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Trini all-rounder shines in BPL

Kevon Cooper.

Kevon Cooper.

DHAKA – Trinidad and Tobago bowling all-rounder and Twenty20 specialist Kevon Cooper turned in an excellent bowling performance as his Chittagong Kings registered their first points in this season’s Bangladesh Premier League after they pulled off an unlikely win over Barisal Burners by 21 runs today.

Defending a small total, the Chittagong bowlers, led by Cooper and Enamul Haque jnr who took two crucial wickets in an economical spell, kept Barisal under pressure throughout.

The left-arm spinner took the crucial wicket of Brad Hodge when the Barisal captain appeared set to take his side home. But the Australian was stumped for 34, and it triggered a collapse that saw them restricted to 108 for 9 in 20 overs. The other left-arm spinner, Arafat Sunny, and medium-pacer Cooper also took two wickets each.

Chittagong’s total appeared not good enough on a wicket that offered little to the bowlers. Naeem Islam and England international Ravi Bopara added 52 for the first wicket but were separated in the eighth over. It opened the gate for other Chittagong big-hitters to come in but they too couldn’t do much to boost the run-rate. Ryan ten Doeschate made 23 while Jacob Oram managed 18.

For Barisal, Kabir Ali, Azhar Mahmood and Shafiul Islam took two wickets each, and kept things tight as Chittagong didn’t manage a single hit for six during their 20 overs. (Cricinfo)

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