Cooper steers Kings past Royal Bengals
Trinidad and Tobago allrounder Kevon Cooper grabbed four wickets for ten runs to lead Chittagong Kings to a record 89-run win over Khulna Royal Bengals, in the Bangladesh Premier League, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur, yesterday.
Ryan ten Doeschate scored an unbeaten 95 off 61 balls and Cooper was unbeaten on 15 as the Kings posted 156 off their 20 overs.
Cooper and the other Chittagong Kings bowlers then dismissed Khulna for the lowest score in the competition—67—off 14.2 overs to compete their fourth victory in the competition, which kept them in fourth place on the standings.
It wasn't easy for the Kings at the start. Their top-order collapsed spectacularly after being put in to bat: they lost Brendan Taylor, Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah by the fourth over. From that point, ten Doeschate and their new recruit David Miller prevented the situation from deteriorating further.
The pair added 61 runs for the fourth wicket before ten Doeschate had Jacob Oram for company in a 49-run stand for the fifth wicket. Oram contributed only four runs to the partnership, but a change of gear from ten Doeschate helped the side past the 150-mark.
Ten Doeschate and Cooper blasted 36 runs off 11 balls in the closing stages to boost the total. Cooper hit two fours and a six while Ten Doeschate missed out on a century by five runs, hammering four sixes and seven fours in his 61-ball unbeaten effort.
The late blitz wasted the good work by Shapoor Zadran, who took two for 21 from his four overs.
Defending 156, Enamul Haque Jr and the seamer Cooper didn't let the Royal Bengals off the hook as they took forward the batsmen's momentum. They shared seven wickets after Jacob Oram took the early wicket of Nazimuddin, caught comically at deep square-leg by Ariful Haque.
Cooper gave away only ten runs for his four wickets, his best bowling figures in Twenty20s. Enamul's three for 14 was also his best and it took him to 12 wickets, the most in the tournament.
Cooper has 11 wickets from six matches.
Chittagong Kings take on Sylhet Royals today and Rangpur Riders tomorrow, with both matches taking place in Mirpur.
Chittagong Kings 156/5 (20 overs) (Ryan ten Doeschate 95 n.o., Shapoor Zadran 2/21) vs Khulna Royal Bengals 67 (14.2 overs) (Kevon Cooper 4/10, Enamul Haque Jr 3/14)—Kings won by 89 runs