Sabbir and Nafees steered the Barisal Bulls with their brilliant knocks to seal the final berth of BPL-3 as they outshined the Rangpur Riders by five wickets in the exciting second qualifier with three balls to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Barisal Bull will take on Comilla Victorians for the title on December 15 at 6:30pm.
Barisal played the match without their giant Chris Gayle as he was supposed to leave Dhaka on Sunday night to join his big bash team in Australia.
Opting to bat first, Rangpur posted a fighting total of 161 runs riding on the fifty of Lendl Simmons and stormy innings of Darren Sammy.
Chasing the target, the staring of Barisal was poor. They lost both the openers Rony and Seekkuge Prasanna with the team total of 10 runs. Arafat Sunny hauled the wicket of Rony (2) while Shakib made Prasanna (7) a LBW victim.
Sabbir and Shahriar Nafees steered the Bulls adding 124 runs for the third wicket stand. The duo played magnificently holding their nerve to script the win for Barisal.
But with 27 runs needed in 22 balls Nafees became run-out scoring a 40-ball 44 runs. Following Nafees, Sabbir also got out scoring 79 off 49 balls with seven four and three sixes. Sabbir tried to hit Perera for a six but Sammy grabbed an excellent balanced catch just in front of the long-on boundary rope.
Tough Barisal lost the wicket for Mahmudullah (5) in the 19th over, two Caribbeans Emrit (7) and Copper (10) finished it off remaining unbeaten to seal the final berth.
Earlier, Rangpur sent debutant Abdullah Al Mamun, who got chance as a replacement of injured Jahurul Islam, opened the innings with Lendl Simmons. The duo script a well start to Rangpur scoring 52 runs within nine over.
Scoring a 23-ball 20 with one four and six each Mamun was dismissed by leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna.
Soumya came to bat at number three and misery continued for him. Soumya (6) went for a big hit off Kevon Cooper but it was not properly timed and Mohammad Sami took a full-length diving catch at long-off.
Simmons and Shakib then added 44 runs for the third wicket pair off just 28 balls to accelerate the run rate. Al-Amin broke the pair departing Shakib (13).
Though Shakib walked off, Simmons was playing his scoring shots. Sami had his man when Simmons tired for a scoop but missed it and the ball hit the stumps.
The brilliant innings of a 57-ball 73 by Simmons was decorated with nine fours and two sixes.
Following Simmons, Thisara Perera (5) returned soon giving a return catch to Cooper.
Sammy and Nabi then assisted 25 runs off 12 balls for the sixth wicket pair to keep the run wheel on.
Rangpur could make the total bigger. But they lost four wickets in the last over bowled by Copper. Nabi (8) and Sammy (23) were caught while Mithun and Saqlain Sabij became run out.
Taking four wickets for 39 runs Copper was the best bowler for Barisal.