24th match (N), Dhaka, Nov 21 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 143)
Riders won by 3 runs
Player Of The Match
Rangpur Rangers
• Sreshth Shah

Rangpur bowlers clinch thriller after Gayle's fifty boost

A combined effort from Rangpur Riders' bowling attack ensured a successful defence of 142, in a match that was decided off the last ball

Match centre 
Scorer: Thilak Ram
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Rangpur Riders142(19.5 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites139(20 overs)
end of over 206 runs • 2 wicket
DP: 139/10CRR: 6.95 
Mohammad Amir0 (0)
Thisara Perera4-0-37-2
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1

10.09 pm That's all from Dhaka, then. Two T20 classics today that kept us enthralled right till the end. Dhaka still sit at second after this loss, while Rangpur surge towards the top half of the table. Thanks for your company through the evening. On behalf of our team, it's Sreshth Shah saying goodbye!

10.04 pm We're ready with the presentation.

Shakib, the losing captain: "We should've chased that down easily. We didn't bat well yesterday, we didn't bat well today. Bowlers and fielders have been good. Mosaddek is a more-than-capable bowler. He gave us the momentum, and we restricted them to a modest total."

Winning captain Mashrafe: "We need to be fired up. Momentum from yesterday and before that took us through. We felt we needed more than 142, the way Gayle batted, hitting sixes effortlessly. I must say, Perera and Malinga bowled really well and Mithun played well for us too. At the end I told my team, if we don't get wickets we can't win. They delivered."

Gayle is the Man of the Match. He says: "Those were crucial runs, and good to get among the runs. We were always looking to get more than 140, but on these surfaces it's competitive. The new ball was good for batting, but credit goes actually to our bowlers, for defending 142. They have some big names too, and credit to our captain for his leadership."

9.56 pm Only the second time in BPL history that both teams have been all out. Some amazing death-overs bowling from both sides, but Rangpur Riders did just about enough to sneak past the home team. Rubel, Malinga, Mashrafe, Perera and Gazi came to the party just when their team needed it. They strangled Dhaka's batsmen as the game progressed. Maruf's 24-ball 15 must've hurt Dhaka though, who pushed Afridi and Pollard lower down the order to accommodate for the local batsmen in slightly less-pressure situations. No batsmen really got going all through the match, except for Gayle's 28-ball 51 and that really helped Rangpur get to 142. Jahurul and Lewis kept Dhaka in the hunt, but eventually the experienced Rangpur bowlers were just too good. It's been a T20 classic, and we'll be back in a few minutes with the presentation. Guessing both captains will have a lot to talk about.

Perera to Abu Hider, OUT
bowled him, and it's all over! Rangpur steal a three-run win against Dhaka! Full toss on middle and he tries the paddle sweep, misses it and the ball crashes into middle stump.
Abu Hider b Perera 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

It's simple for the last man in: Hider. Hit a four to take Dhaka home. Anything less than that means Rangpur win. Unless, however, if they take three off the final ball. Super over, in that case.

Perera to Pollard, OUT
bowled him! Full on middle stump and crashes into the stumps. Pollard has to go, what a glorious yorker that sneaks under his bat. Just enough reverse swing to fox the batsman
KA Pollard b Perera 12 (14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 85.71
Perera to Pollard, no run
pressure ball and Perera delivers! Full toss outside off and slogged to deep midwicket. Could've taken a single, but refuses it once again. Four off two now.

Long chat between Mashrafe and Perera now. This fourth ball will be so crucial. The ball is too wet, and needs a change. Drama everywhere. Mortaza wanted to use the same ball, but the umpires want it changed. Slight delay that adds to the tension

Perera to Pollard, SIX runs
cricket, you beauty! Full toss on middle and that's exactly why Pollard did not take the single. Deposited over cow corner for half-a-dozen. In the slot to be punished, and dispatched. Full swing of the bat after getting the front foot out of the way. Four runs needed off three balls now. What an epic game
Perera to Pollard, no run
full toss on middle stump this time ,driven down the ground but no run. Goes to long on but Pollard wants to stay on strike. How have things changed over the last three overs: Ten off four now
Perera to Pollard, no run
yorker on off stump, low and full near his toes. Can only inside-edge onto his pads. Ten off five now.

