10.30pm  Right then, that's all from this game. The Bangladesh Premier League 2023 action continues on Saturday, 04th February. The first game of the day sees the Chattogram Challengers take on the Comilla Victorians and it will begin at 1.00 pm IST (7.30 am GMT). That game will be followed by the Rangpur Riders taking on the Sylhet Strikers and it will begin at 6.00 pm IST (12.30 pm GMT). As always, you can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!
10.30pm  Nurul Hasan, the skipper of Rangpur Riders is the Player of the Match for his match-winning knock of 61 runs from 33 balls. He says It was an important match to qualify and credit to the bowlers to keep them to a low total. Adds that they did a few mistakes in the middle overs but winning the game makes him happy at the end. Closes by saying that they will look to do well in the coming matches and try to end in the top 2.
10.29pm  Nasir Hossain, the skipper of Dhaka Dominators, says that they were 25-30 runs short with the bat. Adds that they gave it their all with the ball and in the field to get the win and almost won it.
10.28pm  Time for Presentations...
10.28pm  Earlier in the game, after Nurul Hasan opted to bowl first, Rangpur Riders set the tone early picking three wickets in the Powerplay. They were clinical with the ball throughout the innings and that allowed them to restrict the Dhaka Dominators to 130. While chasing a below-par total, they did stutter to the target but their batters got the job done in the final over.
10.22pm  With not a big total to defend, the onus was on the Dhaka Dominators bowlers to start well and take early inroads. Shoriful Islam struck twice inside the first three overs and got them off to a perfect start. However, other bowlers failed to capitalize on that start and allowed the opposition batters to release the pressure. With two set batters out in the middle, Dhaka Dominators were down and out in the game but the dismissal of Rony Talukdar opened the doors for them. They clawed their way back into the game and had Rangpur Riders on the ropes. But the small total meant they emerged second best tonight. Nasir Hossain took four wickets while Shoriful Islam accounted for three wickets but they failed to get their side the win in this game.
10.18pm  We have witnessed a cliffhanger here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Rangpur Riders do it the hard way but they eventually get over the line with three balls to spare. They seal their playoffs berth and by doing so, knock Dhaka Dominators out of the competition. While chasing a low total, Rangpur Riders were put under the pump early losing two early wickets. Rony Talukdar and Nurul Hasan then got together and helped their side recover with a 93-run stand. With just 28 more needed to win, they were cruising in the chase. The dismissal of both set batters triggered a mini collapse and they were 8 wickets down in no time. With 5 needed to win in the final over, Haris Rauf held his nerves and hit the winning runs to see his side home.
Muktar Ali to Haris Rauf
FOUR! Haris Rauf does it for the RIDERS and takes them over the line in a tense match at Dhaka. Muktar Ali bowls a short of a length ball outside off, Haris Rauf was waiting for it and clubs it hard to the deep square leg fence for a boundary to get a win for the Rangpur Riders and take them to the playoffs.
10.16pm  Slight halt! Haris Rauf is experiencing cramps in his left wrist and needs medical attention.
Muktar Ali to Haris Rauf
Full and in the slot, Haris Rauf lofts it to the mid-wicket region and falls in no man's land. Allows the batter to complete two.
Muktar Ali to Azmatullah Omarzai
Fuller one on off, Azmatullah Omarzai works it to mid on for a single.
10.12pm  Muktar Ali has been given the task of bowling the final over. Rangpur Riders need 5 from the last 6 balls.
Nasir Hossain to Haris Rauf
Fuller on the stumps, Haris Rauf gets low and tucks it to short mid-wicket. We get into the final over with Rangpur Riders requiring 5 runs to win.
Nasir Hossain to Azmatullah Omarzai
Flatter on the middle and leg, Azmatullah Omarzai tucks it to square leg for a single.
Nasir Hossain to Haris Rauf
Flatter on off, Haris Rauf slices it off the outside edge to the point region for one.
10.08pm  Haris Rauf is the new man in and will face the hat-trick ball.
Nasir Hossain to Rakibul Hasan
OUT! GONE! Nasir Hossain is on fire! Bowls a quicker and flatter one on the stumps, Rakibul Hasan plays all around it as the ball crashes through the gate. Rangpur Riders lose their 8th and Nasir Hossain is on a hat-trick.
