Tough debut for Gayle but Riders thrash Comilla

By Sports Desk January 08, 2019

Windies batting star Chris Gayle had a tough debut for Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team Rangpur Riders on Tuesday, despite a comprehensive win over Comilla Victorians at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The 39-year-old batting talisman had missed out on taking part in the team’s opening match against Chittagong Vikings after delays in acquiring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket West Indies (CWI).

The opener, the champion team’s top run-scorer last campaign, had a forgettable debut facing five balls before being caught by Anamul Haque off the bowling of Abu Hider.  The total posted by Comilla had, however, never been a challenging one as only Shahid Afridi provided any resistance when the team was all out for 63.  Riders then chased down the target scoring 67 runs in 12 overs losing only the wicket of batting sensation Gayle. Rilee Rossouw and Mehedi Marul remained unbeaten on 20 and 36 respectively.  Hider took the lone wicket conceding 11 runs.

Gayle had managed to make an impact in the field for the team after catching Afridi off the bowling of Nazmul Islam.  Rangpur will play their next match against Dhaka Dynamites on January 11.

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