Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fletcher’s brilliance not enough to stop Sixers loss, Gayle fails to fire*


CHITTAGONG
 
Andre Fletcher’s second half-century of the Bangladesh Premier League was not enough to prevent Sylhet Sixers from their fifth defeat, as they went down by 40 runs to Chittagong Vikings yesterday.
Chasing an imposing 212 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Sixers made a fist of it before eventually coming up short at 171 for eight off their 20 overs, with West Indies batsman Fletcher top-scoring with a whirlwind 71 off 48 deliveries. Pakistan star Babar Azam chipped in with 41 from 32 balls while wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan got 28 but Taskin Ahmed (3-31) and fellow seamers Stiaan van Zyl (2-14) and Soumya Sarkar (2-17) all hurt the innings with incisive spells. Requiring a hasty start, Sixers got exactly that as Fletcher put on 43 for the first wicket with Sri Lankan Danushka Gunathilaka (10) before adding a further 80 for the second wicket with Babar Azam.

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