26th match (N), Chattogram, Nov 24 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 212)
Vikings won by 40 runs
Player Of The Match
Chattogram Challengers
• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Sikandar Raza's 95 lifts Chittagong from bottom place

Chittagong Vikings overcame Andre Fletcher's blistering 71 to defend 211 and beat Sylhet Sixers by 40 runs in their first home game

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Chittagong Vikings211/5(20 overs)
Sylhet Sixers171/8(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 171/8CRR: 8.55 
Kamrul Islam4 (5)
Taskin Ahmed4-0-31-3
Subashis Roy2-0-30-0

This has been among the BPL's highest-scoring matches this year. That's been a rarity, with sluggish pitches being the flavour of the season. For large parts of the chase, this match promised to be a lot more exciting and a lot tighter, but that wasn't to be. On that note, I take your leave. We hope you had fun on this night of six-hitting. Be back for more tomorrow. Goodbye and goodnight!

10.33pm How quickly a match can turn around? Sylhet looked like they would chase this down at the end of the Powerplay. At the halfway mark, they were still well on course. And then things went horribly wrong. They lost their two set batsmen, Andre Fletcher and Babar Azam, in successive overs, and from there unravelled pretty rapidly. There were no other heroes for them on this night. And at long last, Chittagong get another win, a well-deserved one achieved on the back of a power-packed career-best effort from Sikandar Raza. He played one of the finest T20 innings I have seen in recent times. Sylhet need to brush off this defeat and get back on track quickly as the race to the playoffs gets tighter.

"We have three matches to go, and I will look to win those matches," says Nasir Hossain, Sylhet captain.

"The batters just put up a terrific performance," says Chittagong captain Luke Ronchi. "Sikandar Raza was unfortunate to miss out on a hundred but that was an unbelievable innings. The middle period was crucial for us as Sylhet lost their way a little bit. The spinners did a fantastic job. We tried to change it up so they wouldn't get a rhythm going. We just need to keep playing like we did tonight and pick up as many wins as possible."

Sikandar Raza is Man of the Match. "I wasn't disappointed with whenever I got out. Every time I go out to bat, I try and do my best for my team and play the way the situation needs me to and today was no different," he says. "Staan van Zyl batted outstandingly and he wasin fact the reason we got that partnership going. I certainly surprised myself with some of the shots I played. It's just one of those things, when it comes together it comes together. Whatever the situation and whenever you want me to go out there, I try to do my best. There are few things that are not in my control, but I just try to play as honestly as I can."

Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, OUT
short ball, swivels around and pulls straight into the hands of deep square leg
Nurul Hasan c Reece b Taskin Ahmed 28 (16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 175.00
Taskin Ahmed to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 1 run
low full toss, driven with an open face to backward point
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, 1 run
short of a length, angled into him, he backs away and opens the face to deep backward point
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, SIX runs
full toss outside off, walks across to get behind the line before heaving it over deep midwicket
Taskin Ahmed to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 1 run
short ball, pulled to midwicket for a very tight single. Direct hit would have made it a lot closer
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, 1 run
length ball outside off, throws hard hands at a cross-batted shot and gets an inside edge to deep fine leg
end of over 1913 runs
ST: 161/7CRR: 8.47 • RRR: 51.00
Nurul Hasan20 (12)
Kamrul Islam2 (3)
Subashis Roy2-0-30-0
Taskin Ahmed3-0-21-2
Subashis Roy to Nurul Hasan, 1 run
comes down the track to a fuller ball and does not middle it as he drills to the off side
Subashis Roy to Nurul Hasan, SIX runs
low full toss outside off, hammered with a half-angled bat straight over
Subashis Roy to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 1 run
throws hard hands as he looks to work it to the leg side and gets an inside edge that gets past the keeper. It was a yorker outside off and he jammed the bat down hard into the turn. The ball gets past the keeper who gets down to his left

Even that won't do now.

Subashis Roy to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, no run
full, wide, reaches out without moving his feet and gets beaten

Sylhet need a six off every ball now.

Subashis Roy to Nurul Hasan, 1 run
reaches out to a full ball outside off and drives to extra cover who dives to his left and stops it
Subashis Roy to Nurul Hasan, FOUR runs
full toss outside off, tries to heave it over the leg side and skews a leading edge off the toe end through third man
end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 148/7CRR: 8.22 • RRR: 32.00
Nurul Hasan8 (8)
Kamrul Islam1 (1)
Taskin Ahmed3-0-21-2
Stiaan van Zyl2-0-14-2
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, 1 run
comes down the track to a full toss and drills it to long-on
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, no run
slower fullish ball outside off, beaten
Taskin Ahmed to Nurul Hasan, 2 runs
very full ball outside off, tries to heave it over the leg side and skews it off the inside part of the bat to deep backward square leg
Taskin Ahmed to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 1 run
yorker outside off, dug out down to long-on
Taskin Ahmed to Nasir Hossain, OUT
that is quite literally catching practice. Felt that way in everything he did with that shot. Taskin bowls it shortish outside off and he just opens the face to gently glide it into the hands of the gully fielder as if that was his intention all along
Nasir Hossain c Subashis Roy b Taskin Ahmed 8 (4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00
Taskin Ahmed to Nasir Hossain, 1 wide
short ball, drifting down the leg side, over the arched back of the batsman
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossSylhet Sixers , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Sikandar Raza
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days24 November 2017 - night match (20-over match)
Tanvir Ahmed
Anisur Rahman
TV Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Reserve Umpire
Morshed Ali Khan
Match Referee
Raqibul Hasan
PointsChittagong Vikings 2, Sylhet Sixers 0