20 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | KT: 149/8 (22 runs required, RR: 7.45)

  • Shafiul Islam7 (4b)
  • Mohammad Amir1 (1b)
  • Andre Russell4-0-32-2
  • Mohammad Irfan4-1-18-2

11.15 pm: Well that's that. We have come to the end of the BPL. A bit surprising to see Russell get the Man of the Match and Man of the Tournament, but you can't say he didn't deserve it. Contributed with bat, ball and leadership. On that note, this is Saurabh Somani, signing off.

And Andre Russell of course, is also the winning skipper. "I just want to thank this bunch of guys. We stuck together through our good times and bad times. Tonight we really got a challenge in the first ten overs. But in T20 cricket, the game is not away till the last ball is bowled. Everyone chipped in with runs tonight. I'm a confident captain. It was a bit rocky at the start of the tournament, getting to understand the guys. Not everyone speaks English where I can have a one on one chat with them, but these guys are real professionals. I've played with them and against them in the BPL. (Tigers) gave us a very good challenge. They beat us twice and we beat them twice. As I said before, once we get to 170-180 - runs on the board in the final will bring pressure. I just want to give everyone the credit. Even the guys who didn't play. And a big thanks to our fans."

Andre Russell is also the Man of the Tournament.

Andre Russell is the Man of the Match.

Mushfiqur Rahim: I'd like to say a very big thank you to all my teammates, and also to the coaching staff. They put in a lot over the tournament. I thought we have given 15 runs more than we should have, but the last four overs cost us a lot of runs and a few dropped catches. That cost us the game. There are 7 local players in the XI so they need to put up their hand and they did. We just weren't good enough in the final. If I get the chance to play again in the final, I want to give a good performance. I thought this BPL was excellent because all the local players performed well, and the overseas ones too. We have some good memories of this BPL.

11.08 pm: We're finally ready for the presentations.

Rizwan Zafar: "Russell Irfan and Malik all contributed but I think Nawaz played a decisive role in this match both with the bat and ball. He is my MOM." - think most people would agree with that.

11.00 pm: We'll have the presentations for you shortly.

Liton Das: Absolutely brilliant effort from all the guys. We're very happy with this feeling. I'm enjoying batting with Afif. We thought we will hit out after the first few overs and settle in.

10.50 pm: Fine all-round performance by Rajashahi, reflected in the 21-run margin at the end. Khulna Tigers were in with a shout for 75% of the chase, but crumbled at the death. Rajshahi Royals have lifted their first ever BPL trophy, and Andre Russell is a proud man, as he should be. Smiles and hugs all around in the Rajshahi camp. They're enjoying their moment. They put on their best for the final stages. Mushfiqur Rahim, the losing skipper, also congratulates the players from the edge of the boundary.

Russell to Shafiul Islam, FOUR runs, fuller on the stumps, drives it past mid-off to finish with a boundary, but Rajshahi Royals have won the BPL.
Russell to Shafiul Islam, 2 runs, fuller and a crisp cover drive unleashed. Great fielding by the man on the cover fence who sprints and dives to his right to save the boundary
Russell to Shafiul Islam, no run, back of a length outside off, he tries to slash but can't connect
Russell to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, backs away but Russell follows him
Russell to Shahidul Islam, OUT, fuller length on middle and leg, he tries to hoick it to cow corner, but inside edges onto pad, from where it crashes into the stumps. This is ending tamely

Shahidul Islam b Russell 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Russell to Shafiul Islam, 1 run, fuller on leg stump, he's making room but can only drive it to long-on

19 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | KT: 141/7 (30 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 30.00)

  • Shahidul Islam0 (5b)
  • Shafiul Islam0 (0b)
  • Mohammad Irfan4-1-18-2
  • Andre Russell3-0-24-1
Mohammad Irfan to Shahidul Islam, no run, goes way across to scoop it this length ball, and can't connect. It goes to the keeper who appeals immediately and the batsman is given out caught behind. The umpire thought there was some bat on it, but the batsman doesn't think so, because he's gone up to review immediately. And replays show why, because the ball didn't touch anything of bat or glove. No wicket, but it's still a maiden.
Mohammad Irfan to Shafiul Islam, no run, backs away to have a thrash at it but can only connect with air. Length ball zips through over the stumps

It looks like it's gone beyond the Tigers now.

Mohammad Irfan to Frylinck, OUT, back of a length outside off, he rocks back to pull. Gets more height than distance and he can only pick out deep midwicket

R Frylinck c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Irfan 12 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

19th over and no runs off the bat still...

Mohammad Irfan to Frylinck, no run, back of a length outside off, he wanted to pull it square but can't connect
Mohammad Irfan to Shahidul Islam, 1 leg bye, another bouncer, he can't get into position to pull in time and wears the blow on his shoulder
Mohammad Irfan to Shahidul Islam, no run, vicious bouncer. Pitched back of a length on off and took off, whistling past the batsman's shoulder

ZMZahid : "If Royals going to my candidate for MOM is Nawaz. 41 (20) balls and a key wicket of Roussow with good economy 1/28 (4)"

18 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | KT: 140/6 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.77, RRR: 15.50)

  • Shahidul Islam0 (1b)
  • Robbie Frylinck12 (13b)
  • Andre Russell3-0-24-1
  • Mohammad Irfan3-0-18-1
Russell to Shahidul Islam, 1 leg bye, fuller on the pads, tries to flick it, takes the pad and goes fine but the keeper is moving to his left and manages to stop the ball with a dive
Russell to Shahidul Islam, 5 wides, digs it in short but way down the legside and it takes off. Even the keeper can't get to it. Five wides
Russell to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, yorked him. Skipper gets skipper at a key moment with a superb ball. Yorker swinging into him on middle stump, Mushfiqur was trying to give himself room and go inside out. He doesn't connect, the ball does - with the stumps.

Mushfiqur Rahim b Russell 21 (15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Russell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, yorker outside off, tries to drive but can't connect. Dot ball
Russell to Frylinck, 1 run, short ball outside off, he goes to pull, inside edges onto his body. The ball rolls towards the bowler but they take a quick single
Russell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full toss on the pads, flicked to deep square leg
Russell to Frylinck, 1 run, full on the stumps, punched down the ground

17 | 11 Runs | KT: 131/5 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 13.33)

  • Mushfiqur Rahim20 (12b)
  • Robbie Frylinck10 (11b)
  • Mohammad Irfan3-0-18-1
  • Kamrul Islam4-0-29-2
Mohammad Irfan to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs, short ball outside off, he cuts it over backward point. Third man can't cut it off in time
Mohammad Irfan to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs, and that's the most productive shot of the day - a top edge that goes for four. Was clearing his leg to go over cow corner, big heave and takes a top edge that flies over the keeper
Mohammad Irfan to Frylinck, 1 run, keeping tight lines is Irfan, length on off, and the batsman can only squirt it to third man
Mohammad Irfan to Frylinck, no run, fuller on off, driven along the ground to mid-off. Hit hard so there is no scope for a single.

Tigers 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0Najmul Hossain ShantoMehidy Hasan Miraz
2nd11Shamsur RahmanMehidy Hasan Miraz
3rd74Shamsur RahmanRR Rossouw
4th16Shamsur RahmanMushfiqur Rahim
5th4Mushfiqur RahimNajibullah Zadran
6th29Mushfiqur RahimR Frylinck
7th7Shahidul IslamR Frylinck
8th1Shahidul IslamShafiul Islam
9th7Shafiul IslamMohammad Amir

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