Chattogram needed 146 in order to secure their playoff berth but were made to wait for it as they eventually managed 138/9
Beximco Dhaka held their nerve to clinch their third win in a row in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, after starting the tournament with three straight losses, as Gazi Group Chattogram saw their four-match winning run come to an end at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Sunday.
Dhaka were victorious by seven runs in a thriller as they exacted revenge over the table-topper who had bundled out the former for only 88 in their previous clash.
Chattogram needed 146 in order to secure their playoff berth but were made to wait for it as they eventually managed 138/9 in their stipulated 20 overs.
The port city suffered a big loss in their pursuit early in the innings when opener Soumya Sarkar, one of the most in-form players of the tournament, was judged leg before wicket without opening his account in the very first over bowled by right-arm paceman Rubel Hossain.
The television replay showed that the ball pitched outside leg stump but Chattogram openers did not opt for a review after discussing among them.
Another in-form opener, Liton Kumar Das, the highest scorer of the tournament thus far, was crucial for Chattogram in their chase as he made 47 off 39 balls.
But the right-handed batsman got out in the last ball of the 14th over while trying to play a scoop shot against off spinner Robiul Islam Robi, and Shafiqul Islam took a splendid catch at short fine leg, running and diving to his right at full stretch.
Liton left his side on 96/3, with 50 required off 36 deliveries.
The equation was still gettable for Chattogram but skipper Mohammad Mitun departed for 21 three balls later and the other batsmen failed to navigate the side home.
Medium pacer Muktar Ali picked up three wickets for Dhaka while Rubel and Robiul took two scalps each.
Earlier Dhaka made a struggling start and at a stage were reduced to 23/3 in the fifth over.
Sabbir Rahman returned to the playing XI for Dhaka in this game and was promoted to open the batting, but he never looked comfortable and ultimately stayed for 10 balls scoring just seven with the aid of an shaky boundary.
Dhaka could have been in further trouble had captain Mushfiqur Rahim been dismissed when he was on two, but Soumya dropped his catch at slip off left-arm spinner Rakibul Islam.
Mushfiq dearly made Chattogram pay as he and Yasir Ali Rabbi added 86 for the fourth wicket.
Yasir scored 34 off 38 deliveries with three boundaries before being caught off the bowling of the tournament’s highest wicket taker Mustafizur Rahman.
Mushfiq remained solid at the other end and scored quick runs in the end with delightful strokes all around the park help his side reach 145/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Mushfiq remained unbeaten on 73 off 50 deliveries with seven fours and three sixes and was later adjudged man of the match.
13TH MATCH, BDvGGC
BEXIMCO DHAKA INNINGS R B
Naim c Nahidul b Shariful 13 11
Sabbir lbw b Rakibul 7 10
Tanzid lbw b Nahidul 0 2
Mushfiq not out 73 50
Yasir c Mosaddek b Mustafizur 34 38
Akbar not out 10 9
Extras (lb 2, w 6) 8
Total (20 Ov, RR: 7.25) 145/4
Fall Of Wickets
1-13 (Naim), 2-13 (Tanzid), 3-23 (Sabbir), 4-109 (Yasir)
Nahidul 4-0-16-1, Shariful 4-0-48-1, Rakibul 4-0-24-1, Mustafizur 4-0-19-1, Mosaddek 1-0-8-0, Soumya 3-0-28-0
GAZI GROUP CHATTOGRAM INNINGS R B
Liton c Shafiqul b Robi 47 39
Soumya lbw b Rubel 0 2
Mahmudul c sub (Nayeem) b Robi 26 24
Mithun c Yasir b Shafiqul 21 20
Mosaddek c Akbar b Rubel 13 16
Shamsur c Naim b Muktar 10 8
Ziaur run out (Mushfiq) 1 1
Nahidul b Muktar 9 4
Rakibul not out 1 3
Mustafizur c Tanzid b Muktar 7 3
Shariful not out 0 0
Extras (lb 2, w 1) 3
Total (20 Ov, RR: 6.9) 138/9
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Soumya), 2-48 (Mahmudul), 3-96 (Liton), 4-98 (Mithun), 5-114 (Shamsur), 6-115 (Ziaur), 7-129 (Mosaddek), 8-130 (Nahidul), 9-138 (Mustafizur)
Rubel 4-0-24-2, Nasum 4-0-25-0, Shafiqul 4-0-25-1, Robi 4-0-23-2, Muktar 4-0-39-3
Beximco Dhaka won by seven runs
MoM: Mushfiqur Rahim (BD)