Dhaka Dynamites returned to winning ways when they beat defending champions Comilla Victorians by 32 runs in their Bangladesh Premier League 2016-17 season match in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Chasing Dhaka’s 170/4, Comilla made a decent start to their chase. Their opening wicket partnership continued till the fifth over before Nazmul Hossain Shanto (17) was dismissed by paceman Mohammad Shahid, who picked his 15th wicket of the tournament.
The other opening batsman, Pakistan recruit Khalid Latif scored 38 but after he departed in the 11th over off the bowling of West Indies seamer Dwayne Bravo, Comilla lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to cope up with the required run rate. The holders eventually ended their reply on 138/8.
With a run-a-ball 22, Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad was the second-highest scorer for Comilla.
Bravo bowled superbly, mixing his pace effectively to take three wickets for 32 runs.
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Dhaka's Dwayne Bravo celebrates one of his three wickets DHAKA TRIBUNE
Earlier, Dhaka captain Shakib al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat first. Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting alongside the in-form Mehedi Maruf.
Dhaka started brightly as their opening batsmen scored some quick runs in the first four overs. Maruf (22) departed in the fifth over while charging down the track only to be stumped by Comilla wicket-keeper Liton Kumar Das off Nabil Samad.
Another Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who replaced Matt Coles in the playing XI, came in at No 3 and formed a good partnership of 45 runs with Sangakkara.
Comilla’s Afghanistan recruit Rashid Khan then cleaned up Sangakkara in the 11th over. Sangakkara made 33 off 28 balls.
Rashid also bagged the wicket of Jayawardene in the 13th over when the right-hander tried to sweep only to miss the line of the delivery and get bowled out. Jayawardene scored 31 from 27 deliveries.
Skipper Shakib was the top-scorer for Dhaka with an impressive 26-ball 41, featuring four fours and a six.
Rashid conceded 26 runs for his two wickets.
Dhaka captain Shakib was adjudged player of the match for his all-round performance.
This is Dhaka's fifth win out of eight matches as they leapfrogged Rangpur Riders into second position in the points table.
On the other hand, Comilla’s miserable BPL 4 campaign continues as they tasted their seventh defeat in the same number of outings as Dhaka.
Comilla Victorians 138/8
(Latif 38, Shehzad 22, Bravo 3/32) lost to Dhaka Dynamites 170/4
(Shakib 41*, Sangakkara 33, Jayawardene 31) by 32 runs
WHAT THEY SAID
Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib al Hasan
My main target this season is to reach the final and if possible become the champion. Apart from that, I have no individual goals this season. As there is no car this time around, what’s the benefit of becoming the man of the series? (laughs). At times, there are some targets. But at this point of time, it doesn't matter. I think it’s important to contribute for the team and win the trophy. We still have a good chance of reaching the final and winning the title. We will try to win this time. If you ask me about my personal goal, I would say apart from winning the trophy, I have no targets. Obviously if you notice, both the highest run-getter and the wicket-taker are the local cricketers, which is a very good sign. That’s the reason why this tournament has been competitive. And apart from the locals, the foreign players are also contributing.
Comilla Victorians' Nabil Samad
It’s always difficult to chase 170. If we had scored some runs initially in the first six overs then we would have done something better. Actually I don’t see any specific reason as we can’t say the batsmen are out of form. You see when we bowl well, our batting is not upto the mark. Same thing happens when we bat well. Our bowlers disappoint us. We are not getting the overall combination right. We are not a bad side but things are not going our way. Twenty20 cricket is all about momentum. If we had won one or two games upfront then things would have been different. The players would have gained confidence. We have been unable to get out of this losing streak, which is the main reason why we are lacking confidence at the moment.