PV Sports Desk : Rangpur Riders clinched a last ball-thriller victory against bottom-run Chittagong Vikings for their 4th win in the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 177 runs, Rangpur shored their vessel to the winning destination scoring 180 for 7 in 20 overs with a six by Thisara Perera in the match’s last ball off Taskin Ahmed.
Rangpur needed four runs in the innings last ball when Taskin delivered a wide ball which provided a great chance to Thisara Perera to pull the victory with the extra ball.
Thisara Perera played an unbeaten innings off 28 off 14 balls with three sixes, while man of the match Mashrafe Bin Mortaza quick-fired 42 off 17 balls.
Mortaza brought a fruitful change in the batting order as he himself came to bat at number 3 in place of the prescheduled batsman Mohammad Mithun and maintained the craft of T20 temperament pairing with the West Indian giant Chris Gayle for 60 off 4.2 overs in the 2nd wicket stand to carry the team total to 91/2 in 9.4 overs from 31/1 in 5.2 overs.
On the way of his four boundaries and three sixes, skipper Mortaza hit a huge six of 106 meter off Al-Amin in the innings 7.5 overs and was applaud by spectators for his nature of batting aside of bowling strength. Mortaza was bowled out by Sunzamul Islam to depart from 2nd pair.
Mohammad Mithun top-scored for the side with 44 off 29 balls, including 4 boundaries before being bowled out by Luis Reece, leaving the team total to 163/5 in 18.5 overs.