Victorians edge past Riders to reach final

Qualifier 1, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019

Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders

Rangpur Riders : 165/5 in 20 overs (Howell 53*, Gayle 46, Rossouw 44; Sanjit 1/14, Mahedi 1/28, Saifuddin 1/49)

Comilla Victorians : 166/2 in 18.5 overs (Lewis 71*, Anamul 39, Shamsur 34*; Shafiul 1/21, Mashrafe 1/43)

Result : Comilla Victorians won 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : Evin Lewis (Comilla Victorians)

Comilla Victorians become the first team to book their place in the final of UCB BPL 2019 as they comprehensively beat defending champion Rangpur Riders by 8 wickets in the Qualifier 1 match. Comilla will now face the winner of Qualifier 2 between Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders in the final on February 8.

Earlier Mashrafe Bin Mortaza choose to bat first after winning the toss. Chirs Gayle played an knock of 46 while in-form batsman Rilee Rossouw added 44 to guide the Riders innings in the start. Then it was all-rounder Benny Howell’s unbeaten 28-ball 53-run knock helped them posting a fighting total of 165 for 5 after 20 overs. Sanjit, Mahedi, Saifuddin, Wahab sahred one wicket each.

Chasing 166, Victorians lost Tamim Iqbal who was dismissed by Mashrafe on 17. But then player of the match, Evin Lewis and Anamul Haque made an match-winning 90-run partership in the second wicket before Shafiul Islam got rid of Anamul on 39. Lewis and Shamsur Rahman then finished the job without further trouble as Imrul’s team won the match with 8 wickets and 7 balls in hand. Shafiul and Mashrafe shared one wicket each for the Riders.