Mashrafe's team lose by big margin in the first match in Sylhet leg
Dhaka, January 28: Sylhet Strikers have been showing surprise in this year's BPL. The team, which is a mix of young up-and-comers and experienced players, has lost just 1 match before the Sylhet phase. But Mashrafe bin Mortuza's team lost as soon as they came to their own field. Mashrafe bin Mortuza's team lost in the first match of the Sylhet leg.
Sylhet Strikers and Rangpur Riders faced off in the first match of the day on Friday at the Sylhet International Stadium. Sylhet of Mashrafe-Mushfique lost to Rangpur by 6 wickets in the first match at their home ground.
Sylhet lost the toss and lost the wicket from the start. It started with Tom Moraes. Then Nazmul Shanto, Tauhid Hridiya, Mushfiqur Rahim, Zakir Hasan went back one by one. Imad Wasim and Thisara Perera also failed to get runs. At one stage, Sylhet was facing a shameful record of losing 7 wickets for 19 runs.
Later, however, the team was saved from embarrassment by the team's young budding pacer Tanjim Hasan Shakib. Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortuza gave him good support by dropping to number 9. 48 runs come from this pair. Then Mashrafe returned after being caught out for a personal 21 runs. But Shakib was adamant. Despite not getting a half-century, Sylhet somehow avoided shame with his 41 runs from 36 balls. Their innings stopped at 92 runs.
In response, Rangpur started to bat from the start. Nurul Hasan Sohan's team lost the first wicket by 27 runs. Sheikh Mehdi scored 8 runs in three. Shoaib Malik was caught on the first ball. However, opener Rony Talukder did not let the team in any danger. He took the team to the port of victory from 41 runs off 38 balls.