Rangpur Riders 175 for 6 (Mithun 62, Dawson 46, Taijul 2-27) beat Barisal Bulls 163 (Mendis 57, Gazi 3-19) by 12 runs
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Mohammad Mithun’s 44-ball 62 contained six fours and two sixes © Raton Gomes
Offspinner Sohag Gazi struck twice with the new ball, and defended 19 off a frenetic last over, which included two run-outs and a wicket, to give Rangpur Riders their third win in BPL 2016-17. The result took Rangpur to six points, level with Barisal Bulls and Khulna Titans.
The match swung from one end to another, before Gazi sealed the deal. Chasing 176, Barisal lost Dilshan Munaweera off the first ball, and soon became 48 for 3. But Jeevan Mendis and Nadif Chowdhury brought their team back into the game with a 74-run stand for the fourth wicket. Just as they threatened to cut loose, Nadif holed out to deep cover in the 16th over off Shahid Afridi.
Mendis, having made 57 in his first BPL appearance this season then, fell to the scoreboard pressure in the 18th over. The caught-behind decision was a dubious one, with replays suggesting no signs of an edge. Thisara Perera, however, gave Barisal hope by blasting Afridi for a huge six over long-on, where he was dropped the previous ball by Rubel. The equation was reduced to 29 off the last two overs.
Rubel’s first ball of the 19th over – a full toss was dispatched for a six over square leg – but he fought back with the wickets of Emrit and Abu Hider off successive balls. He ultimately gave away ten runs in that over, leaving Thisara and Kamrul Islam Rabbi needing 20 off the final over.
Rabbi was run-out off the first ball, before Taijul Isam slammed Gazi over long-on for a six. But the bowler had him stumped off the next ball, Mohammad Shahzad completing his fifth dismissal, the most by a wicketkeeper in the BPL. Barisal’s innings ended in the next ball when Arafat Sunny did a Jonty Rhodes, running in and diving into the stumps to run Al-Amin out.
Earlier, Gazi had impressed with the new ball too. For the third successive match, he took a wicket in his first over, this time Dilshan Munaweera getting caught down the leg side for a duck. Gazi then dismissed Shahriar Nafees for 12. When Mushfiqur was undone by Liam Dawson, Barisal stumbled to 48 for 3. Then Mendis and Nadif joined forces to revive the chase.
Nadif, in his first innings in this season’s BPL slammed Senanayake for three sixes in the 14th over, which eventually yielded 24 runs. Mendis, who was reprieved on 42 by Arafat Sunny at deep square leg, went onto make his second T20 fifty, but it wasn’t enough.
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Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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