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Mustafizur’s form boosts Rangpur to fight for BBPL play-off

DHAKA With the remaining matches of Rangpur Rangers turning out to be crucial in their aspiration to seal the play-off berth, the side heaved a huge sigh of relief after Mustafizur Rahman returned to form with a bang.

Mustafizur claimed 3-10 in four overs to single-handedly crush Sylhet

Thunder by seven wickets in a match, which was vital for Rangpur's quest to

stay alive in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

After this victory, Rangpur's point is four in seven matches and if they

could win the rest of the five matches in a row, they may seal the play-off

berth, beating the tough equation.

That Rangpur found them in a state of embarrassment in the early part of

the tournament was vastly down to the form of Mustafizur Rahman who was

erratic with both new and old ball.

But he gave an indication to return to form during the Chattogram part of

BBPL and in Dhaka part, he flourished with full glory.

With back to the wall, Rangpur stressed on to begin the tournament afresh

and they showed the guts and determination to really start the tournament a

new. And that also was down to the performance of Mustafizur Rahman, adorably

called as The Fizz.

He was always a good bowler but he has been going through rough phase of

his career. Now he comes back, which is good news for us, Mustafizur's

teammate Arafat Sunny said here today after Rangpur's seven-wicket win over

Sylhet.

He has been bowling well from the Chattogram part and in the last two

matches here he was excellent. Usually he bowls the way, he bowls today. So

he came back again and is in now good form. That's a plus point for us,

Sunny added.

Before the victory, when Rangpur was in a circle of defeats, rumours were

rife that they have internal problems in their team. The rumours sparked

further when Rangpur changed captains thrice in six matches with Mohammad

Nabi leading the side for first four matches before Tom Abell appointed as

captain. After leading the side for one match, Abell was dropped from the

team and Shane Watson took over the captaincy.

Sunny refused to make comment on those issues but believes that the victory

against Sylhet gives them the momentum which they should keep up to stay

alive in the tournament.

When a team goes through a rough phase, they look disarray. When the

winning moment comes, everything looks okay. We needed a victory and we got

that now, Sunny remarked.

Now we want to build on that. We want to carry the momentum to the next

matches. If we can, it will be good for us.

In pursuit of Sylhet's 133-9, Rangpur fell in a problem when captain Shane

Watson was dismissed for 1 to leave the side 5-1. Sunny said that they didn't

have any concern for the victory as they know that their batsmen were capable

of gunning down that target.

We didn't have negative feeling. Just what we needed was a big

partnership. Naim and Delport gave us that partnership and so we won it with

ease, he concluded.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)