1st match, Sylhet, Nov 4 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(16.5/20 ov, target 137)
Sixers won by 9 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Sylhet Thunder
• The Report by Mohammad Isam in Sylhet

Sylhet announce BPL arrival with thumping win

Sylhet Sixers, the newest team in the Bangladesh Premier League, announced their arrival with a nine-wicket thumping of the defending champions Dhaka Dynamites in a packed 18,000-capacity Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

Match centre 
Scorer: MV Raghav
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Dhaka Dynamites136/7(20 overs)
Sylhet Sixers137/1(16.5 overs)

5.29pm So that's all from the tournament opener in Sylhet. Rajshahi v Rangpur starts soon. Catch us there for all the action from Match No. 2 in just a little while. Goodbye for now!

5.22pm Time for the presentation ceremony.

Upul Tharanga is the Man of the Match. He says: "Chasing small targets are always tricky. We went after the bowling in the first six, and got easy for us after that. The way Fletcher played (going after the bowling), I just did my normal job."

Winning captain Nasir Hossain says: "Pretty happy and proud to win the first games. Our bowlers bowled well in the first six overs to get the momentum towards us. Our plans worked out. Thank you to the crowd for supporting us and hope they come and support us every match. Hope to see all of you tomorrow and hope you continue to support cricket."

Losing captain Shakib Al Hasan: "We didn't play according to our potential. Still very early in the tournament, and hopefully we can bounce back. It's a nice venue, we played a domestic tournament here, and it looks good. Hopefully there will be some international matches in the future. We have to come back stronger, and with the team we have we know we can do that. We aim to go all the way."

Tharanga's here: "Credit to bowlers to keep them under 140. Starting off with a win is really good. Everyone did well today, but especially Fletcher. The way he played allowed me to bat easily. He was outstanding. Pitch was good, it got a bit slower, but our bowlers basically adapted well. And when we started to bat, the batting got easy."

5.11pm Quite easily done then, eh? Sylhet Sixers cruise to victory with more than three overs to spare. It was a tricky target, but the openers Tharanga and Fletcher made quick work of the moderate score. They were never in trouble, and to be honest, cantered to the win in front of their home crowd. The Sixers bowlers, led by Liam Plunkett and Nasir Hossain, kept the target down to 137, and deserve the same applause as their openers. Dhaka Dynamites - loaded with Sangakkara, Pollard and Shakib - could not post a big enough total on a decent batting surface, and that came to haunt them eventually. We'll be back with the presentation very soon.

Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run
short on middle, pulled past midwicket, and that's the win! Sylhet Sixers win by nine wickets in the tournament opener

Scores are tied

Pollard to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run
pitched short on middle, forces Sabbir to tiptoe, worked off his body towards the leg side for a quick run. Played with soft hands
Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run
short and very slow outside leg stump, Forces Tharanga to wait on the back foot, turned past square leg for a single
Pollard to Tharanga, no run
full on leg stump, pushed down the ground to Pollard. Tharanga's in no hurry
Pollard to Tharanga, no run
good length on off stump, punched off the back foot
Pollard to Sabbir Rahman, 2 wides
awry delivery, short on leg stump and goes down the leg side, the keeper dives to his left but can't grab onto it

Supun: "Upul Tharanga from Sri Lanka or kidding? Never seen him batting like this"

end of over 168 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 132/1CRR: 8.25 • RRR: 1.25 • Need 5 from 24b
Upul Tharanga67 (44)
Sabbir Rahman1 (1)
Adil Rashid4-0-31-1
Kieron Pollard1-0-7-0
Rashid to Tharanga, FOUR runs
back of a length outside off, Tharanga allows the ball to come to him and shovels this over mid on's head, no stopping that once the ball clears the infield.
Rashid to Tharanga, 2 runs
flatter outside off, tries to cut and takes the outside edge. There's a fielder at first slip but goes past him. More runs
Rashid to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run
tossed up outside off, driven square past cover's left for a single. There's a sweeper positioned at deep extra

Too little too late, you'd think. Sabbir in now.

Rashid to Fletcher, OUT
tossed up on middle, Fletcher decides to slog this over midwicket, but can't make the connection. It's in the air and cow corner gets under it. Takes a diving catch forward and the big-hitter has to go. Fletcher looks at the toe end of his bat while leaving. Standing ovation from his team-mates
ADS Fletcher c Lewis b Rashid 63 (51b 5x4 3x6) SR: 123.52
Rashid to Fletcher, no run
defended towards short cover, good length on middle and Fletcher can't free his arms
Rashid to Tharanga, 1 run
punched of the back foot to long on, it's short on middle and Tharanga is more than happy to rotate the strike
end of over 157 runs
ST: 124/0CRR: 8.26 • RRR: 2.60 • Need 13 from 30b
Upul Tharanga60 (41)
Andre Fletcher63 (49)
Kieron Pollard1-0-7-0
Abu Hider3-0-27-0
Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run
bowls this using as much of the crease's width as possible, slow and short on middle and leg and angles away from the left hander, tries to cut late but it's too close to his body. Can't make the contact he is looking for, and the ball dribbles away to the fielder at short third man
Pollard to Fletcher, 1 run
full and wide outside off, crunched to deep backward point off the front foot. Uses the bat's open face to play it on the full
Pollard to Tharanga, 1 run
slow outside off, tries to push this past cover but takes the inside edge and dribbles away to the leg side. No one close to the bat and allows Tharanga to go to the non-striker's end

Ihsaan: "I was looking forward to watching Sabbir Rahman bat, guess I have to wait until tomorrow now " -- Pollard pulls out of the delivery at the last moment. We've got to redo this all over again

Pollard to Fletcher, 1 run
back of a length just outside off again, this time he can glance the ball to short third man for the single
Pollard to Fletcher, no run
slow outside off, loopy bounce after pitching on a good length, Fletcher tries to play it fine past the keeper but he can't connect with the late cut. Goes over the bat's blade and through to Sangakkara
Pollard to Fletcher, 1 wide
back of a length on middle and angles down the leg side. Free runs for Sylhet

slight hold up here, looks like Fletcher wants new gloves but that's not happening mid over. The batsman will have to wait

Match details
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
TossSylhet Sixers , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Upul Tharanga
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20
Match days04 November 2017 (20-over match)
Masudur Rahman
TV Umpire
Tanvir Ahmed
Match Referee
Debabrata Paul
PointsSylhet Sixers 2, Dhaka Dynamites 0