Recent Match Report – Strikers vs Riders Qualifier 2 2022/23
Sylhet Strikers 182 for 7 (Shanto 40, Mashrafe 28, Mahmud 2-34) beat Rangpur Riders 163 for 8 (Rony 66, Nurul 33, Wood 3-34) by 19 runs
Sylhet Strikers reached their first BPL final after they defeated Rangpur Riders by 19 runs in the second qualifier in Dhaka. They will take on three-time champions Comilla Victorians – also last season’s winners – in the final on February 16.
Strikers took extra time to decide who would keep wickets when Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the field, and Nurul appeared frazzled. The Riders captain fell first ball after the delay, later spotted shouting at someone while walking back. Rony fell later in the over, run out for 66 after being too careless to return to the crease, with Zakir Hasan, the new gloveman, getting a direct hit.
Riders had lost Sam Billings in the second over of the chase when Sakib trapped the opener lbw. Billings felt he had come too far down the pitch for it to be the right decision, but replays showed that the umpires got it correct. Shamim Hossain, who was player of the match for Riders in the eliminator against Fortune Barishal, then hit some boundaries off Rubel in the fifth over.
But Strikers took the upper hand when Wood removed Nicholas Pooran in the ninth over. Pooran struck him for ten runs off the previous two balls, before holing out in the deep leg-side boundary. He made 30 off 14 balls, with four sixes and a four. After that Rony’s innings gave Riders hope, but it wasn’t to be in the end with Strikers holding on to their advantage.
Hridoy struck a six and two fours in his 25 while Strikers captain Mashrafe Mortaza, promoting himself for the second game in a row, smashed three fours and a six in his 28 off 16 balls. However, Zakir Hasan, Ryan Burl and Mushfiqur could not push on, leaving Thisara Perera and George Linde to give them Strikers a final thrust in the slog overs that took them to 182.