Javed, Latif helps Bangalore Warriors make winning start

Middle-order batsman Javed Bashir struck an unbeaten half-century (63) to help Bangalore Warriors beat Rajasthan Riders by 35 runs and make a winning start in the 20-20 Cricket Premier League being held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3 on Friday. Coming one down, Javed played some thunderous shots to help the team post a competitive total.

Earlier, Bangalore Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing one of their openers early, Javed came in his place and start playing attacking shots right from the beginning. His innings was all about timing as he hit six boundaries during his 58-ball knock to dominate the opposition bowlers.

Khurshid Ahmad also played well and struck three boundaries and two towering sixes during his knock of 40 runs.

Latif Baba then played a superb cameo and hit two boundaries and a huge six in his 20-ball 30 runs to push the total past the 150-mark, as the Bangalore team posted 156 for 5 in the stipulated 20 overs.

Munish Kumar bowled well and conceded just ten runs while picking up two wickets. Amit Verma and Bakshish grabbed a wicket each.

Chasing the target, Rajasthan Riders were restricted to 121 for 9 in 20 overs and thus lost the match by 35 runs. Bakshish top scored for the team with 42 runs, which he made of 41 balls with the help of four boundaires and one huge six, but his effort could not steer the team to victory. Munish Kumar chipped in with 25 runs.

Latif Baba was the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore as he grabbed three wickets for 15 runs. Mustafa took two wickets.

In another match, Haryana Hawks beat Delhi Dynamites by 24 runs. The Haryana outfit batted first and scored 122 for 3 in 17 overs. Manoj Kumar remained unbeaten on 30 runs which he scored off 24 balls with the help of three timely boundaries.

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