Twitter Reactions: Reza and Russouw takes apart Rajshahi Kings
The Riders came up with another solid all-round performance.
Updated - Jan 29, 2019 9:37 pm
Rangpur Riders didn’t have much difficulty in regaining the top spot in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. After a stupendous bowling show against Rajshahi Kings at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, their power-packed batting helped the defending champions win by six wickets. Meanwhile, the Kings keep languishing at the bottom and need to win their last round robin match.
Riders restrict the Kings
The Rajshahi Kings won the toss and elected to bat first, but the decision somewhat backfired as they could only score 141 for eight. Farhad Reza struck first blood, dismissing Johnson Charles. Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque got out cheaply as well. However, Laurie Evans smacked five glorious boundaries to score 35 runs from 31 balls before being dismissed by seamer Shahidul Islam.
In the next over, Nazmul Islam Apu cleaned up Mehidy Hasan. After 13.3 overs, the Kings were reeling at 96/6. Christiaan Jonker, Fazle Mahmud and Qais Ahmed scored 16, 18 and 22 respectively to propel the Kings’ score. From the Riders’ perspective, Farhad got three wickets. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam and Shahidul accounted for a couple of batsmen each. Nahidul Islam chipped in with Mominul’s wicket.
Russouw wields the willow
Rangpur Riders didn’t get off to the best of starts as Chris Gayle perished after hitting Arafat Sunny for two fours. Mehidy Hasan dismissed him for 10 in the 3rd over. Afghanistan spinner Qais Ahmed rattled Allex Hales’ woodwork to pick up the second Riders’ wicket. Thereafter, the Proteas duo of Rilee Russouw and AB de Villiers took the Kings’ bowling by the scruff of its neck and made the game one-sided.
Russouw ended up scoring 55 runs from 43 balls with the help of five boundaries and a couple of sixes. He also became the first batsman to score over 500 runs in a single edition of the BPL. Fast bowler Kamrul Islam Rabbi castled him in the 16th over. ABD, on the other hand, notched a 27-ball 37 before falling prey to Sunny. Nahidul Islam found the boundary two times to seal the fate of the encounter.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Rilee Rossouw becomes the first player to score 500 runs in a single edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 29, 2019
#ABDevilliers never gets tired!
— ARJUN SHARMA (@Arjunsh24299587) January 29, 2019
— blind (@anukuldas1800) January 29, 2019
A lot of good stuff from @ABdeVilliers17 ahead of PSL 😍🔥
— Pakistani Machine (@PakMachine) January 29, 2019
Laurie Evans is currently England’s best T20 batsman. #ManInForm 🏏🔥
— Danny 😅 (@Danza09) January 29, 2019
Let this be your last world cup plzz the country needs you @ABdeVilliers17
— USIYA WU SBU ZIKODE. (@Siyawusbu) January 29, 2019
World Cup is just a few months away but he is happily smashing 3rd rated bowling lineup in #BPL2019 . For him World Cup is not his goal but for the country he should've pushed himself to create a possibility as he is still one of the most impactful cricketers. #DeVilliers https://t.co/MQD5uyxuVD
— Bala Ramana 🇮🇳🏏 (@ramana475) January 29, 2019
— Imran Hasan (@Imranhasan02) January 29, 2019
— BPLT20 (@Official_BPLT20) January 29, 2019