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402dThe Report by Mohammad Isam in Sylhet

Sylhet announce BPL arrival with thumping win

Sylhet Sixers, the newest team in the Bangladesh Premier League, announced their arrival with a nine-wicket thumping of the defending champions Dhaka Dynamites in a packed 18,000-capacity Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

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Scorer: MV Raghav | Commentator: Sreshth Shah

5.29pm So that's all from the tournament opener in Sylhet. Rajshahi v Rangpur starts soon. Catch us there for all the action from Match No. 2 in just a little while. Goodbye for now!

5.22pm Time for the presentation ceremony.

Upul Tharanga is the Man of the Match. He says: "Chasing small targets are always tricky. We went after the bowling in the first six, and got easy for us after that. The way Fletcher played (going after the bowling), I just did my normal job."

Winning captain Nasir Hossain says: "Pretty happy and proud to win the first games. Our bowlers bowled well in the first six overs to get the momentum towards us. Our plans worked out. Thank you to the crowd for supporting us and hope they come and support us every match. Hope to see all of you tomorrow and hope you continue to support cricket."

Losing captain Shakib Al Hasan: "We didn't play according to our potential. Still very early in the tournament, and hopefully we can bounce back. It's a nice venue, we played a domestic tournament here, and it looks good. Hopefully there will be some international matches in the future. We have to come back stronger, and with the team we have we know we can do that. We aim to go all the way."

Tharanga's here: "Credit to bowlers to keep them under 140. Starting off with a win is really good. Everyone did well today, but especially Fletcher. The way he played allowed me to bat easily. He was outstanding. Pitch was good, it got a bit slower, but our bowlers basically adapted well. And when we started to bat, the batting got easy."

5.11pm Quite easily done then, eh? Sylhet Sixers cruise to victory with more than three overs to spare. It was a tricky target, but the openers Tharanga and Fletcher made quick work of the moderate score. They were never in trouble, and to be honest, cantered to the win in front of their home crowd. The Sixers bowlers, led by Liam Plunkett and Nasir Hossain, kept the target down to 137, and deserve the same applause as their openers. Dhaka Dynamites - loaded with Sangakkara, Pollard and Shakib - could not post a big enough total on a decent batting surface, and that came to haunt them eventually. We'll be back with the presentation very soon.

16.5
1
Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run, short on middle, pulled past midwicket, and that's the win! Sylhet Sixers win by nine wickets in the tournament opener

Scores are tied

16.4
1
Pollard to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, pitched short on middle, forces Sabbir to tiptoe, worked off his body towards the leg side for a quick run. Played with soft hands
16.3
1
Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run, short and very slow outside leg stump, Forces Tharanga to wait on the back foot, turned past square leg for a single
16.2
0
Pollard to Tharanga, no run, full on leg stump, pushed down the ground to Pollard. Tharanga's in no hurry
16.1
0
Pollard to Tharanga, no run, good length on off stump, punched off the back foot
16.1
2w
Pollard to Sabbir Rahman, 2 wides, awry delivery, short on leg stump and goes down the leg side, the keeper dives to his left but can't grab onto it

Supun: "Upul Tharanga from Sri Lanka or kidding? Never seen him batting like this"

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