Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Thanks for joining us tonight. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. I certainly enjoyed bringing it to you. Until next time, it's goodbye from the commentary desk. Cheers!

Mahmudullah: We needed a good start, and the wicket played a lot better tonight, so we knew we had the batting to get there. The bowlers did well to pull back their total. Credit to Cooper and Al-Amin, and then later Seekkuge contributed as well. And then of course, the way Nafees and Sabbir batted was incredible. We know what Sabbir is capable of, and he proved everyone right today. He is a big match player. We've been playing good cricket as a team. One more game to come, and hopefully we'll step up there. We're happy as a team, but it will be nicer to win in the final.

Shakib: I think we put on a decent total, even thought I thought we were 10 short. Dew played a part in the game, I thought. Credit to Sabbir and Barisal for taking the game away from us. Everyone did their part, we gave it our 100%, it wasn't our day.

Sabbir Rahman has been named Player of the Match for his 49-ball 79, his second-best T20 score

kotireddy: " Barisal Bulls team reminds me of Rajasthan Royals of IPL. They didn't have big-ticket players, but made merry with the whatever limited enough stock that was available, hoping they would win the Final"

The Sabbir-Shahriar stand was the highest-ever third-wicket stand in three editions of the BPL so far. What a time to deliver.

Rayad Emrit: Gayle spoke to the team this morning. He said we've won without him, so tonight shouldn't be too different. Great to see the guys back themselves. We will celebrate, but the job is only half done. We have an important final coming up. Comilla have done well, so we will need to play well to beat them

Chris Gayle is set to leave for the airport later tonight to join his Big Bash League franchise. Are Barisal going to make an effort to stop him? The entire team has broken into song and dance. Terrific scenes at the Sher-e-Bangla!

What a mouth-watering final clash we have in store. Comilla Victorians v Barisal Bulls

Heartbreaking loss for Rangpur, but must admit Barisal have been absolutely clinical. They were chasing a big total. Didn't have the services of the Big Jamaican Chris Gayle, but Sabbir ensured they never fell back on the asking rate. They've now chased five times and won on each occasion.

Perera to Cooper, FOUR runs, low full toss on middle and leg, Cooper lofts it nice and clean over deep midwicket. Everyone was inside the ring, so once it was up and over the infield, that was headed only one way
Perera to Cooper, 2 runs, backs away and drills it into the gap at deep cover, that should ease the nerves
Perera to Cooper, FOUR runs, shocking start to the final over. Low full toss down leg, he swings but gets a faint tickle that beats the wicketkeeper on the dive, into the fine leg boundary. Completely missed the length and is made to pay. Perera is disgusted

19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | BB: 153/5 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 8.00)

  • Rayad Emrit7 (4b)
  • Kevon Cooper0 (0b)
  • Darren Sammy4-0-36-1
  • Thisara Perera2-0-15-1
Sammy to Emrit, no run, yorker outside off, he looks to ease that behind point but can't get bat. Hits hit bat on the turf with disappointment
Sammy to Emrit, SIX runs, slower one outside off and he's nailed it. Fetches the slog from outside off and the ball is deposited deep into the deep midwicket stands. The owner is pumped. It was a slower one that went horribly wrong. That brings the game back into the balance
Sammy to Mahmudullah, OUT, looks to get across and loft it straight but can't time it well as Perera, at long-off, comes around to take the simplest of catches. No power behind that whatsoever. The captain is gone. Is that the game?

Mahmudullah c Perera b Sammy 5 (15m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Sammy to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, the mishit lands between the fielder running in from deep cover and long-off, they manage to come back for the second
Sammy to Emrit, 1 run, swung across the line, one bounce to long-on
Sammy to Emrit, 1 wide, sprays it way outside off, extra ball, extra run
Sammy to Mahmudullah, 1 run, scooped but one bounce to short fine as they scoot across for a single

18 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | BB: 142/4 (19 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 9.50)

  • Rayad Emrit0 (1b)
  • Mahmudullah2 (3b)
  • Thisara Perera2-0-15-1
  • Shakib Al Hasan4-0-29-1

Sammy with the ball now. Can he come up with a tight over? How many can Barisal leave for the last over. Thrilling stuff!

Perera to Emrit, no run, hit back to the bowler, excellent stop on his follow-through
Perera to Mahmudullah, 1 run, right into the blockhole on off, squeezed to long-off
Perera to Sabbir Rahman, OUT, this time, Sammy redeems himself at long-on. Wow, what a catch that is. Sabbir looks to go down town again, gets enough bat on it, or nearly. It was swirling in the air for a long long time, Sammy was running in from long-on initially but moves back quickly even as the ropes are lurking in the corner, he takes it cleanly but nearly overbalances, but has the presence of mind to balance himself nicely to pull off a stunner literally 1 millimeter in front of the ropes. He nearly fell over but managed to pull all his weight on his left leg to stay inside the field of play. Is that the catch that turns it? Sabbir has done his job. As far as catches go, I don't think you would have seen too many better than this. That can surely qualify into the 2015 catches of the year longlist, if ever there was one.

Sabbir Rahman c Sammy b Perera 79 (81m 49b 7x4 3x6) SR: 161.22

Perera to Sabbir Rahman, no run, yorker-length on middle, squeezed back to the bowler
Perera to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, lofted cleanly but he nearly found the fielder at long-on, good effort by Sammy running in, on another night, he would have taken that. The ball was dying on him and he looked just a bit off as he got down on that one, what's worse is they take the second too. Thisara lets out a cry of anguish
Perera to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat and squeezes it behind point, the boundary rider had to run 20 yards to his left by which time they finished the second quite easily

17 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | BB: 137/3 (24 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 8.00)

  • Mahmudullah1 (2b)
  • Sabbir Rahman75 (45b)
  • Shakib Al Hasan4-0-29-1
  • Arafat Sunny3-0-18-1
Shakib Al Hasan to Mahmudullah, no run, drilled back to the bowler, good stop
Shakib Al Hasan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, flatter one on middle and leg, he shuffles across and works it to midwicket
Shakib Al Hasan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, steps out and works it to long-off to get off the mark
Shakib Al Hasan to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, takes it on the full and turns it towards deep midwicket
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Bulls 2nd innings Partnerships

1st3S PrasannaRony Talukdar
2nd7S PrasannaSabbir Rahman
3rd124Shahriar NafeesSabbir Rahman
4th7MahmudullahSabbir Rahman
5th6RR EmritMahmudullah
6th16RR EmritKK Cooper

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