14dThe Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Taskin's four-for helps Sylhet defend 168

After Warner, Afif Hossain and Pooran lifted Sixers from a poor start, Vikings stumbled after starting strongly in the chase to lose by five runs

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Commentator: Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx)

20 | 18 Runs | CHV: 163/7 (6 runs required, RR: 8.15)

  • R Frylinck44 (24b)
  • Sunzamul Islam2 (2b)
  • Al-Amin Hossain4-0-57-0
  • Mohammad Irfan4-0-35-0

4.20pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you in 15 minutes for the next game between Rajshahi Kings and Khulna Titans. Till then, on behalf of everyone here, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off.

4.14pm Time for the presentation.

Sylhet Sixers captain David Warner: "You always worry a little bit, but we scrapped very well with the bat after being 3 for 6. To post that total after a poor start was useful. I told Afif to bat all 20 overs, but he plays how he plays, backed himself, and credit to him. He's going to do well for us in the tournament. We put time into practice for those catches, but credit to the bowlers. Whatever we discussed, it came off today. We got a wicket every time I made a change. But credit to Frylinck as well, he played well."

Nicholas Pooran is the Man of the Match: "Want to thank my coaches. It wasn't a big total to be honest. We knew our strength was our bowling, so no matter what total we get we back ourselves to defend it. Just doing the basics. Batting with David, he said to bat deep. When a ball gets older, it was stopping a bit."

Chittagong Vikings captain Mushfiqur Rahim: "First of all, it was a great game of cricket. But better team won. We started well with the ball, but I thought Afif batted well, allowing Warner to ease the pressure. But the wicket was still good to bat on, and we didn't bat as well in the middle overs. Frylinck bowled really well."

4.03pm And Sylhet Sixers earn their first win of the season. A tight game, worthy of being a BPL contest. Frylinck starred with both bat and ball, but unfortunately he didn't get much support from his team-mates in either department. David Warner, Afif Hossain and Nicholas Pooran batted well for Sixers, after which Taskin's four-wicket haul derailed Vikings. Another positive thing, is that the team batting first wins a T20 contest. Doesn't happen too often here. Stick around for the presentation.

Taskin: "Intensity of this game was high. Every single over, anything could've won. So we couldn't relax. I'm happy, but what I felt was hitting the deck hard was important on this surface."

Rashid: "it was worth watching this match"

Ashfiq: "I am really impressed by Frylinck's power hitting ."

Md. Riyad : "So close, yet so far. You gotta feel for this guy. Frylinck! you beauty."

Al-Amin Hossain to Frylinck, 1 run, low full toss, wide outside off and Frylinck drills it straight to the bowler. He sticks his hand out, and stops the ball from going for four. Sixers win by five runs!

Seven needed off 1 ball

Al-Amin Hossain to Frylinck, 2 runs, yorker just outside off, and he bunts it over the bowler's head. Long-on intercepts, and Frylinck comes back for the second
Al-Amin Hossain to Frylinck, SIX runs, full on off, and he smacks this into the first tier! Full on off stump, and he swings across the line to deposit a maximum
Al-Amin Hossain to Frylinck, 2 runs, full on off again, and he hammers this over the bowler's head again.But the shot doesn't have as much power... lands between long-off and long-on
Al-Amin Hossain to Frylinck, SIX runs, over long off! Low full toss on off stump, and he manages to whack this right over the bowler's head. Enough behind that shot, to clear the boundary
Al-Amin Hossain to Sunzamul Islam, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, and he's bunted a leg-side slog to deep midwicket

Vikings 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6CS DelportMohammad Shahzad
2nd57Mohammad AshrafulCS Delport
3rd6Mohammad AshrafulMushfiqur Rahim
4th5Mushfiqur RahimSikandar Raza
5th20Sikandar RazaMosaddek Hossain
6th37R FrylinckSikandar Raza
7th0R FrylinckNayeem Hasan
8th32R FrylinckSunzamul Islam

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