|| CF Correspondent ||
Khulna Tigers skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said on Friday that they had to pay dearly for losing Rille Rossouw against Rajshahi Royals in the final of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday.
Rajshahi Royals came up with a stellar performance to lift the trophy of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) as they outclassed Khulna Tigers by 21 runs in the final at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Shamshur Rahman Shuvo and Rilee Rossouw responded well despite being in cornered situation. With the help of luck and pluck, they steadied the ship, combining for 74-run for the third wicket stand.
They were aided by some poor fielding of Rajshahi bowlers—Abu Jayed Rahi put down a simple catch of Rossouw at point when he was on 18, while there was numerous misfielding.
With the duo looking to take the match away, Mohammad Nawaz removed Rossouw for 26 ball-37 in which the South African recruit hit a six and a four.
Shamshur went on to complete his half-century and with captain Mushfiqur Rahim in the company, it looked anybody’s game still.
Kamrul Islam Rabbi however put Rajshahi on top, dealing a double strike that saw him dismissing Shuvo and Najibullah Zadran in the same over.
‘’I am definitely upset because when you reach the final everybody expects you to be champion,’’ Mushfiqur told reporters at the post match press conference on Friday.
‘’It always does not go according to our expectation and to be honest we really did not play well in all the three departments,’’ he said.
‘’We bowled well in the early part and till the 16 over. we missed a couple of catcher after that .we gave away 10 to 15 runs more, in the end,’’ he said.
Though we did not start well but the way Rille and shamsur were batting we were confident of the chase. We need 9.5 runs with over with dew.
Rille got out in a very bad time for us after he was given a chance and being a leading contributor he should have carried the innings.
‘’I think that over change the momentum of the match and I think Shamsur was batting very well and than Najib got out ,it was very difficult as they had 2 overs of Irfan and Russell,’’ he said,
‘’We could have scored 40 runs in the last 4 over but when you need 50 or 60 runs its very difficult as I was a new batsman and Robbie Frylinck,’’ he said,
‘’If any set batsman score 70 runs and carry the innings we should won the match easily,’’ he said.