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January 29, 2013
Rangpur Riders 122 (O'Brien 24*, Harris 3-22) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 89 (Asif 19, Edwards 4-11) by 33 runs
Rangpur Riders scored their third win in the competition defeating Khulna Royal Bengals by 33 runs in a low-scoring match. The target was a meager 123, but by the 15th over, Riders' bowlers had turned the game into a one-sided affair before Fidel Edwards completed the victory.
Defending a low total, it was Edwards who gave Riders the perfect start with the wicket of Lou Vincent in the first over. The wickets of Mizanur Rahman and Riki Wessels followed soon after. Captain Shahriar Nafees laboured to a 22-ball 14 before getting caught cutting Nasir Hossain. Daniel Harris and Asif Ahmed battled for a while before both fell within 10 balls of each other to end the Royal Bengals resistance as they collapsed to the lowest total in BPL.
Edwards ended up with four wickets as he cleaned up the tail while captain Abdur Razzak took three wickets.
Riders were not always on top in the game though. Harris, Royal Bengals' part-time medium-pacer, took three wickets, a catch and hit the stumps direct to pin them down. Harris removed Danza Hyatt, Cameron Borgas and Niall O'Brien in a four-over spell that dictated the pace of the game. Kevin O'Brien top scored with an unbeaten 24 off 30 balls with just a Boundary, but Riders stumbled their way to 122.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondentFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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