Rangpur Riders v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2013, Chittagong January 31, 2013

Nazmul leads Sylhet to close victory

Sylhet Royals 126 for 5 (Milon 45*, Nasir 2-19) beat Rangpur Riders 122 (Shamsur 52, Smith 3-23, Gazi 3-20) by five wickets

Sylhet Royals prevailed in a tight contest against Rangpur Riders after Nazmul Hossain Milon's late charge. The five-wicket win, their sixth of the season, gave the Royals a clear lead at the top of the points table.

Known for his ability to clear the boundary, Milon has lived up to his reputation so far in the tournament with some short bursts in the middle order. On Thursday, he hit one over deep midwicket off Nasir Hossain and when the asking rate rose in the last five overs, Milon blasted Fidel Edwards over cover and drove Abdur Razzak straight and edged him past the wicketkeeper. The late blows put the Royals firmly in control and they won with three balls to spare. Milon remained unbeaten on 45 off 29 balls.

Milon added 37 for the fifth wicket with captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 17 off 24 balls, before finishing the chase with Elton Chigumbura, who was unbeaten on 10. Earlier in the innings, opener Dwayne Smith had scored 31 off 21 balls but Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Mominul Haque fell cheaply.

The Riders had imploded from a position of strength after they were sent in to bat. From 101 for 1 in the 15th over, they collapsed to 122 all out, the same score they had been dismissed for in the last game. The platform had been set by Shamsur Rahman's third half-century in the competition, 52 off 46 balls with five fours and a six, but it was wasted.

Smith and Sohag Gazi picked up three wickets each, while Dirk Nannes took two for the Royals.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mahafuz on February 1, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    two close matches......bad captaincy by abdur razzak.....edwards should have bowled 17th and 19th over....look at hodge he used azhar mahmood in the 17th and 19th over.....u do not want ur prime bowler to have over left.....take the game to the last over then anyone can bowl it.....razzak had even less runs to defend then hodge....u can argue razzak is the second highest wicket taker......but in that scenario edwards will always be more useful.....this is very elementary.....in another note the curator should water the pitch a bit more

  • Syed on January 31, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Shamsur and Nazmul Millon are good players hope they continue and get a chance in national team. When Gazi played t20 i always thought he was an expensive bowler but he is proving me wrong inshallah it will continue !

  • Yalda on January 31, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    I think some of the credit should go to Mohammad Nabi cause he took the crucial wicket. All the Sylhet I'm one your supporters!!!

  • Mohammed on January 31, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Milon along with Shamsur Rahman have been very impressive!! Hope that they continue to score..

    And Shohag Gazi has been spot on in every match!!

  • Sami on January 31, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Sohag Gazi the current leading wicket taker so far in BPL 2 has been some find for Bangladesh and vitally important that it wasn't another one of these countless left arm spinners we seem to produce.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 31, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    @ Ahnaf Bin Hasan ....I would rather prefer Sabbir Rahman for d national team in d future,he is technically perfect has d strike rate,knows how to defend and has d nerves to play d long innings too .....dont see Milon getting any spot between anamul,nasir,mominul,sakib,mahmudullah or musfiq .

  • Shipu on January 31, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Syhlet have become smart this time around on how to go about their business and deserve to go through to the play-offs. Clearly them and Dhaka want to keep hold on these top 2 positions and not play in the eliminator so they can get another chance if these lose the first play off match.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Good match, Rangpur really needs to work on their batting though. Nice to see sylhet win it.

    Everytime I see Nazmul, I am thinking here is a decent player with sense of responsibility.

    Maybe we can see him in the national team soon.

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