Shakib Al Hasan again led the Rangpur Riders with his all-round performance to earn their third win as the Riders beat Sylhet Superstars by six runs in a low scoring match of BPL-3 at Sher-e-Bangla National cricket Stadium on Thursday.
With this win Rangpur are now at the top of the point table with six points in four matches while Sylhet are at the bottom losing all the matches.
The misery continued for Sylhet. In the first two matches they fall short by one runs and this time by six runs.
Electing to bat first Rangpur scored a paltry total of 109 runs for nine in 20 overs riding on the innings of Shakib and Thisara Perera. After playing an anchoring innings of 33 runs Shakib, who was named man of the match later, also hauled three wickets to packed Sylhet for 103 runs.
Shakib showed his dominance over Sylhet's batters form the very first over knocking down Josh Cobb (0). Then Dilshan Munaweera and Mominul Haque added 26 runs for the second wicket stand to repair the early damage. But Shakib brought the breakthrough hauling the wickets of Dilshan Munaweera (17 off 11) who was becoming a threat for Rangpur.
Mominul played some spectacular shots to score 29 off 23 with six fours but become a controversial LBW victim of Perera.
After that Sylhet lost their wickets at regular intervals. But like the first match Mushfiq guided the Superstars from one ends.
In the last two overs Sylhet needed 14 runs to win. They could mange seven runs in the 19th over and needed seven runs more in six balls with one wicket remaining. But unfortunately Ajantha Medis was on strike and bowled in the second ball as the last man.
Mushfiq who was unbeaten with a 34-ball 25 helplessly saw his team once again bowed down to chase a low total.
Earlier, the staring of Rangpur were quite well. Soumya and Simmons added 17 runs in the first two overs. But once again Soumya was dismissed playing poor a shot. In the third over Shahid hauled the wicket of Soumya (7).
Then they lost some quick wickets. Lendl Simmons was became a run out victim scoring 13 runs. Mohammad Mithun who scored well in the previous matches failed to click in this match and went back to the shed scoring only four runs.
Then Shakib and Jahurul showed some resistance adding 17 runs for the fourth wicket pair. But they failed to continue it as Jahurul was became run out scoring eight.
Once again Shakib and Thisara Perera made pair to pull the Riders back on track. The duo added precious 26 runs for the fifth wicket stand before Thisara was bowled by Bopara scoring a 20-ball 21 runs with two sixes. With the fall of the wicket of Thisara, Rangpur were derailed as they lost their wickets at regular intervals. But it was Shakib who guided the Riders from the opposite end to cross 100 runs mark.
On the day Shakib hit his first six of this BPL playing four matches. He came to bat in the third over and was dismissed in the last over scoring a 37-ball 33 runs. He was dismissed by Shahid who grabbed four wickets for 12 runs.