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POST TIME: 13 December, 2019 11:36:17 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 December, 2019 02:14:02 AM
Dhaka beat Cumilla by 20 runs
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Dhaka beat
Cumilla by
20 runs

Dhaka Platoon’s swashbuckling opener Tamim Iqbal goes for a big hit as Cumilla Warriors wicketkeeper Mahidul Islam Ankon looks on during their Bangabandhu BPL match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Tamim Iqbal’s scintillating 74 and Thisara Perera’s fiery 42 maneuvered Dhaka Platoon to rout Cumilla Warriors by 20 runs in their second match of the Akash-DTH Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Losing the first match to Rajshahi Royals by nine wickets, Dhaka needed to win the match for their momentum for which they brought change in their playing XI, where they fielded spin all-rounder Shuvagata Hom in lieu of Ariful Haque while the warriors fielded an unchanged XI.

Chasing a challenging target of 181, the Warriors’ opener Bhanuka Rajapaksa raised storm with his bat coming at the crease, but Mashrafe Bin Mortaza halted

his devastation in his second over. Before being bowled by Masharafe, Rajapaksa clobbered two sixes and three fours in his 12-ball 29.

Just four runs later, off-spinner Mahedi Hasan sent Yasir Ali Chowdhury back to the pavilion cheaply.

Soumya Sarkar and Dawid Malan then steadied the ship with their 50-run partnership but Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz unsettled the partnership removing Soumya, who struck 35 off 26, hitting five fours and a six before being caught behind.

Globe-trotting Lanka all-rounder triggered a mini-collapse of the Warriors tents with his tricky medium pace when he got rid of Sabbir Rahman (4) and his compatriot Dasun Shanaka (0) in two successive deliveries, while Cumilla were at 98-5 in 11.3 overs.

Dawid Malan lit up a glimmer of hopes as long as he stayed at the wickets, but he was caught and bowled by Wahab Riaz, who grabbed two wickets. Malan made 40 and added 44 runs for the sixth wicket with Mahidul Islam Ankan, who lashed for 37 after Malan. Warriors’ hopes to win the match virtually dashed with the departure of Malan.

Thisara Perepa later completed his five-wicket haul removing Abu Haider Roney and Sunzamul Islam in two consecutive deliveries that hastened their tail. Finally, Cumilla managed to put on 160-9 in 20 overs. Thisara Perera was named player of the match for his all-round display.

Earlier, after being asked to bat, Dhaka Platoon fumbled at the very first ball of the innings when Warriors Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman pinned down opener Anamul Haque Bijoy (0) leg-before for golden duck.

By then, pacer Abu Haider Rony sent Dhaka back-foot further when Mahedi Hasan gave an easy catch to Al Amin Hossain at backward short leg while Dhaka were stuttering at 26/2 inside 06 overs.

This time Tamim Iqbal bailed the team out of the precarious 26/2 with a couple of useful partnerships that he built up with Laurie Evans and Thisara Perera. By scoring, he not only returned to runs after a long hiatus, but also boosted the team’s total.

The national team opener added 75 runs with Laurie Evans for the third-wicket stand that surpassed 100-run mark and another 48 runs with Thisara Perera for the fourth-wicket partnership that placed them close to 150.

En route to his brilliant 74, Tamim got life twice, on four while Soumya Sarkar spilled an easy catch and on 43 when Dawid Malan lost his balance and touched the rope after taking the sitter at third man area.

Tamim brought up his fifty from 40 balls. Finally, he stroked 53-ball 74 laced with half-a-dozen boundaries and four sixes.

Dhaka lost their third wicket at 101 when Laurie Evans hit Dasun Shanaka for big shot, but it went to Abu Haider Rony, who at deep forward took it in second effort.

With the exit of Tamim, Dhaka lost another two wickets - Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz - in the space of two runs that sent them back foot once again for a while.

But Thisara Perera launched his devastation after coming into the pitch and played a fiery innings of 42 off just 17 balls with seven fours and a six. Then Mashrafe Bin Mortaza smoked 5-ball nine with a six that finally propelled Dhaka to 180-7, the highest total of the 2019 BPL so far.

Medium fast-bowlers Dasun Shanaka and Soumya Sarkar picked up two wickets each, while Abu Haider Rony and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bagged one wicket apiece for the Warriors.