6th Bangladesh Premier League
Riders swamp Sixers in run-flooded clash
Rangpur Riders beat Sylhet Sixers by four wickets in the high scoring match of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019 on Saturday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet.
In the very eventful duel, Riders won the toss and preferred to chase. Homies however, were ready to bite from the early. Devastating opening pair combining Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman started their aggression from the very first over. Liton smashed Mashrafe for big in the fourth ball of the second over, who hurried at the very next delivery of clever Mash to be caught by Farhad Reza.
But Sabbir swing his swords around the ground after a long gap and played his best innings of post-ban career. He hammered five fenced hits and sent ball on space for six times to collect 85 runs from 51 deliveries. This is the highest individual score of the ongoing BPL.
Teenager Afif Hasan showed same aggressiveness but was ill-fated to be sidelined by a direct hit of Rilee Rossouw scoring 19 runs. But Nicholas Pooran created Caribbean storm to prove Rangpur attack straw. With his 244, the second highest run getter of the tournament, scored 47 runs yesterday as well from 27 facings. Pooran is the leading six hitters of the tournament with 18, who sent ball trice over the top last day as well.
Tinny start of 19 runs from skipper David Warner alongside Sabbir-Pooran display gave Double Ss the highest team total of the current session BPL. But the record sustained for one and a half hour only. Sixers set 195 runs' target for Riders from stipulated 20 overs losing four wickets.
Mashrafe was the most successful Riders bowler with twin dismissals while Shafiul Islam took one.
Riders with mightier line-up including Mr. 360 degree AB de Villiers, were more attacking to reach the longer post despite losing big man Chris Gayle yet before putting anything on the board. Rilee Rossouw and Alex Hales were not to be tamed. They stood 63 runs' windy partnership to lay the foundation for Riders. Hales hit big to Alok Kapali when he was 33 but had been caught at deeper by Liton Das.
Rilee Rossouw, the horse of long race for Riders, was dropped thrice by Sixers. He got his first life when he just opened his account followed by two drop catches at 13 and 20. SS compensated the catch misses with the defeat as Rossouw butchered Sixers before depart the 22 yards scoring 61 runs.
The leading scorer of the tournament with 349 runs Rossouw was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Proteas great AB de Villiers scored 34 runs in his maiden BPL innings standing 67-run joint venture with Rossouw to ease the pressure. But Forhad Reza's cameo in death overs was the pivotal for RRs victory. He created whirlwind in his six facing to gather 18 runs towards Riders victory keeping four wickets in hand and three balls to spare.
Taskin Ahmed soared at top of the leading wicket takers list hauling four wickets. That was his second four-wicket haul in the BPL in progress.
The match was very important for both the sides to breathe comfortably, where Riders smiled big in the end but Sixers sunk more.