Shakib steers Dhaka to secure the second place
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan steered Dhaka Dynamites to secure the second place of the point table as they beat Rangpur Riders in their last match of the league round phase by 43 runs at Sher-e-Bangla National cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Rangpur, on the other hand, finished the round phase as the fourth team. With the win, Dhaka assured an extra chance to seal the final berth of BPL 2017. As the loser of the match between top two will play again against the winner of the match between third and fourth teams.
The condition of the wicket was poor and opted to bat first, Dhaka scored 137 runs for seven wickets. In pursuit, Rangpur could make only 94 runs for seven wickets.
There was uneven bounce in the wicket and it was tough to play shot for both the teams.
Dhaka lost five wickets for only 48 runs while Rangpur lost five wickets for 39 runs. Shakib and Mehedi Maruf rescued Dhaka but none from the Rangpur side could do so.
Dhaka struggled at the beginning. Sunil Narine (4) got out in a bouncer of Rubel while Jahurul Islam (5) walked off becoming out in a shorter delivery of Ebadat Hossain. Mossadek Hossain (10) failed once again. Joe Denly struggled a lot to score runs but failed and got out scoring nine runs. Evin Lewis spent about 10 overs in the wickets but before becoming hit wicket he could score 14 runs off 18 balls.
Losing five wickets for only 48 runs Dhaka were on the back foot. Shakib and Mehedi Maruf then led the innings as they assisted 55 runs for the sixth wicket pair.
Maruf scored 33 runs off 23 balls while Shakib was unbeaten with 47 runs off 33 balls. Dhaka scored 52 runs in the last five overs.
Ebadat hauled two wickets in his maiden match for 37 runs while Nahidul grabbed one wicket conceding only 12 runs in four overs.
138 runs seemed easy to run down but as per the condition of the wicket it was not easy. Rangpur batter needed to bat coolly according to the situation but they failed.
Brendon McCullum (1) and Adam Lyth (3) walked off the ground playing poor shot. Shahriar Nafees and Mohammad Mithun also failed to guide the innings. Opener Johnson Charles was playing better and keep the hope for the Riders but he got out scoring 26 runs.
Nahidul tried to fight but he was bowled in an ankle-high delivery by Sunil Narine. Ravi Bopara was unbeaten with 28 runs off 30 balls but it just minimised the margin.
After brilliant batting, Shakib hauled two wickets for 13 runs that enabled him to achieve the man of the match award.