Rangpur claim first BPL title in a Gayle storm

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Rangpur Riders : 206/1 in 20 overs (Gayle 146*, McCallum 51*, Charles 3; Shakib 1/26)

Dhaka Dynamites : 149/9 in 20 overs (Jahurul 50, Shakib 26, Lewis 15; Nazmul 2/9, Udana 2/25, Gazi 2/32)

Result : Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs.

Man of the Match : Chris Gayle (Rangpur Riders)

Man of the Tournament : Chris Gayle (Rangpur Riders)

Rangpur Riders become the new champion of AKS BPL 2017 Powered by Shah Cement. Rangpur Riders clinched the title with a 57-run victory over Dhaka Dynamites in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS).

Dhaka Dynamites opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan gave the early breakthrough to Dhaka by dismissing in form Johnson Charles on 3. Then it was another Chris Gayle show. Gayle hammered over the Dhaka Dynamites bowlers and remained not out on 146 off just 65 balls including 5 fours and 18 sixes. Gayle and Brendon McCullum made an unbeaten partnership of 201 in the 2nd wicket stand and helped Rangpur to post a big total of 206 for 1 after 20 overs. McCullum was not out on 51. Shakib took the only wicket for 26 runs.

In reply Dhaka Dynamites had a nightmare start as they lost 2 wickets for just 1 run on the board. Dhaka were in all sorts of trouble after losing 4 wickets for 29. Shakib tried to put some fightback with but got out after scoring a quick-fire 26. Jahurul Islam’s fifty was not enough for Dhaka to chase the target down as they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Dhaka managed to score 149 for 9 in 20 overs and lost by 59 runs. Isuru Udana, Nazmul Islam and Sohag Gazi shared 2 wickets each.

Chris Gayle was named man of the match for his match-winning century. Gayle also named man of the tournament.