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Cricket news - Bowlers, Zazai help Rajshahi begin with a win

Zazai struck a half-century in Rajshahi's nine-wicket win.

Zazai struck a half-century in Rajshahi's nine-wicket win.

Rajshahi Royals vs Dhaka Platoons

An all-round bowling performance helped Rajshahi Royals restrict Dhaka Platoons for a paltry 134 for 9 in 20 overs, with Anamul Haque's 38 being the best effort in their modest scorecard. Abu Jayed conceded 43 in his four overs but also accounted for the wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Wahab Riaz. Four others - Taijul Islam, Farhad Reza, Alok Kapali and Ravi Bopara - picked a wicket each as Platoons' middle-order crumbled. Four of their batsmen - including Thisara Perera and Shahid Afridi - were dismissed for single-digit scores. There was a mini-revival from the tail when Mashrafe Mortaza and Riaz added 23 runs for the ninth wicket. But that could only take them as far as 134, which the Royals chased down with ease.

That was largely thanks to the start that they managed. Hazratullah Zazai and Liton Das added 62 runs for the opening wicket, followed by the unbroken alliance between the former and Shoaib Malik worth 74 runs for the second wicket to see their side through.

Brief Scores: Dhaka Platoons 134/9 in 20 overs (Anamul Haque 38, Jaker Ali 21; Abu Jayed 2-43, Alok Kapali 1-18) lost to Rajshahi Royals 136/1 in 18.2 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 56*, Liton Das 38, Shoaib Malik 36*) by nine wickets.

Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers

Khulna Tigers showed great urgency in chase as half-centuries from Rilee Rossouw and Rahmanullah Gurbaz enabled them to chase down Chattogram Challengers' 144 in just the 14th over, that gave them a high NRR and placed them second on the points table.

Gurbaz smashed four fours and five sixes in his 19-ball stay worth 50 runs while Rossouw saw the game off, staying unbeaten on 64. This superlative batting effort came after a collective bowling effort ensured Chattogram Challengers were pinned to the mat all through the game after Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and put them in.

Lendl Simmons, who was in Mumbai just two nights ago for the final game of the India tour, made a 23-ball 26, which ended up being the second best score for his side. Muktar Ali scored 29 but the rest of the line-up failed to chip in as the Challengers limped to 144 for 6 in 20 overs.

Brief Scores: Chattogram Challengers 144/6 in 20 overs (Muktar Ali 29, Lendl Simmons 26; Aminul Islam 1-25) lost to Khulna Tigers 146/2 in 13.5 overs (Rilee Rossouw 64*, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 50) by 8 wickets

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