Dhaka – Wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan guided Rajshahi Kings to score 135 for eight wickets on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium against Rangpur Riders in their fourth match of the sixth season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).Rangpur Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match. Rajshahi started their innings losing the skipper Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the second over. Rangpur Riders captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza trapped his counterpart Miraz for duck.
The Kings lost five wickets before touching the 100-run mark of their innings. Mominul Haque (14), Soumya Sarkar (18) and Mohammad Hafeez (26) offered some hope but failed to continue their start.
While Mominul and Soumya were dismissed by Shohag Gazi and Mashrafe, Hafeez fell prey to run-out by Rangpur’s English recruit Ravi Bopara.
Zakir Hasan was the only batsman of the Kings to resist the Rangpur bowlers. He remained unbeaten at the end of the innings scoring 42 off 36 balls with hitting two fours and a six.
Ryan ten Doeschate, the Dutch all-rounder, took the field for Rajshahi for the first time in the ongoing BPL and scored 14 off 10 balls.
Mashrafe and Farhad Reza took two wickets each for the Riders while Shohag Gazi and Shafiul Islam shared two wickets between them.UNB