next over of Khaled Ahmed, another opener Rony Talukder (5 runs from 7 balls) sent off the danger level of the franchise. However, the supporters of the team may have had some hope because Shakib Al Hasan was at the other end of the wicket. But to their disappointment, Shakib returned to the dressing room in that over.
Captain Nurul Hasan Sohan took the lead of Rangpur Riders who lost three top order batsmen in just 15 runs. But on the other hand, he could not find a suitable partner. Riders lost their fourth wicket for 31 runs in the fifth over of the innings.
Sohan scored 34 runs with Shamim Patwari in the fifth wicket partnership. Sohan, who scored 23 runs off 23 balls, was dismissed by Shoaib Malik’s great delivery in the last ball of the tenth over. After that, Mohammad Nabi also came to the wicket (10 runs from 12 balls) and could not settle down. Shamim also bowled out with 34 runs off 33 balls with easy batting. Mehidi Hasan scored a little run at the end. By his 29 balls from 19 balls, the riders lost 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs and got capital of 134 runs.
On the other hand, Khaled was excellent with the ball. He got 4 wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs. Mehdi Hasan Miraj got two wickets. Imran, Shoaib Malik and Dunith Wallage got one wicket each.