Chittagong Kings v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, Mirpur February 16, 2013

Taskin keeps Kings' final hopes alive


Chittagong Kings 108 for 6 (Bopara 34*) beat Duronto Rajshahi 107 for 7 (Taskin 4-31) by four wickets
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Taskin Ahmed's four wickets spurred Chittagong Kings to a victory that led them into the second semifinal against Sylhet Royals on Sunday. The four-wicket win over Duronto Rajshahi, however, didn't come easy as they struggled during a modest chase.

Ravi Bopara and Jacob Oram soothed nerves after the Kings had slipped to 87 for 6 in the 15th over, and achieved the target in the 18th. Bopara made an unbeaten 34 off 30 balls with three boundaries, and more than the runs it was his calming influence that mattered most as wickets fell at the other end.

The Kings had got off to a good start after Jason Roy and Nurul Hasan added 43 runs for the first wicket. However, Naeem Islam jnr's two wickets and some excellent fielding from Rajshahi gave them an outside chance despite their struggle with the bat earlier.

Taskin, the Under-19 quick who bowls at a brisk pace, had rocked the Rajshahi top-order. He took three wickets in four balls after being initially attacked by Charles Coventry. He removed the Zimbabwean opener, but that was more due to the batsman's lack of footwork as he dragged a wide ball on to the stumps. Simon Katich cut one right down third-man's throat a ball later, before Taskin had Jahurul Islam also dragging the ball onto the stumps.

Rajshahi soon slumped to 55 for 6 before Mukhtar Ali and Sean Ervine added 43 for the seventh wicket to take them towards 100-run mark. Ervine remained unbeaten on 47, but it was a struggle for Rajshahi. Taskin ended with 4 for 31 from his three overs, after he took the wicket of Mukhtar. The Kings captain Mahmudullah also took two wickets while Oram picked up 1 for 18 in four overs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • nathaniel on February 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Taskin Ahmed and Nazmul Hossain MILON are huge prospect for Bangladesh (one in balling , the other in batting). Hope they dont get wasted like alok kapali the brilliant player was wasted in past . Also, there should be pitches in bangladesh like australian pitches , otherwise bd would not perform well in foreign countries. Right now I think bd have similar type of pitches.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    He is consistantly performing from under 19 team. True strike bowler with good turn. Wishing him a good luck.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on February 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    He can be the future of Bangladesh, a very potential tall and pacey cricketer and he is only 17 years, still in school. But i am bit worried about the future and upcoming cricketers of Bangladesh, why are they so rude and angry after getting wickets ??? This cant be the way a bowler should celebrate. Senior players should talk to them and teach them some manner.

  • Ahnaf on February 17, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @The_Ashes: Traveling with the national side isn't a bad idea but he shouldn't be playing international cricket at this age. I know bowlers like Pat Cummins are already in Australian setup but we have to remember our bowlers' fitness level are not even close to them. I just don't want to see another talent struggling with injury like Mashrafe. It's better to keep him in the U-19 level and Academy teams regularly so that he gets to play competitive cricket.

  • Zahirul on February 17, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    @manu131: Players like Nasir, Gazi, Anamul, Mominul, Elias Sunny are coming with relatively long experience in FC cricket than the rests, even some of current test players don't have such temperament as these guys have. This is the kind of steady escalation we were looking for, may be slow but positive. Taskin has been playing quite impressive in FC and he has been on the radder since U-19 WC. Speaking of country performance, when was the last time India actually won anything outside of India, even their WC was won in there home soil, and see how they are performing since then. Now comparing the performance of a champion with a no 10 team, I guess you can rate who is performing better. And since you bragged the issue of Gayle's off-form, right before his series against BD he scored a blazing century and half century against NZ at their soil, but just the moment he landed in BD he lost his form!

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 17, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @manu131 on (February 16, 2013, 18:32 GMT) whats the problem brother?Your team wins at home condition thats very ok but when BAN registers their series win against WI at home condition it comes like No. 7 in ODI rankings and a very wicker team.Thats really funny or i would say double standard to be maintained from your side.Wish you and your team all the luck.You really need it>>>>

  • Smith on February 16, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    @Faizan: Or maybe he could play for the "under-19" team for now and improve our 'youth' record even further especially with the type of aggression he has ;) :)

  • faizan on February 16, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    agreed with ashes , sri lanka series will be the ryt test for bd to see their status , one might say they wont win it but the fire and the enthusiasm shows a lot of things taskin is a very goodbowler , still immature , i would recommend str8 inclusion in the bd team so he can mature there otherwise considering the domestic circuit it wont do any better to a natural talent like him !

  • Jonny on February 16, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @manu131 - Last 6-7 years players like Habibul Bashar, Javed Omar etc were playing for Bangladesh and the team back then was awful and didn't come through any system so I don't understand where you heard Bangladesh will be climbing up back then. Also back then players like Shakib, Tamim made their debuts in their teenage years very very inexperience. Different eras comes and goes, with the amount of top quality old players that are retiring from the other teams, are having hard time to replace them and Bangladesh are starting to find them a lot easier. Actually we have serious talent coming through now like Anamul Haque who was the top run scorer at the under-19 world cup and then later made his official debut against the West Indies and scored a 120 in just his 2nd ODI game and other good young players emerging from Bangladesh like Sohag Gazi an off spinner. Hopefully the Sri Lanka series will give us a much clearer idea whether Bangladesh recent success was a big fluke.

  • manu on February 16, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @ahnaf bin hasan:my dear friend winning in home wont make u good team n thats too against wi(which is ranked 7th) n gayle was totally out of form in that series n moreover he can win matches in t20 but not in odis......if u consider home performances to rate the teams then sl n india shud stand at top as they have been consistently winning d matches in their backyard from many years(but many of your country people dont show respect to them n often give least respect to their wins by saying they have achieved on flat tracks but what kind of tracks u have in your home bro?) n when it comes to asia cup miracles wont happen everyday bro n there is lots of difference between playing close encounters n winning close encounters....

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