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Delport was the star for the Vikings

Chittagong Vikings vs Dhaka Dynamites

A tight 11-run win over Dhaka Dynamites helped Chittagong Vikings seal their spot in the playoffs of the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League. Opting to bat first, Vikings made a pretty good start with Mohammad Shahzad and Cameron Delport keeping the scorecard busy in the powerplay overs. Sunil Narine then pegged back Vikings with the wickets of Shahzad and Yasir Ali but Delport kept going strong at one end to ensure his side didn't lose the momentum.

Delport was involved in a vital 79-run stand with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to help his side post a substantial total. The opener hit four sixes in his 57-ball 71 and Rahim struck two in his quickfire 43 and if not for a hat-trick from Andre Russell, Vikings could have posted 180 on the board. Russell accounted for the wickets of Rahim, Delport and Dasun Shanaka off the first three balls of the final over to keep Vikings to 174.

A couple of early wickets from Abu Jayed and a run-out put Dynamites on the backfoot very early in the chase. From 23/3, Dynamites were rescued by a 50-run partnership between Nurul Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan but Delport trapped the former leg-before-wicket to peg the opposition back. A mix-up then cost Kieron Pollard his wicket and even though Russell threatened to take the game away alongside Shakib, Shanaka removed them both to aide his side choke Dynamites.

Brief scores: Chittagong Vikings 174/5 in 20 overs (Cameron Delport 71, Mushfiqur Rahim 43; Andre Russell 3-38) beat Dhaka Dynamites 163/9 in 20 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 53, Andre Russell 39; Abu Jayed 3-25) by 11 runs

Sylhet Sixers vs Rajshahi Kings

Rajshahi Kings kept their playoff hopes alive at the expense of Sylhet Sixers following a comprehensive five-wicket win. In a high-scoring encounter, Kings chased down 190 with two overs to spare and will now rely on Dhaka Dynamites to make it to the top four. Dynamites will have to lose their final two games to keep Kings in contention whereas the defeat on Wednesday ended Sixers's hopes.

Opting to bat, Sixers saw Liton Das, Afif Hossain and Jason Roy departing without significant contributions. Sabbir Rahman then joined forces with Nicholas Pooran to take on the Kings's bowling attack to add 53 runs in less than five overs to give their side the ideal platform. While Sabbir fell for a well-made 45 without causing damage at the death, Pooran continued his assault and smashed six sixes and six fours in an unbeaten 76 that came off just 31 deliveries to help his post 189 on the board.

While Zakir Hasan and Shahriar Nafees fell for single-digit scores, Johnson Charles and Laurie Evans kept their side in the hunt. Charles's departure only made things difficult for the bowling side as Ryan ten Doeschate smashed an 18-ball 42 and added 109 off just 45 deliveries alongside Evans. Sohail Tanvir managed to get rid of both the batsmen in the same over but the damage was done by then.

Brief scores: Sylhet Sixers 189/5 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 76*, Sabbir Rahman 45; Kamrul Islam 2-30) lost to Rajshahi Kings 190/5 in 18 overs (Laurie Evans 76, Ryan ten Doeschate 42; Sohail Tanvir 2-27) by five wickets

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