BPL 2019-20: Sylhet slip to the bottom as Cameron Delport blitzkrieg blows them away in lopsided contest
- Rangpur Rangers crushed them by 7 wickets in a one-sided battle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium of Dhaka.
Sylhet Thunder have fallen to the seventh position on the points table of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20, after suffering their seventh loss in eight matches. Rangpur Rangers crushed them by seven wickets in a one-sided battle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium of Dhaka.
Cameron Delport (63) played a whirlwind knock after coming out to bat at number 3 for Rangpur. Chasing a modest target of 134 runs, Delport's 6 fours and 5 sixes ensured that the Rangers won the match without any hiccups.
Though the left-handed batsman got out in the 13th over, Mohammad Naim (38*) and Mohammad Nabi (18*) guided the Rangur Rangers home.
Naveen-ul-Haq (2/18) tried his best to keep the Sylhet-based franchise alive in the battle. However, the lacklustre performances of Nayeem Hasan (0/45), Sohag Gazi (0/22) and Sherfane Rutherford (0/22) handed Thunder their seventh defeat of the season.
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Earlier in the day, Rangers' skipper Shane Watson won the toss and elected to field first. Man of the Match Mustafizur Rahman (3/10) decimated the opposition batting lineup with his marvelous spell of 4 overs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Mithun (62) fought like a one-man army for Sylhet, and his efforts took his team to a respectable score.
Arafat Sunny (1/24) supported Rahman to perfection, as the big names of the Thunder could not live up to the expectations. Rutherford (16) struck 2 fours and a six in his 9-ball knock while Andre Fletcher (0) and Johnson Charles (9) struggled to generate any momentum.
Courtesy of this victory, Rangpur Rangers have moved up to the sixth spot with 4 points in 7 matches. Their net run rate also has improved a bit.
On the other hand, Sylhet Thunder have slipped to the bottom position with just 2 points to their name in 8 matches.Published 30 Dec 2019, 17:27 IST