Sports Correspondent, from Mirpur: Cumilla Victorians defeated defending champions Rangpur Riders in the Qualifier-1 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday to storm the February 8 final.
The Riders posted 165 for five in 20 overs in their innings while the Victorians chased it down in 18.5 overs with the help of Evin Lewis’ unbeaten 71 off 53 deliveries.
Now, the Riders have to play the Qualifier-2 against Dhaka Dynamites who won against Chittagong Vikings in the Eliminator earlier in the day. The Qualifier-2 will take field on February 6 at 6:30 pm.
The Victorians started chasing the target of 166 on a positive note when Tamim Iqbal and Evin Lewis put 35 runs on board in the opening partnership.
However, Tamim failed to execute his start properly as he fell for 17 off 14 deliveries with one four and one six. He was dismissed by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
Lewis and Anamul added 90 runs in the second wicket stand for the Victorians. Anamul struck 39 off 32 balls with two fours and as many as sixes to his name. He was playing with great concentration but failed to continue as he fell for 39.
Despite losing two partners from the other end, Lewis remained unbeaten on 71 off 53 with five fours and three sixes while Shamsur Rahman struck 34 off 15 with four fours and two sixes to his credit. They left the field ensuring the final for the Victorians after two seasons of BPL.
Mashrafe and Shafiul Islam took one wicket each for the Riders.
Earlier, the Riders posted 165 for five in 20 overs with the help of Benny Howell’s fiery fifty.
The Englishman, Howell, struck 53 off 28 balls while Chris Gayle posted 46 and Rilee Rossouw hit 44 for the Riders.
However, the best innings of the Riders was played by Benny Howell. He struck 53 off 28 balls with three fours and five sixes. He helped the Riders post 74 in the last five overs.
Saifuddin, Mehedi, Sanjit and Wahab Riaz took one wicket each for the Victorians.
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