Rajshahi Royals beat Chattogram Challengers by 2 wickets in thrilling BPL Qualifier 2
Rajshahi Royals beat Chattogram Challengers by 2 wickets in their BPL Qualifier 2 encounter to reach the BPL 2019/20 Final against Khulna Tigers on Friday. Andre Russell was the hero, hitting an amazing 54* off 22 balls (inc 7x6s and 2x4s) to snatch victory from Chattogram Challengers.
Chattogram Challengers 164-9 (20 Ovs) – (Mahmudullah 33, Chris Gayle 60, Asela Gunaratne 31; Mohammad Irfan 2-16, Mohammad Nawaz 2-13)
Rajshahi Royals 165-8 (19.2 Ovs) – (Andre Russell 54*, Irfan Sukkur 45; Ziaur Rahman 1-16, Rubel Hossain 2-32)
Result – Rajshahi Royals won by 2 wickets
Rajshahi Royals won the toss and decided to bowl against Chattogram Challengers in the BPL Qualifier 2 match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka today.
Mahmudullah (33) and Chris Gayle (60 off 24 deliveries) were storming along for the Challengers and they were, at one stage 97-2, off 9 overs looking at a 200+ total. However, with Gayle and Mahmudullah out in successive overs, they quickly found themselves 117-5 and in some trouble.
The Challengers then struggled to a disappointing 164 – 9 off their 20 overs with Asela Gunaratne (31) the only other batsman to register a significant score - Mohammad Irfan 2-16 and Mohammad Nawaz 2-13 were the pick of the bowlers for Rajshahi Royals, who would have been extremely happy with their performance at the halfway stage.
In reply, Rajshahi Royals chased the runs down, scoring165-8 in 19.2 Overs, mainly thanks to an astonishing rear-guard innings from Andre Russell 54* off 22 balls (inc 7x6s and 2x4s). Irfan Sukkur 45 also chipped in with the bat and Ziaur Rahman 1-16 and Rubel Hossain 2-32 were the pick of the bowlers for the Challengers.
Rajshahi Royals will now meet the Khulna Tigers in the BPL 2019/20 Final on Friday at 1PM GMT
Rajshahi Royals - Liton Das (wk), Afif Hossain, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Sukkur, Alok Kapali, Andre Russell (c), Farhad Reza, Mohammad Nawaz, Kamrul Islam, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Irfan
Bench - Ravi Bopara, Taijul Islam, Nahidul Islam, Hazratullah Zazai, Minhajul Abedin Afridi
Chattogram Challengers - Chris Gayle, Ziaur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah (c), Chadwick Walton, Nurul Hasan (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Rayad Emrit, Rubel Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan Rana
Bench - Liam Plunkett, Junaid Siddique, Muktar Ali
Toss: Rajshahi Royals won the toss and decided to bowl
Time: 12:30 PM GMT
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Mahfuzur Rahman, David Millns Third Umpire: Morshed Ali Khan Match Referee; Raqibul Hasan
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