Dhaka Dynamites beat the Barisal Bulls by 8 wickets. Here is the scorecard and full commentary.
Mehedi Maruf’s unbeaten 75 helped chase down an easy total of 149 and placed their mark in the tournament with their first win. A 88 run opening partnership made sure that the Dynamites would win with him and Kumar Sangakarra. Mehedi hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 45 ball knock.
Mehedi’s ever growing reputation of being an explosive opener continued when he smashed Al-Amin Hossain for 2 sixes in the leg side then continued his dominance on Dilshan Munaweera with another six over mid wicket and bombarded the bowlers with boundaries in the cover and point region. He reached his 50 of 30 balls, before hitting Taijul Islam and Monir Hossain in the crowd for his last 2 sixes.
Sangakarra supported his partner well with a 24 ball 30 but then perished to Taijul in the ninth over but it had no impact on the game as the damage had already been done. Shakib-ul-Hasan chipping in with a 20 and Mosaddek Hossain with a 10, the Dynamites easily reached their target with 4 overs to spare.
Earlier in the day, the Bulls had got of to a controversial start as there was inconclusive evidence saying if the ball had carried to the slips by an edge by Shamsur Rahman. Nasir Hossain then took a brilliant catch at point to remove Munaweera before Dawid Malan’s dismissal in the eighth over made it 44 for 3. Shahriar Nafees and Mushfiqur Rahim rescued Barisal from that point through a fourth wicket stand of 82 off 51. Nafees scored his 4th T20 fifty, and his first since February 2013. He struck seven fours and two big sixes in his 34-ball 55, many of them crisp hits past point, midwicket and square leg.
After Nafees went back to the dressing room, the Bulls just could not accelerate even when Mushfiqur reached his 50 in 36 balls. Mohammad Shahid was Dhaka’s standout bowler, with 3 for 21 by getting 1 bowled and 2 catch outs.
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