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    BPL: Ryan ten Doeschate sets up rout of Khulna Royal Bengals

    Mirpur: Ryan ten Doeschate roared to life in the Bangladesh Premier League as Chittagong Kings made a meal of Khulna Royal Bengals here on Thursday. The Netherlands and Essex allrounder thumped an unbeaten 95 off just 61 deliveries to power Chittagong to 156 for 5, after which Kevon Cooper and Enamul Haque junior rolled Khulna over for a paltry 67 in 14.2 overs. That was the lowest total of the tournament and the margin of defeat (89 runs) was the largest so far.

    Ten Doeschate's was a match-winnings innings in every sense. He walked in at No. 4 with Chittagong reeling at 10 for 3 following ducks to star players Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah, and proceeded to thump seven fours and four sixes in a counter-attacking innings. Ten Doeschate set himself in before opening up in the tenth over bowled by Daniel Harris and with South African David Miller (22) he put on 61 in 9.1 overs for the fourth wicket. Jacob Oram (4) was a spectator in a 49-run stand in 33 deliveries while Cooper clubbed 15 off five deliveries as 36 came in the last 11 balls. Ten Doeschate reached his half-century in 41 balls and took 41 off his next 20 faced, four of which went for six.

    The Khulna reply never got going. Nazimuddin and Harris were back inside during the first over and from 11 for 3 there was no ten Doeschate to emerge from the line-up. Shahriar Nafees' 15 was the best that Khulna could manage - there were nine single-digit scores - as Kooper (4 for 10) and Enamul (3 for 14) ran through the innings with career-best efforts.

    The win was Chittagong's fourth while Royals remained at the bottom of the BPL points table with their seventh win in nine matches.

    In the second match, Sylhet Royals chased down a record total of 198 against Rangpur Riders to gain a six-wicket victory and capture the top position in the points table. Sylhet Royals won the toss and opted to field but their decision went awry as Shamsur Rahman cracked an unbeaten 98 (off 50 balls) and compiled a 145-run partnership with Imrul Kayes (53 off 46 balls) to propel his team to an imposing total of 197 for 4 in 20 overs.

    Rahman creamed eight sixes and four boundaries during his innings while Kevin O'Brien played a breezy cameo in the end (30 off 14 balls) as Rangpur Riders finished their innings on a buoyant note. Sylhet Royals meted out a stunning riposte as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and their skipper Mushfiqur Rahim went on the rampage and unleashed a carnage upon the opposition bowlers. Both the batsman smashed explosive half-centuries as Sylhet Royals reached 100 in the 9th over.

    Elton Chigumbura (27 off 13 balls) played a whirlwind knock after Chanderpaul and Rahim fell and steered his team to the victory with an over to spare.