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35dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Rilee Rossouw's 61 guides Riders home in 195 chase

There were strong contributions from Alex Hales and AB de Villiers too, before a final push from Farhad Reza gave Riders the second-highest successful chase in BPL history

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Scorer: Dheemanth Raj | Commentator: @saurabh_42

That's all from us for this match, join us shortly for the second game of the day. Till then, this is Saurabh Somani signing off, on behalf of Dhemmanth too.

5.27pm David Warner: "It was a great game, but at the end a tad disappointing from our side. I want to pay credit to Sabbir, the way he came out and played. And obviously Pooran finished it off. 194 was above par and very defendable. But if you give four chances, you're going to have a tough time defending. And obviously they had the injection of AB, a world-class player around the world. The crowd is fantastic, I'm extremely grateful to BCB to let me come here and play. Great atmosphere. Hopefully my team can keep winning some games. We need to address some situations, one obviously being the bowling towards the end. General match awareness, not all guys are watching the captain all the time. The guys are giving it their all, there's no doubt about that."

Rilee Rossouw is the man of the match. Rode his luck but made 61 important runs. "It was a good game, unbelievable entertaining. The boys chased down a total, which we though they got maybe 10 runs too much. But serious team performance today. Got to give credit to our boys for keeping their nerve. The boys at the back end finished it very well."

Mashrafe Mortaza: "If we had lost this, we might have been out of the tournament. We chose the difficult way to win, but it's nice, we got our confidence back. We can play the next match with confidence. Our batting depth is not very strong, but our top four are the most destructive players in the world. So we had the confidence that if we can score 60-65 in the Powerplay without losing wickets we can win, because AB is there. We are lucky enough that we could finish. The last few matches we couldn't. Today was 50-50, credit to Farhad for the way he hit."

5.15pm Thrilling match, but Sixers might rue their fielding lapses. Those might have cost them the game. Otherwise, if you have eight overs of Mohammad Irfan and Sandeep Lamichhane and 194 to defend, you should be winning 9 times out of 10. Not to speak of four overs from Taskin Ahmed.

AB de Villiers begins his BPL career with a win. "I was seeing the ball nicely. I always love finishing games in those situations, unfortunately didn't happen. But great win for the team. Great crowd and atmosphere. The wicket is a little bit low, the way I got out kind of surprised me, skidded off the deck. But I've played all around the world and am experienced enough to adjust. But like I said, it means a lot to the team that we pulled through."

Alok Kapali to Farhad Reza, FOUR runs, Farhad Reza take a bow He was hit for a few sixes when he bowled, and he's kept his cool to take Riders to a thrilling win now. This was full on the stumps, and he went straight again, as he has done in the last over. Nailed the straight drive once again, and the ball has crashed into the ropes. Sylhet won't send off Warner with a win. Riders, move above them in the points table.
Alok Kapali to Farhad Reza, no run, down the track and flicks, but short midwicket intercepts. Dot ball!
Alok Kapali to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 leg bye, drifts on the pads, he misses with the flick but the ball rolls away to the leg-side for a single

The sun is setting. Over Sylhet and over Sylhet Sixers. Only 5 needed off the last over

19 | 19 Runs | RR: 190/6 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 5.00)

  • Farhad Reza14 (4b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza5 (2b)
  • Mehedi Hasan Rana4-0-57-0
  • Taskin Ahmed4-0-42-4
Mehedi Hasan Rana to Farhad Reza, SIX runs, smashed! that might be the hit that has turned the match. low full toss and he's hit it straight back over long-on. That went high and handsome and it ends an over in which 19 runs came! Game-changing

11 off 7. Tense scenes

Mehedi Hasan Rana to Farhad Reza, 2 runs, wide outside off and he goes at it hard. He seems to have found the gap but Warner runs from long-off to extra cover, dives and saves two runs.

13 off 8

Mehedi Hasan Rana to Farhad Reza, 2 runs, scoops it from outside off into the no-man's land between the in-field and the boundary riders

15 off 9

Riders 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0CH GayleAD Hales
2nd63AD HalesRR Rossouw
3rd67AB de VilliersRR Rossouw
4th7AB de VilliersMohammad Mithun
5th34Mohammad MithunNahidul Islam
6th0Mashrafe MortazaNahidul Islam
7th24Mashrafe MortazaFarhad Reza

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