Rangpur Rangers have set Sylhet Thunder a target of 200 in their match of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019-20 at Sylhet.
Big scores from the openers and a late flourish ensured that Rangpur had reached a strong total of 199-5.
Sylhet were still without their regular skipper Mosaddek Hossain and their stand-in captain Andre Fletcher won the toss and elected to field first.
Rangpur were off to a flying start as for the first time in the tournament since arriving, Rangpur skipper Shane Watson got into his groove. Naim Sheikh continued on his good run of form as they two notched up 63 in the powerplay. Sylhet's situation worsened as Nayeem Hasan dropped Naim on 34 in the last delivery of the powerplay but the batsman did not last long as he got out a couple of overs later for 42.
But Shane Watson continued. He picked up his fifty off 31 deliveries, hitting five fours and three sixes. He and Cameron Delport brought up their 50-run stand before Ebadot struck twice in the 15th over to send both of them back. Delport was caught trying a slog but in the next delivery, Ebadot produced a ripping yorker to clutter Watson's stumps on 68. Ebadot had dismissed Watson in a similar fashion in the previous match of the sides and the dismissal this time looked like an action reply but better as this time, it was even more accurate from Ebadot to go through the set Watson's defence.
Since the double blow, Rangpur stuttered and the next to go was Lewis Gregory as he was picked by Sherfane Rutherford for 15. Rangpur looked like they could not reach a big total but a 26-run last over from Krishmar Santokie ensured that Sylhet was set a target of 200 as Rangpur ended on 199-5.
Ebadot picked up two wickets for Sylhet with Santokie, Monir and Rutherford picked up a wicket each.