DHAKA: Star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with both the bat and ball to lead Dhaka Dynamites to a comfortable win over Rangpur Riders at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday (December 6). The skipper initially came to his side’s rescue when they were reeling at 48 for 5 after opting to bat.
Sunil Narine, who blasted six sixes in his previous outing, failed to fire this time as he was the first one to fall for just four. Rangpur applied the brakes on the scoring rate right from the beginning with the likes of Evin Lewis and Joe Denly struggling for timing. The pressure eventually resulted in wickets with Dynamites losing their way.
When Lewis fell for 18-ball 14 in the tenth over, it appeared as if Dynamites would catapult for a low total before Shakib revived the innings. He added 55 runs for the sixth wicket with Mehedi Maruf to ensure the innings was back on track. Mehedi took the initiative in the partnership contributing 33 runs and when he fell in the 17th over, the stage was set for Kieron Pollard to provide the impetus at the death. But the Windies allrounder disappointed the crowd to fall for just six, leaving Shakib to fight on his own.
The skipper added 26 off 14 balls with Mohammad Amir contributing only 3 off 5 in the stand. His unbeaten 47 finally appeared to have given his side something decent to defend. But what followed was another top order collapse in the second innings. Shakib took the new ball to bowl in the powerplay and got through the defenses of Brendon McCullum after Adam Lyth’s dismissal.
Shakib struck again in the tenth over to trap Mohammad Mithun leg-before-wicket as the Riders’ innings followed a similar script to their opposition. Ravi Bopara briefly threatened to reprise the role of Shakib but he failed to find support from the other end. The bowlers eventually choked Riders, who finished with 94 for 7 in their quota.
The win ensured Dynamites finished in the top two which will give them another chance to make it to the final in case they lose in the first qualifier against table-toppers Comilla Victorians. Riders, who finished in the fourth spot, will now take on Khulna Titans in the eliminator on Friday.