• Wiese, Jonker go toe to toe in BPL

    South African all-rounder David Wiese and batsman Christiaan Jonker ended on the right and wrong end of Tuesday’s Bangladesh Premier League result in Dhaka respectively.

    A tournament dominated by the successful run-scoring exploits of former Proteas batsman Rilee Rossouw and the wicket-taking triumphs of seamer Robbie Frylinck afforded Wiese and Jonker some space as well.

    Wiese struck a brisk 15 in the Khulna Titans’ final total of 128 for nine at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium – and later clinched the important wicket of Sri Lanka Isuru Udana in the Rajshahi Kings’ unsuccessful pursuit of 103 all out.

    Jonker also scored 15, but his was not enough for a triumphant total. The Kings are coached by former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener.

    Ex-captain AB de Villiers is scheduled to join the Rangpur Riders in the BPL shortly – and will represent the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League later this year.

    ‘I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowds on 9 and 10 March during the 2019 PSL,’ said De Villiers earlier this week.

    ‘I look forward to revisiting the Gaddafi Stadium and aim to play my part in helping Lahore Qalandars achieve something they have been aspiring for since the inception of this tournament in 2016.

    ‘I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan. I still remember the support and appreciation we received in 2007. Furthermore, I feel I have a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan. These have been some of the motivating factors for me to return to Lahore.’

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