Result
17th match, Dhaka, Nov 17 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
146/6
(17.3/20 ov, target 147)
150/3
Kings won by 7 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Rajshahi Royals
Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Sylhet Sixers146/6(20 overs)
Rajshahi Kings150/3(17.3 overs)
end of over 189 runs
RR: 150/3CRR: 8.57 
Zakir Hasan51 (26)
Mushfiqur Rahim25 (20)
Taijul Islam2.3-0-32-0
Tim Bresnan3-0-24-0

Rajshahi Kings, scrapping the bottom of the table leading into the game, revived their campaign and jumped to fifth with a seven wicket win over Sylhet Sixers in Mirpur. On what was a sluggish surface, thanks largely to the rain around, they found a new batting star in Zakir Hasan, who stroked an unbeaten half-century on BPL debut to convert a potentially tricky chase into a cruise. Mominul Haque set up the chase by making a sparkling 20-ball 25, while Mehidy Hasan starred with the ball, earlier in the day, to finish with figures of 4-0-12-1 in what was a disciplined bowling effort for large parts.

Daren Sammy: We would've taken anything under 150. The debutant Zakir just came back and batted brilliantly. They scored 60 odd in the last five overs. That's something we've to get better at. There's room for improvement, yes, we could've finished better in the first half. It's about taking responsibility. Like I said, it's good to see a debutant play fearless cricket. That's what I encourage the guys to do. Lot more games to play, we have to continue to improve in all departments.

Zakir Hasan wins the Player of the Match award on BPL debut

Mominul Haque: Wicket was tricky. It was turning, so we wanted to rotate strike and put the bad balls away. I don't think about me being called just a Test player. I want to improve with every innings.

Zakir Hasan was reprieved on 16 courtesy a no-ball, and boy has he responded superbly or what? The next two deliveries were belted for six, and those were the trigger he needed to launch himself into BPL 2017-18 in style. Rajshahi Kings have also elevated their net run rate in the process. On a sluggish wicket, he made batting look so easy that a potentially tricky target turned into a cruise.

So, after three wins in a row, Sylhet Sixers have now been brought back to earth with two successive losses. Quite a few things for the team management to ponder over.

17.3
4
Taijul Islam to Zakir Hasan, FOUR runs
yes, he will finish it off with a big mow that will also bring up a half-century. Nowhere near the pitch of the ball but he'd already decided this will be walloped towards deep midwicket. May have done enough to earn the Player of the Match award. Rajshahi Kings are back and how. Second win for them.
17.2
4
Taijul Islam to Zakir Hasan, FOUR runs
cheeky little stroke. Waits for the ball to spin back in and then lends direction to the one that spun back in. Beat short third man, who gave it chase but the ball kept going away from him. Delicate, but so so effective. Three short of what will be a stunning half-century. One to win. Will he got for it?
17.1
1
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
dabs it gently for a quick single
end of over 178 runs
RR: 141/3CRR: 8.29 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 6 from 18b
Mushfiqur Rahim24 (19)
Zakir Hasan43 (24)
Tim Bresnan3-0-24-0
Taijul Islam2-0-23-0
16.6
1
Bresnan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
steers this towards short third man as they jog the single
16.5
1
Bresnan to Zakir Hasan, 1 run
backs away and drills this full delivery to mid-off
16.4
2
Bresnan to Zakir Hasan, 2 runs
makes a bit of room and helps this away-going short delivery to deep point

Rajshahi Kings, scrapping the bottom of the table leading into the game, revived their campaign and jumped to fifth with a seven wicket win over Sylhet Sixers in Mirpur. On what was a sluggish surface, thanks largely to the rain around, they found a new batting star in Zakir Hasan, who stroked an unbeaten half-century on BPL debut to convert a potentially tricky chase into a cruise. Mominul Haque set up the chase by making a sparkling 20-ball 25, while Mehidy Hasan starred with the ball, earlier in the day, to finish with figures of 4-0-12-1 in what was a disciplined bowling effort for large parts. That Sylhet recovered from 92 for 5 in 17 overs to 146 for 6 was largely due to the late turbocharge between Sabbir and Bresnan.

Najmul Haider: "Zakir -- seems like a big hitter -- could be a good prospects for BD team suffering from lack of big hitter" He's also been street-smart along the way. Considering this is his first game, this has been a superb knock

16.3
1
Bresnan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
both feet in the air as he he upper cuts this short ball down to square third man
16.3
1w
Bresnan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide
slower bouncer but not so high to be called wide. Batsman let it go, have to say that is a harsh call
16.2
1
Bresnan to Zakir Hasan, 1 run
steers this down to third man as they jog the single. Rajshahi camp have a relaxed look
16.1
1
Bresnan to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
punches this short of length delivery down to sweeper cover

Tim Bresnan is back into the attack. Rajshahi on their way to a second win that will lift them from seventh to fifth

end of over 1610 runs
RR: 133/3CRR: 8.31 • RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 from 24b
Mushfiqur Rahim21 (16)
Zakir Hasan39 (21)
Taijul Islam2-0-23-0
Abul Hasan2-0-17-1

Time for a second strategy break. Apologies, we've experienced a few glitches. Hope to be back running smoothly from now till the end.

15.6
1
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
goes right back into the crease and turns this towards square leg
15.5
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
15.4
2
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
15.3
4
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs
15.2
2
Taijul Islam to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
15.1
1
Taijul Islam to Zakir Hasan, 1 run
end of over 1514 runs
RR: 123/3CRR: 8.2 • RRR: 4.80 • Need 24 from 30b
Zakir Hasan38 (20)
Mushfiqur Rahim12 (11)
Abul Hasan2-0-17-1
Liam Plunkett3-0-29-0
14.6
1
Abul Hasan to Zakir Hasan, 1 run
14.5
6
Abul Hasan to Zakir Hasan, SIX runs
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossRajshahi Kings , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Zakir Hasan
Season2017/18
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 days17 November 2017 (20-over match)
Umpires
Ranmore Martinesz
Mahfuzur Rahman
TV Umpire
Moniruzzaman
Reserve Umpire
Mozahiduzzaman
Match Referee
Salim Shahed
PointsRajshahi Kings 2, Sylhet Sixers 0