BPL 2023 Cricket Match Highlights: Fortune Barishal secured their first win of the 2023 BPL season, easing past Rangpur Riders by six wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.
They overcame the disappointment of losing against Sylhet Strikers three days ago with an emphatic win over Nurul Hasan’s men.
Fortune Barishal skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to field first. They restricted Rangpur Riders to 158/7 after 20 overs, thanks to their exceptional spin bowlers.
In reply, Fortune Barishal chased down the target in the last over, courtesy of a fantastic partnership between Ibrahim Zadran and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Iftikhar Ahmed hit the winning runs as he smashed Mahedi Hasan for six down the ground.
Both the teams now sit on two points after two matches. However, the Rangpur Riders are ahead in the table due to a higher net run rate. Hasan Miraz was awarded Player of the Match for his outstanding knock of 43.
Fortune Barishal Overs Pivotal Again
Just like yesterday’s match between Chattogram Challengers and Khulna Tigers, the match between Fortune Barishal and Rangpur Riders also had critical powerplay overs.
Rangpur Riders didn’t start well as they lost Mohammad Naim on the first ball. They lost two more wickets in the powerplay overs, including the big wicket of Sikandar Raza to end up at 48/3 after six overs.
Just like the Rangpur Riders, Fortune Barishal were on the backfoot as they lost Chaturanga de Silva in the first over. However, they came back into the ascendancy thanks to Zadran and Hasan Miraz. At the end of six overs, the Fortune Barishal were at 53/2.
Fortune Barishal’s Spinners Dominate
Shakib is one of the greatest players in the history of Bangladesh, not just BPL 2023. He has been the player of the tournament on four occasions, including last year and he has started this season in the same manner.
He gave Fortune Barishal a breakthrough on the first ball by removing Mohammad Naim. The left-arm off spinner was extremely economical in his bowling spell, giving away just 19 runs in his four overs.
The veteran all-rounder was well supported by Hasan Miraz and Chaturanga de Silva, who took two wickets each and conceded only 51 runs in their combined eight overs. Considering how the Bangladesh pitches aren’t offering anything to the seamers, it looks like this season’s BPL 2023 will be dominated by the spinners.
Shoaib Malik Propels Rangpur Riders To A Competitive Total
When we talk about the experience Shakib has, we shouldn’t forget the credentials of Shoaib Malik. The Karachi Kings batsman has been in the game for more than two decades and has plenty of experience in the T20 format.
Since we have seen how spinners have been reliable so far in this season’s BPL 2023, Malik is the master of playing the spin bowlers. He showed it again in his knock against Rangpur Riders.
In the match against Rangpur Riders, the right-handed batsman was the only shining light of his team’s middle order. He scored 54 off 36 balls with five fours and two sixes. The 41-year-old brought his half-century in the last over as he dismissed Kamrul Islam for a six on a bent knee.
If the Rangpur Riders want to progress in this season’s BPL 2023, they need the experience of Malik to guide them through tough fixtures. Malik also teams up with Raza, who played with him during their time at Sialkot Stallions.
It is safe to say that this tournament has been dominated by Pakistan’s players so far. Yesterday, we saw Azam Khan and Usman Khan scoring centuries for their respective franchises. Today, we saw Malik rolling back the years with his immense contribution with the bat.
Considering the fact that Pakistan has a well-established team in limited overs cricket, the players performing in domestic leagues will only give more headache to the selection committee.
Sikandar Raza Shines With The Bowl
If one man from Sialkot shined with the bat, the other Sialkot-native was effective with the ball. Raza was fantastic in the two overs he bowled for Rangpur Riders, conceding 14 runs and taking two wickets. He has now taken four wickets in two matches so far in this BPL 2023 season.
Many cricket experts believe that Hasan should have used his remaining two overs to break the stand between Zadran and Hasan Miraz instantly.
The off-spinner has shown that he can take important breakthroughs during the World T20 last year, where he dismissed Shadab Khan and Haider Ali in Zimbabwe’s memorable win over Pakistan.
Raza disappointed with the bat as he was dismissed for only two runs However, his contributions were nothing more than a consolation as their team got outplayed throughout the encounter.
Partnerships Crucial For Fortune Barishal
The main difference between the two innings was the number of partnerships. In the first innings, the highest partnership was 33 between Malik and Rory Talukdar. Apart from these two, captain Hasan was the only batsman who got to double figures in the entire innings.
Despite Fortune Barishal also losing their first wicket in the opening over, they never buckled under pressure. A fantastic 82-run partnership between Zadran and Hasan Miraz ensured that last year’s runners-up remained on the front foot.
“We did very well because the wicket is very good. I tried to bowl in the good areas. I love to bat in the top-order all the time. I enjoy batting a lot,” Hasan Miraz said in the post-match interview.
Zadran scored 52 off 41 balls, with five fours and two sixes. On the other hand, Hasan Miraz scored 43 off 29 balls, with five boundaries to his name.
Although Shakib’s men lost the pair in quick succession, they had done their job as the team required only 35 runs off 28 balls. A 39-run partnership between Ahmed and Karim Jannat ensured that the 2022 runner-ups got over the line in the last over.