Continuing the superb form the beginning of the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, Sylhet Sixers, on Tuesday, claimed their third successive win. The home team came out victorious in all three matches of the season they played so far.
At the Sylhet International Stadium, they have just beaten Rajshahi Kings by a fair margin of 33 runs.
Chasing the formidable target of 205 runs, the Kings managed to score 172 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs.
Steadily approaching towards the giant target, Rajshahi Kings’ openers Luke Wright and Mominul Haque partnered fifty runs in five over.
The rhythm of the Kings’ innings faltered when Mominul Haque edged to Nasir Hossain facing Liam Plunkett in the sixth over, calling to an end to his 24 runs innings. He hit 2 sixes.
Plunkett jeered double boosters for Sylhet Sixers picking one down Rony Talukdar in the first ball he faced after the departure of Mominul.
Sammy’s mates never really could make up the innings afterwards as Abul Hasan also went for a pair of wickets in the tenth over.
Both Mushfiqur Rahim and Samit Patel took over by Abul Hasan in two consecutive deliveries just like the previous pair of wickets.
Wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored 11 off 12.
In the late middle order, Rajshahi Kings’ Kiwi recruit James Franklin tried best to deliver a fair innings but it would only lessen the margin of defeat.
Franklin’s fine knock of 35 runs in 23 balls included 3 fours and 2 sixes; he was unfortunately fall short of the popping crease when Plunkett made a direct throw in the second ball of the seventeenth over.
Sylhet Sixers’ batsmen especially two openers Upul Tharanga and Andre Fletcher continued the blasting form in the tournament launched yet another blistering inauguration of the Sixer’s innings for the third match in a row.
Tharanga reached 50 off 37 deliveries, his third successive half century in three matches so far. Fletcher could consider himself unlucky, missed the mark for 2 this time.
Tharanga and Fletcher built up the foundation of Sylhet Sixers’ innings like a common phenomenon since the beginning of the tournament. In this occasion, together they stood for 101 runs before Fletcher failed to reach the batting wicket against a throw from Mehedi Hasan towards the wicket keeper. Andre Fletcher’s 48 came off 30 deliveries with 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Tharanga followed immediately after that, caught by Sammy off the bowling of Franklin.
Later Danushka Gunathilaka helped to continue the good run for Sylhet Sixers, hammering a 22 ball 42 runs with 3 shots over the boundary and 2 to the boundary.
As Ross Whiteley also contributed an unbeaten 25 runs off 12 balls with 3 exquisite sixes, Sylhet Sixers crossed a formidable 200 run mark in their stipulated 20 overs of the innings.
Sylhet Sixers 205/6 (20 overs)
Upul Tharanga 50, Andre Fletcher 48, Ross Whiteley 25*
Kesrick Williams 2/39, Farhad Reza 1/41, James Franklin 1/38
Rajshahi Kings 172/8 (20 overs)
Luke Wright 56, James Franklin 35, Mominul Haque 24
Abul Hasan 3/22, Liam Plunkett 3/29, Kamrul Islam Rabbi 1/54
Result: Sylhet Sixers won by 33 runs
Toss: Rajshahi Kings