Perera has been entrusted with the last over. Both teams' dugouts are on their feet. T20 cricket at its best, especially since the bowlers have as much to offer as the batsmen, which is sometimes lacking in T20 cricket

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
DP: 133/8CRR: 7 • RRR: 10.00
Kieron Pollard6 (9)
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1
Rubel Hossain4-0-29-2

The TV confirms Pollard will be on strike

Malinga to Nadif Chowdhury, OUT
And it's a wicket! Dhaka lose their eighth, and need ten to win off the final over. Low yorker on middle, attempts a slog but slices it to Bopara at midwicket. Interesting to see if Pollard crossed, though. If he did cross, he'll be at the non-striker's for the final over
Nadif Chowdhury c Bopara b Malinga 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Nail-biting stuff here, guys! yikes

Malinga to Nadif Chowdhury, no run
yorker on middle stump, driven down the ground and almost past Malinga, but the bowler manages to get his foot in front of the line ball. Stops it with his boot. Pressure slowly shifting towards the batting team. Only six runs scored off the last 11 balls
Malinga to Pollard, 1 run
perfect yorker on middle stump, can only be driven down the ground for a single. the equation: ten runs off eight balls
Malinga to Pollard, 1 wide
drifting down the leg side and it's Malinga's sixth wide of the innings. Pollard is happy to let that go
Malinga to Nadif Chowdhury, 1 run
full on middle stump, driven down the ground over the bowler's head. Almost goes to the boundary, before McCullum gets behind it at the last moment. They settle for the single

faizan: "Its easy to call out the batsmen for extending this, but anyone watching on TV can tell how much the ball is reversing, which is why Rangpur's bowlers are giving away too many wides. Tough ask for batsmen to come in and play against the reversing ball. Hope Pollard just steadies the ship and looks to steer the ball rather than over-hitting it. "

Malinga to Nadif Chowdhury, no run
yorker on middle, clipped off his toes but Bopara - at short midwicket - dives to his left and stops this from a certain boundary. Sharp fielding
Malinga to Nadif Chowdhury, no run
full on off stump, accurate yorker actually. Dug away towards point, but the infielders are there to stop the single. They continue to keep Pollard away from the strike for atleast one more ball

Malinga to bowl the all-important 19th over

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
DP: 130/7CRR: 7.22 • RRR: 6.50
Nadif Chowdhury1 (1)
Kieron Pollard5 (8)
Rubel Hossain4-0-29-2
Thisara Perera3-0-31-0
Rubel Hossain to Nadif Chowdhury, 1 run
full on off stump, pushed off the front foot to mid on. A single, which means Nadif will stay on strike. Three runs and a wicket off Rubel's final over
Rubel Hossain to Nadif Chowdhury, 1 wide
full on middle stump, going down the leg stump but keeper and bowler go up for the caught-behind appeal. The umpire sees through that cheekiness, calls it a wide

Asim: "Are these teams trying to compensate for the lack of close finishes in the earlier phase of the tournament by dragging a straight-forward chase irritatingly towards the last overs?" -- Haha!

Rubel Hossain to Mehedi Maruf, OUT
Full on middle stump and he misses the cross-batted slog. Smacks his pad in front of middle stump and that's a gone-r! Rubel appeals full throated and the umpire obliges. Another twist?
Mehedi Maruf lbw b Rubel Hossain 15 (24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

only one run off the first four balls. Can he finish well?

Rubel Hossain to Mehedi Maruf, no run
another dot from Rubel, good length on off stump and cramps Maruf for room. Can only tap this back to the bowler
Rubel Hossain to Mehedi Maruf, no run
full just outside off, pushed off the front foot but straight to point
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossDhaka Dynamites , 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 days21 November 2017 - night match (20-over match)
Anisur Rahman
TV Umpire
Morshed Ali Khan
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Samiur Rahman
PointsRangpur Riders 2, Dhaka Dynamites 0