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Mustafizur, Delport leads rampant Rangpur to crushing win over Sylhet

DHAKA An incredible bowling of Mustafizur Rahman was well complemented by Cameron Delport's whirlwind knock as Rangpur Rangers stayed alive in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL), crushing Sylhet Thunder by seven wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here today.

Rangpur's second victory in seventh match mathematically kept their

chances to seal play-off berth alive but Sylhet crashed out following their

seventh defeat in eight matches in the tournament.

With their back against the wall, Rangpur stressed to begin the tournament

afresh and they showed the guts and determination to really start the

tournament a new.

Mustafizur Rahman, whose performance was severely criticized finally

discovered the old Mustafizur in himself as he led the bowling attack

impeccably after his captain Shane Watson sent Sylhet to bat. Mustafizur

finished with 3-10 in four overs to help the side restrict Sylhet to 133-9, a

below par total, which Cameron Delport made even smaller by hitting a 28

ball-63, with six fours and five sixes. Thanks to his marauding knock,

Rangpur gunned down the total with ease, cantering to the victory in just

17.2 overs.

Their start to the chase was disappointing one with captain Watson being

out for 1, leaving the side 5-1. But it mattered little as Delport combined

for a 99-run with Mohammad Naim for the second wicket stand to take the side

closer to victory. While Naim was slow to respond Sylhet's bowling, Delport

smashed everything that came to his way and thereby covered Naim's slower

knock.

Sylhet's Afghanistan recruit Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed Delport to break the

partnership but Naim, with the support of Mohammad Nabi sailed the side home

without further fuss. Naim was not out on 38 off 50, hitting two fours and as

many sixes while Nabi was unbeaten on 12 ball-18.

Naveen-ul-Haq claimed 2-13 while Ebadot Hossain took the other fallen

wicket.

Earlier, Mustafizur stifled Sylhet for runs when his other colleagues were

not so up to the mark. The Fizz, as he is adorably called, checked the

flamboyance of Sylhet batsmen to create pressure which gave the other bowlers

an advantage to claim wicket. Mustafizur then later dazzled with cherry again

during the death overs to dismiss Sylhet's hope of making a reasonable total.

Amid Mustafizur's threatening bowling, Mohammad Mithun stood tall to keep

the side flowing. Mithun was the highest scorer for the side with 47 ball-62,

hitting four fours and two sixes.

No other batsmen even could score 20 plus runs. The second highest score

came from the willow of Sherfane Rutherford who made 16. Captain Mosaddek

Hossain Saikat scored 16 while Sohag Gazi contributed 12.

Arafat Sunny, Mukidul Islam Mugdho, Lewis Gregory and Mohammad Nabi took

one wicket apiece.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)