Rakibul Hasan b N Hossain 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
10.07pm  Rakibul Hasan comes out to bat.
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
OUT! GONE! CLEANED HIM UP! A Fuller ball comes in with the arm, and Shamim Hossain goes down on one knee for the sweep and misses the ball completely. The ball goes past him and hits the Timber. Another one down for the Rangpur Riders.
Shamim Hossain b N Hossain 8 (11b 1x4 0x6)
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
Tosses it up on off, Shamim Hossain hangs back and defends.
Shoriful Islam to Shamim Hossain
Back of a length on off, Shamim Hossain heaves it to deep mid-wicket for one.
Shoriful Islam to Shamim Hossain
FOUR! Short of a length around off, Shamim Hossain looks to back out of this one and gets a top edge as the ball runs over the keeper down to the fence for a boundary.
Shoriful Islam to Shamim Hossain
Back of a length angling into the batter, Shamim Hossain looks to tuck it away and misses it. Gets hit around the thigh. Dhaka Dominators appeal and go for the review. It is missing the stumps and Shamim Hossain survives.
Shoriful Islam to Azmatullah Omarzai
Back of a length on off, Azmatullah Omarzai runs it down to third man for one.
Shoriful Islam to Azmatullah Omarzai
Fuller on the leg peg, Azmatullah Omarzai clips it to short mid-wicket.
Shoriful Islam to Azmatullah Omarzai
Back of a length outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai drops it to point.
10.00pm  Shoriful Islam (3-1-12-3) will bowl out now.
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
Fuller on the stumps, Shamim Hossain drills it back to the bowler.
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
Slower through the air on off, Shamim Hossain presses forward and defends.
Nasir Hossain to Azmatullah Omarzai
Tossed up on off, Azmatullah Omarzai prods forward and pushes it to cover-point for one.
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
Floated on the stumps, Shamim Hossain reverse sweeps it to short third for a quick single.
Nasir Hossain to Azmatullah Omarzai
Flatter outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai edges it to the short third region and a misfield by the fielder allows the ball to run away from him and lets the batter take three. Shoriful Islam stops it just inside the boundary.
Nasir Hossain to Shamim Hossain
Shorter and quicker outside off, Shamim Hossain cuts it through the backward point region for one.
Amir Hamza to Azmatullah Omarzai
Flatter outside off, Azmatullah Omarzai bunts it to point.
Amir Hamza to Shamim Hossain
Short and outside off, Shamim Hossain cuts it to deep point for one.
Amir Hamza to Shamim Hossain
Floated on off, Shamim Hossain presses forward and defends.
9.51pm  Strategic Time-out! With 6 wickets down, Rangpur Riders are in a spot of bother here. However, with only 20 more runs to get, all they need is a calm head to get them over the line. Dhaka Dominators have come back into this game out of nowhere and they would be thinking it is a matter of just 4 good deliveries. Shamim Hossain now joins Azmatullah Omarzai in the middle.
Amir Hamza to Mohammad Nawaz
OUT! GONE! CAUGHT! Ariful Haque takes a brilliant catch! Tossed up on the stumps, Mohammad Nawaz goes for the slog sweep and hits it to the deep mid-wicket region. Ariful Haque runs around from cow corner and takes a good low catch to his left to dismiss Mohammad Nawaz for 1. Rangpur Riders are in a spot of bother. They have lost a couple of wickets in a flurry. Amir Hamza strikes here and takes his first one of the game.
Mohammad Nawaz c A Haque b A Hamza 1 (9b 0x4 0x6)
Amir Hamza to Mohammad Nawaz
Flatter again on off, Mohammad Nawaz punches it to silly mid-off.
Amir Hamza to Mohammad Nawaz
Flatter on off, Mohammad Nawaz works it to cover fielder.
Amir Hamza to Mohammad Nawaz
Short and outside the tramline, It is Wided!
Nasir Hossain to Azmatullah Omarzai
Short and on off, Azmatullah Omarzai goes back and pushes it to cover.
9.47pm  Azmatullah Omarzai is the new man in.
