Sylhet Thunder have set Rajshahi Royals a target of 144 in the last match of the Sylhet stage of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 2019-20.
Winning the toss, Sylhet's stand-in skipper Andre Fletcher decided to bat first in the last match at Sylhet.
Sylhet were off to a slow start as they managed to score only 36 and what worsened matters was that they had lost two wickets. Abdul Mazid's stumps were rattled by Abu Jayed Chowdhury with Mohammad Irfan removing Johnson Charles for 8.
Skipper Fletcher's slow innings of 25 from 33 deliveries did not help the situation but after he was run out, Mohammad Mithun and Sherfane Rutherford started to accelerate. Their stand of 22 deliveries produced 47 runs and it looked like that they take Sylhet to a strong total, only for a bizarre run out to end the partnership.
Trying to take a double, there was miscommunication among the batsmen and that left Mithun stranded in the middle of the pitch and he was gone scoring 46 off 37 deliveries. Coming in to bat next, Sohag Gazi only lasted a ball as he was stumped off Alok Kapali in the very next over.
Rutherford, who was guilty of running Mithun out, tried to make up for his fault and hit Alok for two consecutive sixes but was gone the next ball. He could have been out on the previous ball, but Farhad Reza managed to push the ball for a six rather than catching it but Shoaib Malik did not miss out on the opportunity at the exact same position.
Sylhet could only manage to score 14 runs from their last three overs as they ended up on 143-6, setting Rajshahi a target of 144.