The Rajshahi Kings beat the Dhaka Dynamites by 6 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.
A husky all-round performance by Samit Patel gave the Kings their first win of the 2016 season of the BPL. He took 2 wickets to keep the Dynamites to 138 before a rush of boundaries that eased the chase for the Kings. Patel scored an unbeaten 44 of 25 balls and shared a fourth wicket partnership with Sabbir Rahman of 72 runs. Sabbir was dismissed for 31 when scores were level. Mohammed Shahid bowled a wide to give the Kings the victory with 11 balls to spare. That wide was symbol of the Dynamites’ ignorance with the ball as they conceded 15 extras in the match.
The Kings run chase began by Rony Talukdar smashing a straight six and fours through the mid-off and fine-leg region but when he injured his back, it cost the Kings 2 wickets. First, the runout of Mominul Haque to get Rony off strike and then Rony coming down the wicket to Shakib-ul-Hasan and being stumped. This was Shakib’s 50th BPL wicket and he became the leading wicket takers in BPL history.
Sabbir and Umar Akmal quickly settled the nerves and scored regular boundaries for 38 run 3rd wicket partnership but when Akmal fell for 27 in the 1oth over, Patel took the baton showed why he was a valuable member of the team. He hit 6 boundaries with 5 in the off-side and 1 through fine leg. His only six came from a big slog over over long on which took the Kings 10 runs within the victory line.
The Dynamites were put into bat, Mehedi Mahruf gave them a bright start after the loss of Kumar Sangakarra in the second over. Maruf slammed four boundaries and a swept six off Mohammad Sami in his 22-ball 25 but fell into the seven-ball hole that resulted in three Dhaka wickets. Patel removed Mahela Jayawardene before he took the wicket of Maruf two balls later.In the first ball of the next over, Shakib was stumped off Mehedi Hasan and suddenly the Dynamites were 43 for 4 in the eighth over. With most of their senior players back in the changing room, the Dynamites were on a heave of pressure but the confidence of Mossadek Hussain meant that they recovered quickly for a total that they could at least try to defend.
During Mosaddek’s 54 run partnership with Ravi Bopara, he times the ball beautifully through the off side with mere pushes. After Bopara went back, Mosaddek smashed Sami over point for his only six and soon after brought up his first fifty of the BPL 2016. He also shared a 41 run partnership with Darren Bravo for the 6th wicket.
Mehedi and Patel took two wickets each with Hasan taking one by bowling a good line and length throughout the innings. Sami was extremely unlucky as he ahd Darren and Mossadek dropped in the last over on the boundary but it had no difference on the game in the end.
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