Chittagong v Rangpur, BPL 2012-13, Khulna January 22, 2013

Shamsur Rahman, Nasir Hossain lead Rangpur to victory

Rangpur Riders 135 for 4 (Shamsur 52, Nasir 45) beat Chittagong Kings 132 for 5 (Taylor 65, O'Brien 1-18) by six wickets
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Shamsur Rahman's 52 off 45 balls helped Rangpur Riders register their first win in this year's Bangladesh Premier League, as they beat Chittagong Kings by six wickets in Khulna on Tuesday. Set 133 to chase, Rangpur overcame some early stutters as Rahman and, later, Nasir Hossain made significant contributions to the innings.

Credit for Rangpur's win should also go to the bowlers who put in a disciplined effort to restrict Chittagong to 135 for 5. By the time the Powerplay overs were bowled, Chittagong had lost three wickets for just 21 runs - a poor start after they chose to bat first.

Fidel Edwards and Dimitri Mascarenhas, Rangpur's newest arrivals, bowled accurately, forcing the Chittagong batsmen to play too many shots. A great catch by Taposh Ghosh also helped matters. Ghosh ran from deep-square leg to fine leg and dived forward to catch Naeem Islam, who mistimed a hook shot off Kevin O'Brien.

Chittagong captain Mahmudullah and Brendan Taylor added 73 runs for the fourth wicket but their progress was slow by T20 standards. Taylor made 65 off 51 balls with seven fours and a couple of fine sixes straight down the ground. The big-hitters, Jacob Oram and Ravi Bopara, failed to provide a final flourish.

Edwards, Mascarenhas, Kevin O'Brien and Rangpur captain Abdur Razzak took a wicket each but, more importantly, the experienced bowlers kept the runs in check.

Shamsur Rahman, a talented but inconsistent batsman, played sensibly after losing his opening partner Imrul Kayes for a duck in the first over. The O'Brien brothers didn't contribute much to the innings: Kevin O'Brien was cleaned up by Shaun Tait's pace, while Niall fell to Mahmudullah's offspin.

Nasir Hossain and Shamsur were relentless against the spinners as they added 68 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Rangpur to the brink of victory. Nasir was unbeaten on 45 runs off 33 balls, which included five fours and a straight six off Tait.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Rakibul on January 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Nasir is a great player. He shown his talent and courageous attitude which is very important as a bangladeshi player. this need to follow all young star. If BCB can explore out more few players like him Bangladesh is going to be a very strong side earliest.

  • nayeem on January 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    nasir is a great talent. RR rocks

  • Nesar on January 22, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I think It's another poor decision from Duronto Rajshahi captain to bring Coventry high in the batting order. He scored just 16 out of 24 balls at a strike rate of 66.66, which is way low even for ODI. The game of chasing 156 is over at that point, no matter how hard Simon katich and Ziaur Rahman played at the end

  • Sami on January 22, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I prefer to see Fidel in the next few games so our batsman especially the young inexperience ones get an idea on how to play extreme pace and take some confidence from it.

  • Khub on January 22, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Good 2 see Fidle edwards, simon katich, luke wright join

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Want to see more quality cricket.. t20 is all about entertainment. lots of runs, chasing big score, four and sixes can bring quality crowd at stadiums. Disappointing for some of batting of local players. Batting like one day or test match.

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