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Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Sreshth Shah

20 | 17 Runs 2 Wkts | RR: 180/7 | RR: 9.00

  • NLTC Perera28 (14b)
  • SL Malinga0 (0b)
  • Taskin Ahmed4-0-38-1
  • LM Reece2-0-13-1

10.04 pm That's all from Chittagong tonight. What a brilliant game we witnessed today. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the 28th BPL game, and we wish you a wonderful evening ahead. Tomorrow's a rest day but we'll be back day after. See you soon, but for now, it's Sreshth Shah signing off!

10.02 pm We're ready with the post-match presentation.

Winning captain and Man of the Match Mashrafe Mortaza: "Matches like these are always tight. Thisara did it beautifully last ball. Under pressure is always tough. I told Malinga not to run, because Thisara was the guy who could win it for us. (On batting at No. 3) it was a decision because I was there to slog everything. It was all luck."

Losing captain Luke Ronchi: "It was a good, close game of cricket and so feels bad to lose. Disappointed but looking forward, really. Lots of things to discuss with Taskin for the final ball, but it's a learning curve that it didn't come off. Our score was good, it was a good total to try and defend and they just played better cricket."

Aditya: "Now my prediction needs to be published... I already said whose boundary count will be more will win it... And RR did it in last ball and they won in the same ball too... Give a high five ..."

10.00 pm Wonderful sportsmanship on display here. Sikandar Raza lets Perera lead the players out of the ground. Handshakes all around but spare a thought for Taskin Ahmed. He bowled brilliantly today, except the last two balls. This is how fine the margins are in T20 cricket. The win belongs to Perera but also credit to Mashrafe Mortaza on choosing to pinch-hit from No. 3 on a day when Gayle and McCullum were not on song. Rangpur move to fourth on the table. Stick around for the presentation and reactions from the two captains.

Taskin Ahmed to Perera, SIX runs, I cannot believe it! It's a six! #Scenes here at Chittagong! The Rangpur Riders players race in to give Perera a bear hug! Taskin and Chittagong are distraught. It was a short ball on leg stump and Perera connects off the bat's middle. He knew it's a six as soon as it left his bat. Into the stands over midwicket. Rangpur Riders win by three wickets! It's a record chase, the highest total chased this season.
Taskin Ahmed to Perera, 1 wide, oh my god, it's a wide! Slow ball wide outside leg stump, Perera shuffles across to the off side a bit too much and misses the paddle. One crucial run, and now even the SuperOver can come into play. Three to win off the final ball

Sarkar dries the ball for Taskin. It's all on Perera now. A boundary will win it for Rangpur. Both teams on their feet.

Taskin Ahmed to Perera, 2 runs, short on leg stump, Perera backs away and pulls past midwicket. Perera wants two, and he'll get it. The keeper collected the throw very early but it was a wayward throw. He was nowhere near the stumps, allowing Perera to run through. Four needed off the last ball

What an important ball coming up...Perera on strike.

Taskin Ahmed to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, low full toss on middle, tries to slog over long on but takes a leading edge. In the air, and Soumya Sarkar catches it at long on. He holes out, but Perera gets back on strike because the batsmen crossed. Six runs to win. Two balls remaining.

Shahriar Nafees c Soumya Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Shahriar Nafees in now. Today at No. 8. Rangpur need six runs off three balls.

Taskin Ahmed to Perera, OUT, slow yorker outside leg stump, Perera misses the slog and then chooses to go for the bye. The keeper collects and his throw breaks the stump. Poor strategy from Rangpur, this.. Neither do Rangpur earn a run, but now Perera is no longer on strike

Nahidul Islam run out (†Anamul Haque) 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

oooh, six needed off four balls

Taskin Ahmed to Perera, SIX runs, short outside off, and carved over point for a six! Gets his front foot out of the way and slashes hard at the ball. It has got the distance. Hammered!

12 off five balls

Riders 2nd innings Partnerships

1st31CH GayleBB McCullum
2nd60CH GayleMashrafe Mortaza
3rd6CH GayleMohammad Mithun
4th32RS BoparaMohammad Mithun
5th34NLTC PereraMohammad Mithun
6th8NLTC PereraNahidul Islam
7th0Shahriar NafeesNLTC Perera
8th9SL MalingaNLTC Perera

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