Second highest successful run chase in the history of BPL was on the verge. 9 runs were needed from the last over. However, Nurul Hasan and Abul Hasan could not make it for the Rajshahi Kings. An outstanding batting display from Sabbir Rahman went in vain as he saw his side defeated by 4 runs to Barisal Bulls in another thriller of the ongoing season, chasing down a whopping total of 192.
Needing to score at 9.5 runs per over, the Kings were brisk from the very beginning of their chase despite losing one of the openers Raqibul Hasan for a duck. 2nd wicket partnership of 48 runs from Sabbir and Mominul set the platform for a great uphill climbing. However, Mimi was dismissed for 12 as he tried to pull clumsily off a length from Al-Amin and holed out to Thisara Perera at mid-on. A bizarre lbw call from the umpire saw Umar Akmal walking back off the immediate ball.
Nevertheless, Sabbir Rahman did not seem distracted due to couple of quick losses as he continued annihilating the bowlers, accompanied by Samit Patel. He made 68 runs with Patel off 40 balls and then 42 with captain Sammy from 21 balls. Sabbir posted a BPL highest individual score of 122 runs smashing 9 fours and as many sixes before he fall prey to Dawid Malan at mid-wicket off a fuller delivery from Al-Amin. RK were then reduced to 159/5 requiring 34 runs off 24 balls. Skipper Sammy almost made it for the Kings by posting a rapid 27 from 19 balls. He was then bowled out by Emrit when his side needed another 10 runs from 7 balls. However, Abul Hasan and Nurul Hasan could not make the finish line as they managed only four singles from the final over to concede a defeat by 4 runs.
Earlier in the evening, BB were sent to bat first and started it poorly as they lost their opener Dilshan Munaweera off 3rd delivery of the first over. The Kings continued dominating by picking up another opener Dawid Malan for 13. The Bulls were then reduced to 21 for 2 and another low scoring match was in the air.
However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahriar Nafees were well composed to take it different way. Mushfiq opened his account by pulling Farhad Reza through the mid-wicket for a boundary. He then stitched a fabulous partnership of 112 runs with Nafees off 71 balls and put 59 runs with Thisara Perera from 24 balls. The three Bulls merely punished the RK bowlers as they made the boundary lines every now and then. Nafees scored 63 off 44 balls with 4 fours and as many sixes before he nicked an attempted cut behind. Thisara Perera then accompanied Mushi to post a cameo innings of 24 off 11 balls hitting 3 sixes. Most of the BB innings was a highlight of Mushi’s epic who was unbeaten at the end on 81 off 52 balls which he decorated with 5 fours and 4 sixes.
Barisal Bulls 192/4, 20 overs (Mushfiq 81*, Nafees 63; farhad Reza 2/22); Rajshahi Kings 188/6, 20 overs (Sabbir 122, Sammy 27; Al-Amin 3/35)
Result: Barisal Bulls won by 4 runs
Man of the match: Sabbir Rahman (Rajshahi Kings)