22nd match (N), Dhaka, Nov 20 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 170)
Riders won by 7 runs
Player Of The Match
Rangpur Rangers
Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Rangpur Riders169/7(20 overs)
Sylhet Sixers162/4(20 overs)
end of over 2011 runs
ST: 162/4CRR: 8.1 
Tim Bresnan12 (9)
Nasir Hossain50 (43)
Thisara Perera4-0-43-1
Rubel Hossain4-0-30-1

9.58 pm That's all from Dhaka tonight. Lots of exciting performances today, but Rangpur Riders did just about enough to hold on to a tight win. Two matches tomorrow again at the BPL, and we look forward to seeing you there. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage from the Shere Bangla. Thank you for your company. Bye bye!

9.55 pm We're ready for the presentation.

Chris Gayle's fifty earns him the Man-of-the-Match award. He says: "Feeling better to be among the runs. Myself and McCullum gave a good start. It was slow start from me, to be honest, and their slower bowlers bowled well. Sabbir and Nasir batted well but our bowlers did really well at the death. Credit goes to our bowlers because we were struggling after the first three wickets. Great improvement in the field, and important for us to get back to our winning ways."

Nasir Hossain, the losing captain: "It's obviously correct that we wanted to finish well but to be honest they bowled well at the end. Positives are that our foreign players didn't bat well but the locals came to the party today. Lots to learn and we would've felt better if we could've finished with the win."

Mashrafe Mortaza, the winning captain: "We are looking for the win for the past three matches. Finally it has come. Big matches are coming up. Good thing that our momentum is coming back. The way Sabbir and Nasir batted, they nearly took the game away from us. Credit to them. The overs from Perera and from me were crucial, yes."

9.52 pm The target of 170 was just about enough as Rangpur Riders survived a scare after Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman helped Sylhet Sixes recover from an early wobble. Sabbir was key if Sylhet had to win, but a terrific Mashrafe over towards the end completely shifted the momentum towards Rangpur. It was an epic match, dominated in parts by the batsmen but also by the bowlers in the middle overs. Gayle and McCullum added 80 for Ranpur and that set the tone for their team before Bopara smacked the ball around to help them finish on 169. That was just too much for Sylhet as they crumbled at the top and were always chasing the game thereafter. Sylhet's losing streak extends to four games now while Rangpur jump up on the table. Be back with the presentation soon.

Perera to Bresnan, SIX runs
low full toss on middle stump and that's smacked over deep midwicket for a maximum. Ends with a six, but Rangpur Riders win by seven runs
Perera to Bresnan, 1 no ball
oh my! That slipped from Perera's hand. Comes to the batsman at head high who does well to get out of the ball's line. They've got to re bowl that

Riazul Islam: "Already said, Sabbir needed to fininsh it off. Terrific Bowling from Mash. His over changed the Scene." -- Agreed completely, my man. Brilliant over from Mash, and now from Perera.

Perera to Bresnan, 2 runs
full toss darting onto leg stump, punched to wide long on
Perera to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
low full toss on middle, dug away over Perera's head for a single. That's his fifty but Nasir does not raise his bat
Perera to Bresnan, 1 run
yorker on middle stump, he can only get this away to point. Nasir comes on strike. Sylhet need three sixes off the final three balls.
Perera to Bresnan, no run
skillfully bowled once again! Yorker just outside off stump and Bresnan can't smack this onto the off side. Past off stump once again
Perera to Bresnan, no run
just past the outside of off stump Straight just outside off stump. Slower ball and Bresnan is foxed. Past his edge and the keeper can't believe how that was not bowled

Perera comes charging in

end of over 197 runs
ST: 151/4CRR: 7.94 • RRR: 19.00
Tim Bresnan3 (3)
Nasir Hossain49 (42)
Rubel Hossain4-0-30-1
Thisara Perera3-0-32-1
Rubel Hossain to Bresnan, 1 run
full on leg stump, clipped off his toes to fine leg. Keeps it down to a single. Simple equation now: Sylhet need 19 off the final over.
Rubel Hossain to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
low full toss on middle, the batsman can only mistime his drive to long on. They reach 150
Rubel Hossain to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs
yorker on leg stump, goes deep and drives down the ground past Rubel. Mid off brings in the dive, and stops three certain runs
Rubel Hossain to Nasir Hossain, no run
full toss outside off stump, premeditated paddle from Nasir but he misses it once again. Walked too much across to the off side. Terrific bowling from Rubel. Another dot ball
Rubel Hossain to Bresnan, 1 run
full wide outside off, punched down the ground to McCullum at long on. Only a single, but Nasir's back on strike
Rubel Hossain to Bresnan, 1 wide
wayward stuff, full toss going down the leg side. They get the extra run but Bresnan could've easily earned four more. Tried to swing this down the leg side but can't make any contact with the bat
Rubel Hossain to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
low full toss on off stump, Nasir was preparing to paddle this fine but can't get the necessary contact. Hits the back of his bat and dribbles away to midwicket. Only one on offer

Yohan: "why in form tharanga was dropped despite leading the BPL batting scoring 207 runs@ 41av up to this match with three consecutive fifties and 2 mom awards is beyond logic? " -- He's scored 10, 1 and 26 in his last three matches. And Babar Azam has been in really good touch.

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 144/4CRR: 8 • RRR: 13.00
Nasir Hossain45 (38)
Tim Bresnan1 (1)
Thisara Perera3-0-32-1
Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-18-1
Perera to Nasir Hossain, 1 run
yorker on middle, biffed down the ground for a single. Sylhet need 26 off the last two overs.
Perera to Bresnan, 1 run
full outside off and slashes at it away from his body. Point goes airborne trying to catch it. Oh my, Mashrafe gets his fingertips to it and saves three certain runs. Will go down as a dropped chance, though. One of those that will either stick in your palm or pop right out. This time the ball did the latter

Bresnan walks in. 28 needed off 14 balls

Perera to Sabbir Rahman, OUT
holes out to Baz at long on! Full on middle and he has to go for the slog. Times it well too, but not well enough. Goes to the safest fielder in the outfield.. Goes for a well made 70
Sabbir Rahman c McCullum b Perera 70 (49b 7x4 2x6) SR: 142.85
Perera to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs
low full toss on leg stump, mistimed the slog to the leg side and deep midwicket does well to stop the ball and send it back. They're going for a suicidal second run but the keeper - Mithun - makes a mess of it. The ball falls out of his gloves as he tries to run the batsman out. Lucky, how lucky A huge let off here. Sabbir was gone

only five runs off the last eight balls

Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossSylhet Sixers , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Chris Gayle
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50-21.20
Match days20 November 2017 - night match (20-over match)
Anisur Rahman
TV Umpire
Masudur Rahman
Reserve Umpire
Imran Parvez
Match Referee
Samiur Rahman
PointsRangpur Riders 2, Sylhet Sixers 0