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Gayle’s BPL Season Debut Fails

Windies opener Chris Gayle failed on his debut for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Saturday, as his team suffered a 14-run defeat against Marlon Samuels’ Comilla Victorians in Mirpur.Chasing a moderate target of 154 runs, Rangpur were restricted to 139 for seven in their 20 overs.Rangpur lost their first four wickets, including Gayle and Brendon McCullum, for 32 runs in 5.3 ballsGayle, following the recent snub at the hands of the Pakistan Super League which saw the left-hander suffering the humiliation of going undrafted, went back to the dressing room first with the frustration of the huge home crowd.Gayle’s innings ended in 13 deliveries, the big Jamaican scoring 17 with three fours. He was trapped lbw by Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

Rashid Khan grabbed his second wicket with the fourth ball of the same over, dismissing Sri Lanka Kusal Perera for a duck. Kusan, who faced two balls, was caught by Mahedi Hasan leaving  Rangpur Riders on 31 for two in 4.4 overs.Mahedi Hasan then picked up two quick wickets, dismissing New Zealand batsman McCullum with the first ball of the sixth over and Shahriar Nafees with the third ball of the same over, leaving the score at 32 for four in 5.3 overs. Opening batsman McCullum made 13 runs from 14 balls with one four and six before he was stumped by Liton Das.Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Mithun scored 67 runs for the fifth wicket but failed to overcome the early lapses. Bopara hammered an unbeaten run-a-ball 48, hitting five fours, while Mithun scored 31 from 26.

Earlier, Victorians, sent in to bat, scored 153 for six.Top-order batsman Imrul Kayes and Samuels put on 45 for the fourth wicket to rescue the Victorians, who had lost the wickets of  Tamim Iqbal (21), Liton Das (11) and Jos Buttler (1) for 55 runs in 8.2 overs.Kayes contributed the team highest score of 47 runs from 32 balls, striking four fours and two sixes while Samuels scored a 34-ball 41, featuring four boundaries and a six.With the victory, the Victorians moved to second on the seven-team table with eight points from five matches.The Dhaka Dynamites lead the league with nine points from six matches.  

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