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BPL: Talukdar, Naim power Rangpur Riders to 8-wicket win

Rangpur Riders beat Sylhet Strikers by eight wickets on Saturday in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Mirpur.

With the win, the Riders kept their chances of topping the table in the league phase alive.

Put in to bat first, the Strikers scored 170-2 in 20 overs. Towhid Hridoy scored 85 runs off 57 balls with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Najmul Hossain Shanto's innings was cut short by Hasan Mahmud, as he was dismissed after scoring 15 runs off 22 balls. Next, Zakir Hasan was caught by Aaron Jones off Mahedi Hasan after scoring 7 runs from as many balls.

The Strikers' stand-in captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, held the innings together and remained unbeaten on 55 runs off 35 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Mahedi Hasan and Hasan Mahmud took one wicket each for the Riders.

The Riders had a strong start to their run chase. Rony Talukdar scored 66 runs off 35 balls with eight fours and three sixes. Mohammad Naim scored 45 runs off 32 balls with six fours.

Shoaib Malik also played a crucial role in the Riders' victory, scoring an unbeaten 41 runs off 24 balls. His innings included four fours and one six. The Riders reached their target of 171 runs in 18 overs with the loss of two wickets.

Source: United News of Bangladesh