Rangpur Riders edged holder Dhaka Dynamites by three runs in a BPL 2017 thriller at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.
Chasing 143 for victory, Dhaka were bundled out for 139 in their allotted 20 overs, just falling short after a brilliant last over by Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, who finished with bowling figure of 2/37 from his quota of four overs.
Alongside Perera, captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, spinner Sohag Gazi and pacer Rubel Hossain also bagged two wickets each.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jahurul Islam was the highest scorer for Dhaka with a 19-ball 29.
Earlier, Rangpur, asked to bat first, posted 142 before losing all of their wickets in 19.5 overs, opener Chris Gayle top-scoring for his side with a 28-ball 51, featuring five fours and four sixes.
Gayle was adjudged player of the match for the second game in a row.
Dhaka captain Shakib al Hasan finished with magical bowling figure of 5/16 – the third best in the history of the BPL.
Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi provided valuable support, picking up two wickets.
Dhaka are now second in the points table with nine points from eight matches while Rangpur rose to fifth position with six points from as many games.
139 (Gazi 2/18, Rubel 2/29) lost to Rangpur Riders
142 in 19.5 overs (Gayle 51, Shakib 5/16) by three runs