Rangpur Riders have successfully emerged victorious through a tense match against Sylhet Sixers at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka a little while ago and have able to make hopes alive to enter into the second round of the tournament.
In a nerve wrecking contest, the Riders defended the total of 169 runs as Sylhet Sixers fall 7 runs short of the victory target.
Despite having too many wickets at hand, Sylhet Sixers drastically failed to manage scoring rate ended at 162 runs in their 20 overs with 6 more wickets remaining in hand.
Sixers’ captain Nasir Hossain became unbeaten scoring half century, on the end, hard hitter Sabbir Rahman dazzled on the way to his 70 runs in 49 deliveries. Sabbir hit 7 fours and 2 sixes.
For Rangpur Riders, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and Thisara Perera all grabbed one wicket each.
Earlier in the evening, Caribbean batting maestro Chris Gayle along with Kiwi hard hitter Brendon McCullum powered the Riders to accumulate a competitive total on the board.
Gayle entertained the crowd smashing big sixes in between every corner of the ground, was uprooted by Abul Hasan after reaching his fifty. His 50 off 39 deliveries was ornamented with 5 over boundaries and 3 boundaries.
Brendon McCullum hit equal number of fours and sixes (4×3, 6×3) on the way to his 33 runs.
Rangpur Riders 169/7 (20 overs)
Chris Gayle 50, Brendon McCullum 33, Ravi Bopara 28
Abul Hasan 2/24, T Bresnan 1/23, Nasir Hossain 1/27
Sylhet Sixers 162/4 (20 overs)
Nasir Hossain 50*, Sabbir Rahman 70, T Bresnan 12*
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 1/18, Sohag Gazi 1/6, Rubel Hossain 1/30
Result: Rangpur Riders won by 7 runs.
Toss: Rangpur Riders.