Barisal Burners v Rangpur Riders, BPL 2012-13, Khulna January 23, 2013

Rahman, Razzak seal Rangpur win

Rangpur Riders 174 for 4 (Shamsur 66, Sunny 2-21) beat Barisal Burners 167 for 8 (Hodge 58, Sabbir 69, Razzak 4-33) by 7 runs

Rangpur Riders survived sprightly knocks from Brad Hodge and Sabbir Rahman to secure a seven-run win against Barisal Burners - their second in three matches. Though the target of 175 initially looked out of their grasp, Hodge and Sabbir kept the Burners in the hunt till the last over.

Opening batsman Shamsur Rahman contributed significantly to Riders' win. He scored 66 off 40 deliveries, featuring in a 70-run stand for the first wicket with Imrul Kayes to set up the foundation for a strong total, and later took a diving catch at long-on to get rid of Sabbir, off the fourth ball of the last over of the game, when Burners needed 14 to win.

Riders' captain Abdur Razzak also proved vital to his team's cause, taking four wickets, including that of Sabbir, to deny his opponents the win.

Sabbir smacked five sixes, mostly peppering the long-on boundary, and four fours in his 35-ball 69 - his first half-century in Twenty20 cricket - to keep up with the climbing run-rate in Burners' chase. Hodge scored 58 off 38 balls, hitting three sixes and four boundaries, and added 59 for the fifth wicket with Sabbir after the Burners had slipped to 48 for 4 in the ninth over. Hodge's dismissal in the 15th over was the start of Riders' fightback.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 26, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    BPL 2 will make Bangladesh Cricket even more better and stronger. Everyone knows the old Bangladesh team lacked so much confidence but these BPL editions is changing Bangladesh Cricket for the better. Not saying a top team or anything just better on the right track something you cannot deny now like it or hate it.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Good to see few BAN youngsters are doing well for their teams.......And MESSAGE is very clear to rest of the world that whether you think; you cant take out BANGLADESH from the any CRICKETing scene by any mean.......I must congrats to BCB and our FRANCHISES for taking the brave decision (BPL 2 without any PAK players) and proven rightly that BPL 2 is already a SUPER HIT and waiting for a BLOCKBUSTER.....ROAR Tigers ROAR>>>>

  • State drive on January 23, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Where is those supporter (Pak) who is saying Bpl is not going well Bpl is now going nicely & it's looks superb as lots of star player r join here

    Aus: Brad hodge, Saimon katich, Tait, Daniel smith, Shane Harwood, Edmonson, Cameron Borgas, James Patinson, Travis Birt

    Eng: Luke wright, Owasis shah, Riki wessels, Rabi Bopara, Maskarenhas, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, kevon cooper, J.Cobb, cris riddle, Stevens , Joe denly, Phil mustard, kabir Ali, Moeen Ali,

    SL: Dilshan, Mendis, thirimanne, Lucarachchi, Dilshan Munewera, jehan Mubarak , mahruf

    Nz: Jacob Oram, Lou Vincent, WI: Fiddel adwards, Tino, A.russel, D.Smith, Narine,

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  • State drive on January 23, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Bpl is going to be rock.... Some bd players performing tremendously .... Nasir, Sakib, ash showing their ability Shamsur, Sabbir Rahman, milon r the new batting sensation Still I'm not miss any of the match to watch I am seeing Bpl is better n better than bpl-1 4 our local player

  • Nesar on January 23, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I feel something missing inside Burners as a team, otherwise a nice individual performance though. Congrats Shamsur Rahman for his MM award, LALA is awesome 4/33!

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Barbaric batting from Stirling Enjoyed it!! Ats amazing that associate countries players are getting chance to show their class!!

  • Khub on January 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Nice hitting today.....two new t20 specialist growing up

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