Chattogram Challengers have ended on 155-5 against Rajshahi Royals in their last match of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019-20.
Despite a slow start, Chattogram reached a challenging score on a cold day at Mirpur courtesy of some late hitting from Mahmudullah Riyad and Nurul Hasan Sohan.
Winning the toss, Rajshahi skipper Andre Russell elected to field first. Taijul Islam came into the side for Rajshahi whereas Chattogram brought in Liam Plunkett and Rayad Emrit replacing Lendl Simmons and Kesrick Williams.
Chattogram were off to a slow start as Chris Gayle and Junaid Siddique accumulated only 38 runs in the powerplay before Junaid was sent back for 23 by Shoaib Malik. Afif Hossain struck in the 10th over to send back Gayle for 23 as the Caribbean batsman skewed a shot and Russell took an easy catch.
Imrul Kayes was the next to go as Taijul struck in the next over to send Kayes back for 19 before Abu Jayed Rahi got rid of Chadwick Walton in the 15th over, rattling Walton's stumps for 4.
From there on, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Nurul Hasan Sohan put up a 38-run stand off 25 deliveries as Sohan was the aggressive one, scoring 30 from 16 deliveries before getting out to Mohammad Irfan.
Mahmudullah and Ziaur Rahman picked up 17 from the last over of Farhad Reza as Chattogram ended on 155-5 as Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 48.
Malik, Afif, Taijul, Abu Jayed and Irfan picked up a wicket each for Rajshahi.