|| CF Correspondent ||
Rangpur Rangers failed to keep up the pace provided by the middle order batsmen—Lewis Gregory and Al-Amin Hossain Junior as they were held back to 149-9 in their last match of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) against Dhaka Platoon at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Gregory struck 46 off 32 with five fours and two sixes while Al-Amin Junior hit 24 ball35, smashing four fours and one six. Jahurul Islam Omee contributed with 28.
Following a shaky start that saw them lost captain Shane Watson (10) and Cameron Delport (6) in fifth over with the scoreboard reading 28-2, Gregory gave the innings much-needed pace.
Rangpur soon was reduced to 50-3 after Naim Sheikh was dismissed by Shadab Khan for 21 ball-17.
Gregory and Al-Amin added 49 runs for the fourth wicket stand, keeping the run rate quite high.
However Thisara Perera inflicted a collapse and stalled the progress of Rangpur, firstly removing Gregory. Shadab Khan then got rid of Al-Amin and Rangpur crumbled under pressure to be all out with a total that looked not pretty.
Perera returned figures of 3-23 while Shadab Khan ended with 2-25.
Already eliminated from the play-off race, Rangpur was eying a winning-end to the tournament while a victory would give Dhaka a chance to finish the group phase, staying in the top two positions.