Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq’s 61 off 39 balls and left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir’s career best T20 figures of four wickets for 30 runs in four overs set the Rangpur Rider’s clash with Chittagong Vikings alight on Sunday.
Riders bagged a last-ball victory but the highlight of the match was the second innings with Misbah helping his team in the chase while Amir trying to help his team defend 187-run total.
Amir was twice on hat-trick in the match. In the third over of the second innings, Amir accounted for Lendl Simmons as Tamim Iqbal took the catch.
On the very next ball, Amir dismissed Soumya Sarkar LBW.
Misbah, the man of the match, came in to bat at number four for the Riders and once again helped his team out of trouble, as he has always done for Pakistan, by hitting four sixes and three boundaries – very unlike his style.
Amir was then given the ball to bowl the penultimate over and he accounted for Thisara Perera with a slow ball. Jeevan Mendis took the catch at midwicket.
Amir’s next victim was none other than the Misbah. An incoming yorker rattled Misbah’s off-stump as he left the pitch nearly guiding his team to victory. Amir was ecstatic after cleaning up the Pakistan Test captain.
Before that Misbah had pulled Amir for a four towards square leg in the 15th over.
Earlier, Vikings won the toss and chose to bat first setting a target of 187 for Riders. Tamim Iqbal scored 51 off 32 for the Vikings while Saqlain Sajib bagged three wickets in his four overs for the Riders.