Barisal Bulls 75 for 4 (Talukdar 23, Mahmudullah 23*) beat Rangpur Riders 104 for 9 (Al-Amin 3-30, Sami 2-16) by six wickets (D/L Method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Al-Amin Hossain and Mohammad Sami took five wickets between them to set a course for Barisal Bulls' six-wicket victory in a rain-affected game in Chittagong. Their opponents Rangpur Riders could not handle the early exchanges and once they fell to 64 for 6, the contest was extinguished. Some unexpected showers caused a lengthy delay and reduced the target to 75 in 13 overs, which was easily hunted down by Barisal's batsmen with three balls to spare.
However, all the highlights from the match will concentrate on the skill of Barisal's fast bowlers. Al-Amin tempted Soumya Sarkar with his first ball of the match, and Rayad Emrit duly held catch at cover. Sweeter still was how the over ended - Shakib Al Hasan played an ugly hoick to be caught at mid-on and Rangpur were 10 for 2 in two overs.
Mohammad Mithun tried to loft left-arm spinner Taijul Islam but was caught by Emrit again at long-off. Opener Jahurul took 32 balls to make his 24, but he had been adventurous at times. One such occasion led him to offer a catch to cover. For once Emrit was the bowler, and not the catcher. Then one Sri Lanka allrounder got rid of the other - Seekugge Prasanna had Thisara Perera caught at long-on to leave Ranpur at 54 for 5 in the 13th over.
Misbah, who began with a reverse sweep for four, was dismissed by a Mohammad Sami bouncer that kissed the glove through to wicketkeeper Rony Talukdar, for 22. The tail couldn't muster much after that despite playing out the 20 overs. Rangpur finished on 104 for 9.
Barisal were 19 for 1 in the third over when the game was halted for the weather. When play resumed, they needed 56 runs in 57 balls. The change in conditions was enough for Rangpur to prise out three more wickets but Rony Talukdar and Mahmudullah chipped in with 23 each, the latter remaining unbeaten, to secure victory. That means Barisal are in pole position with 10 points, although Comilla Victorians have a chance to join them in the next few hours.