Kings discharge Dynamites
Rajshahi Kings sealed an easy win by six wickets with 11 balls to spare against Dhaka Dynamites in their second match of the Bangladesh Premier League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Earlier, in the first Rajshahi Kings narrowly bow down to Khulna Titans by 3 runs despite an impressive bowling display as their batting collapsed near the finish line.
However, their bowlers continued with brilliant effort again and this time they did not lose their grip restricting Dhaka for 138 and chased down the target in just 18.1 overs losing four wickets to sealed the match by six wickets.
Put in to bat first, Dhaka did not have a good start as Mehedi Miraz struck early picking up Dhaka's veteran opening batsman Sangakkara for 2 who was missed a good length ball and got bowled out.
Mehedi Maruf, star in Dhaka's season-opening win, powered his short-lived innings with 4 fours and one six before he was trapped LBW by Samit Patel for 25 off 22.
Dhaka's another veteran Lankan recruit Mahela Jayawardene picked Farhad Reza at long off with a lofted shot, one delivery ahead of Maruf's dismissal.
Dhaka lost their third valuable wicket in the first ball of the eighth over as Shakib missed a flight of Miraz's delivery playing front foot and Nurul Hasan did no mistake to puff the bails and Dhaka was reduced to 43/4 from 43/1.
It was then Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, accompanied by Ravi Bopara and Dwayne Bravo, who lifted the Dhaka score past a tenable mark. Bopara (20) was caught by Patel at point as he top edged a short ball from Abul Hasan.
However, Mosaddek remained unbroken after bringing up his maiden T20 fifty which he decorated with 6 fours and one six. Bravo was sustained till the last ball with 13 runs from 10 balls with one four.
For the Rajshahi Kings, Miraz and Patel took two wickets each and Abul got one.
Chasing the paltry target, Mominul Haque and Rony Talukdar made a flying start, though both of them departed in quick succession putting 27 runs on the board.
A 38 runs partnership off 39 balls from Sabbir Rahman and Umar Akmal repaired the losses. Umar was dismissed for 27 from 26 balls with 4 fours. Their English recruit Samit Patel then joined Sabbir and raced to the victory. The scores being levelled, Sabbir was caught behind for 31. Samit was not out on 44 off 25 balls smashing six fours and one six and adjudged the man of the match.