Nasir Hossain to Shoaib Malik
OUT! STUMPED! Nasir Hossain gets the big fish! Nasir Hossain floats this one short and outside off, Shoaib Malik steps out again and goes for a slog sweep across the line. Misses it altogether and is in no position to get back in his crease. Mohammad Mithun behind the wicket makes no mistake and takes the bails off in a flash. Rangpur Riders are now 5 down with still 21 needed to win.
Shoaib Malik st M Mithun b N Hossain 7 (5b 0x4 1x6)
Nasir Hossain to Shoaib Malik
SIX! BANG! Nasir Hossain bowls this one a bit short on off, Shoaib Malik advances down the track and thumps it well over long on for a maximum.
Nasir Hossain to Mohammad Nawaz
Flighted delivery, full and into the batter, Mohammad Nawaz leans forward and pushes it to the left of the bowler for a single.
Nasir Hossain to Shoaib Malik
Slower and short on middle, Shoaib Malik goes back in his crease and punches it down to long on for a single.
Nasir Hossain to Shoaib Malik
Short and on middle, Shoaib Malik clips this one to square leg for a dot.
Shoriful Islam to Mohammad Nawaz
Back of a length on off, Mohammad Nawaz dabs this one from the crease to backward point for a dot. A wicket maiden over by Shoriful Islam.
Shoriful Islam to Mohammad Nawaz
Banged in short and aimed at the batter by Shoriful Islam, Mohammad Nawaz goes for the pull but the ball gets big on him. The ball catches him on the helmet and goes through to the keeper. Dhaka Dominators think Nawaz has edged it and they send it upstairs. But the replays show that there was not bat involved and the onfield decision stands.
Shoriful Islam to Mohammad Nawaz
Another short delivery on off, Mohammad Nawaz ducks under it and lets it go.
Shoriful Islam to Mohammad Nawaz
Short of a length on off, Mohammad Nawaz tries to steer this one on the off side but fails to connect.
Shoriful Islam to Mohammad Nawaz
Back of a length on off, Mohammad Nawaz defends it off the back foot on the off side.
9.37pm  Mohammad Nawaz is the new man in.
Shoriful Islam to Nurul Hasan
OUT! CAUGHT! Shoriful Islam strikes once again and removes Nurul Hasan! Bowls this one back of a length and on off, Nurul Hasan clears his front leg to go down the ground. Ends up getting this one from the bottom part of the bat and it goes miles high in the air towards mid-wicket. Soumya Sarkar settles under it the high ball and completes the catch after multiple juggling attempts. Both set batters back in the hut for Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dominators have a glimmer of hope.
Nurul Hasan (c) c S Sarkar b S Islam 61 (33b 7x4 3x6)
Nasir Hossain to Shoaib Malik
Short and on middle, Shoaib Malik hangs back and pushes it back to the bowler.
9.33pm  Shoaib Malik comes in at number 5.
Nasir Hossain to Rony Talukdar
OUT! CAUGHT! Nasir Hossain floats this one slower and full on middle, Rony Talukdar uses his feet and looks to slog this one towards the mid-wicket fence. Gets this one from the bottom part of the bat and skies this one high in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Ariful Haque there settles under it and does the rest. Do we have a late twist here?
Rony Talukdar c A Haque b N Hossain 34 (39b 3x4 0x6)
Nasir Hossain to Rony Talukdar
Short and on off, Rony Talukdar pushes this one to cover for a dot.
Nasir Hossain to Rony Talukdar
Flighted delivery, full around off, Rony Talukdar shimmies down the track and looks to go down the ground. Gets a thickish outside edge that falls goes past short third man for a couple of runs.
Nasir Hossain to Rony Talukdar
Tossed up, full and outside off, Rony Talukdar uses his feet and slices this one over cover for a couple of runs.
Nasir Hossain to Rony Talukdar
Short and on off, Rony Talukdar watchfully blocks this one out down the wicket.
9.31pm  Nasir Hossain brings himself into the attack.
Soumya Sarkar to Nurul Hasan
SIX MORE! Slower length delivery on the off-stump line. Nurul Hasan waits for the ball and clubs it over the deep mid-wicket boundary for back-to-back SIXES! Terrific hitting by the Rangpur Riders skipper.
