Rangpur Riders stunned Sylhet Sixers by snatching the must-win game for the newcomers. Through this win, Mashrafee-men escaped the bottom of the point table. In the 22nd match of the 5th edition BPL, Rangpur Riders beat Sylhet Sixers by a crucial 7 runs.
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By winning the toss, Sylhet Sixers opted to field first. The decision was a boomerang when the devastating openers, Chris Gayle and Brandon McCullum scored 80 runs in just 8.4 overs.
The most fearful opener of the t20 cricket Chris Gayle was not in this well-known Rhythm from the first over of the match. He took 12 deliveries to strike boundary. But later he managed everything by his well-known batting style hammering 5 sixes and 2 boundaries. He scored his first fifty of the current season of the tournament.
Another opener, Brandon McCullum hit the longest six of the tournament smashing Shuvagata Hom. He scored magnificent 33 runs before dismissing by Nasir Hossain. However, Mohammad Mithun (25) and Robi Bopara (28) helped for challenging score for Sylhet Sixers.
Sylhet Sixers managed a recovery from 25-3 with the help of icon Sabbir Rahman and skipper Nasir Hossain. The duo helped to score a 117 run for fourth wicket partnership. Though they were heading to touch the winning line, the last time-out changed everything, the pace of the match.
Sylhet Sixers just needed 35 runs from 24 balls with 7 wickets remaining. Then the time-out began. Mashrafee, the sensation of Bangladesh cricket, came into the attack and conceded 2 crucial runs in his final over. Sabbir Rahman scored a magnificent 70 runs from 49 balls smashing 2 sixes and 7 boundaries. Nasir Hossain also got fifty, but nothing was enough for Sylhet Sixers to land the victory.
The giant hitter Chris Gayle was the man of the match for his entertaining 50 runs of 39 balls.
It was the 2nd win for Rangpur Riders but 4th consecutive defeat for Sylhet Sixers. By this win, Rangpur Riders escaped the bottom and is now at the fifth position of the point table. On the other hand, the position of Sylhet Sixers remains same though they played 3 games more than Rangpur Riders.