BPL Match 21 2024: Rangpur Riders Crush Dhaka Dominators in Dominant Display

Rangpur Riders Crush Dhaka Dominators in Dominant Display

The BPL Match 21 2024 witnessed a one-sided affair as the table-topping Rangpur Riders comprehensively beat the struggling Dhaka Dominators by 60 runs at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Dhaka’s Woes Continue:

Dhaka Dominators, languishing at the bottom of the table, won the toss and opted to field first. However, their bowlers failed to capitalize on the home advantage. Despite taking early wickets through Mustafizur Rahman and Khaled Mahmud, Rangpur Riders built a strong foundation courtesy of a 72-run partnership between Mohammad Nabi and Shakib Al Hasan.

Dhaka's Woes Continue

Shakib Shines with Bat and Ball:

Shakib, the Rangpur captain, played a masterful innings, scoring 34 runs off just 20 deliveries. His knock was laced with 1 fours and 3 sixes, showcasing his power and timing. He was ably supported by Mohammad Nabi (32) and Azmatullah Omarzai (25*), who ensured a strong total of 175/4 for Rangpur.

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Dhaka’s Flimsy Response:

Chasing a challenging target, Dhaka’s hopes were dealt a blow early with the loss of their in-form opener Taskin Ahmed. Shuvagata Hom (20) and captain Nasir Hossain (18) showed brief resistance, but the Rangpur bowling attack proved too strong.

Impressive Bowling Display:

Abu Hider was the pick of the Rangpur bowlers, claiming three wickets for just 19 runs in his four overs. He was ably supported by Mahedi Hasan (2/17) and Hasan Mahmud (2/22), who kept the Dhaka batsmen in check. The Dhaka innings eventually folded for a paltry 115 runs, handing Rangpur a resounding victory.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rangpur Riders continue their dominance at the top of the table with their fifth win in seven matches. Their well-balanced squad, boasting experienced players like Shakib and Nabi, seems unstoppable.
  • Dhaka Dominators are yet to find their winning ways and remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Their inconsistent batting and bowling have been their Achilles’ heel throughout the tournament.

Match Heroes:

  • Shakib Al Hasan (Rangpur Riders): Player of the Match for his all-round performance, scoring 78 runs and taking 1 wicket.
  • Abu Hider (Rangpur Riders): Pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 19 runs.

Looking Ahead:

This comprehensive victory strengthens Rangpur’s position as favorites for the BPL title. Dhaka, on the other hand, need a drastic turnaround in their fortunes to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.

Beyond the Scorecard:

The match also saw some exciting moments:

  • Shakib’s six off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman was a treat for the crowd.
  • The young Abu Hider showcasing his bowling talent with his accurate pace and variations.
  • The passionate Dhaka fans cheering for their team despite the disappointing performance.

Final Thoughts:

BPL Match 21 was a one-sided affair, showcasing the contrasting fortunes of Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dominators. While Rangpur continues to soar high, Dhaka needs to regroup and find their winning formula if they want to avoid finishing rock bottom.

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