Soumya Sarkar to Nurul Hasan
SIX! SMOKED! Nurul Hasan brings up his FIFTY with that SIX. Fuller length ball on off, Nurul Hasan slogs it away to the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
Soumya Sarkar to Nurul Hasan
FOUR! Back of a length outside off, Nurul Hasan opens the bat's face at the last moment and guides it through the backward point region for a boundary.
Soumya Sarkar to Rony Talukdar
Fuller-length outside off, Rony Talukdar drives it to deep extra cover fielder for one.
Soumya Sarkar to Nurul Hasan
Good length delivery outside off, Nurul Hasan chops it to short third for one.
Soumya Sarkar to Nurul Hasan
Short and outside off, Nurul Hasan cuts it to cover fieldler.
9.25pm  Soumya Sarkar comes into the attack, replacing Muktar Ali.
Amir Hamza to Nurul Hasan
Sliding down the leg peg, Nurul Hasan works it to the deep mid-wicket for a single.
Amir Hamza to Nurul Hasan
Flighted delivery, Nurul Hasan lofts it uppishly, down the ground to the long-on region and the ball falls short of the fielder and lets the batters take a couple.
Amir Hamza to Nurul Hasan
Slower through the air outside off, Nurul Hasan looks to defend but gets beaten on the spin-off the outside edge.
Amir Hamza to Rony Talukdar
Flatter and drifting in, Rony Talukdar bunts it down to long on for one.
Amir Hamza to Rony Talukdar
Tossed up on the middle, Rony Talukdar reverse-sweeps over the infield to the deep point region for a brace.
Amir Hamza to Rony Talukdar
Slower and fuller, Rony Talukdar slaps it away to the fielder at short cover.
Muktar Ali to Nurul Hasan
FOUR!! Floated outside off, Nurul Hasan reaches out for it and drives it through the cover region. Sloppy fielding at the extra cover boundary allows the ball to go for four. 16 comes off that over.
Muktar Ali to Rony Talukdar
Back of a length and on middle, Rony Talukdar works this one down to fine leg and takes a single.
Muktar Ali to Rony Talukdar
Slower and on a length outside off, Rony Talukdar pushes away from the body and plays the shot a bit early. Chips this one uppishly towards the bowler but it falls just short of Muktar Ali.
Muktar Ali to Rony Talukdar
FOUR! EXCELLENT TIMING! Slower one, full and outside off, Rony Talukdar eases it through the cover and the mid-off region for a boundary.
Muktar Ali to Nurul Hasan
Slower length ball into the batter, Nurul Hasan pushes it to deep mid-wicket for one.
Muktar Ali to Nurul Hasan
SIX! BANG! Muktar Ali starts off with a back-of-length delivery outside off, Nurul Hasan picks it up early and pulls it over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
9.14pm  Strategic Time-out! Rangpur Riders are going along nicely at the moment. This pair is doing a good job of keeping the scoreboard ticking and need to carry on. Dhaka Dominators did take two early wickets but have failed to keep the pressure on since then. They need a couple of quick wickets to get back into this game. They now bring Muktar Ali into the attack in search of wickets.
Arafat Sunny to Nurul Hasan
Floated on off, Nurul Hasan pushes it to cover and a misfield by Nasir Hossain allows the batter to take a single.
Arafat Sunny to Rony Talukdar
Fuller on off, Rony Talukdar drives it to long off for one.
Arafat Sunny to Rony Talukdar
Flighted on the middle and leg, Rony Talukdar tucks it to the deep mid-wicket region and the batters scampers through for a couple. Excellent running.
Arafat Sunny to Nurul Hasan
Floated in the middle, Nurul Hasan turns it to deep backward square leg for one.
Arafat Sunny to Nurul Hasan
Tossed up on the stumps, Nurul Hasan presses forward and defends.
Arafat Sunny to Rony Talukdar
Fuller on off, Rony Talukdar bunts it to long off for a single.
Amir Hamza to Nurul Hasan
FOUR! BANG! Tad short on the stumps, Nurul Hasan goes back and carves it nicely through the cover region for a boundary. The fielder at deep cover-point puts in the dive to stop the ball but fails to do so. Good way to end the over.
Amir Hamza to Nurul Hasan
Flatter on the stumps, Nurul Hasan goes back and drops it to point.