Watch: Shamsur’s 34 runs in 15 balls against Rangpur Riders
In the first qualifier of the sixth season of the Bangladesh Premier League, Comilla Victorians comprehensively defeated Rangpur Riders to confirm the final of the competition as the first team.
Evin Lewis blew away the Riders taking his team to the home of victory with an over and a delivery left in the innings. Continuing the blistering form he has been running in this year’s BPL, the Trinidadian outclassed the opposition bowlers slamming an unbeaten 71. He spared 53 balls slamming 5 shots to cross the rope and 3 for maximums.
Comilla Victorians lost Tamim Iqbal in the fifth over as Mashrafe bin Mortaza strike making the first breakthrough. But the Riders’ skipper was deprived of any turnaround after that despite administering all of his weapons. Among seven bowlers he used, only Shafiul Islam brought a wicket by the time the Victorians’ sensing the victory.
Lewis comprehended 90 runs second wicket partnership with Anamul Haque; with the help of 2 fours and equal number of sixes, the wicket keeper batsman scored a 32 ball 39.
Shamsur Rahman finished things in triumph knocking stormy 15 ball 34.
In the upper phase of the match, after deciding to bat first, Rangpur Riders made a shaky start losing a couple of wickets in the beginning.
Chris Gayle revived some form in the knock out stage although it proved not sufficient for the Riders to construct a handy total on the board at the end.
In their 20 overs, Rangpur Riders scored 165 runs for the loss of 5 wickets; the total was run by Gayle’s 46 followed by Rilee Rossouw’s 44. Benny Howell reached his half century batting at number six. Howell’s 53 came off 28 balls – the innings was adorned by 5 sixes and 3 fours.
Comilla Victorians will face the winner between Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders in the second qualifier in the summit clash of this year’s Bangladesh Premier League.