Sikandar Raza Stars in Chittagong Vikings Win!

It may have not been a great tournament for Chittagong Vikings, but they have indeed finished on a good note, with English all-rounder Luis Reece and Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza putting in star performances. While Reece was lesser known before this tournament, Raza has definitely been making a name for himself over the last year or more.

Rajshahi Kings won the toss and elected to field first in a game that would be the last for both franchises this season. It was a dead rubber game, as both were lagging at the bottom of the table and a win for either wouldn’t make a difference to the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League standings.

Reece was promoted to open the innings and he played a brilliant knock of 80(56)*, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. After the solid foundation set by Reece, Sikandar Raza came in and played a fantastic cameo of 42(20)*, including 3 fours and 3 sixes.

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His innings gave the Vikings the impetus they needed at the death overs, putting up a competitive total of 194/2 in their 20 overs. They then went out to bowl and got a couple of early wickets. However, Samit Patel played some brilliant hoicks over mid-wicket and raced to 62 in just 26 balls, including 5 sixes.

Just when the game was turning in favour of the Kings, Reece came in and broke the partnership, taking the important wicket of Samit Patel. What followed was 2 wickets in an equal number of balls by Sikandar, picking up the Rajshahi captain Mushfiqur Rahim, followed by Usama Mir. Once again, the game was in the Vikings’ favour.

Raza ended with magical figures of 4/16, but it was Reece who won the Man of the Match award. Had I been on the panel, I would’ve made sure both these men shared the award. Even after this win, the Vikings finish with 7 points and will end the season at the bottom of the table. Rajshahi, on the other hand, finish with 8 points and second last on the BPL 2017 points table.

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