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Dhaka go top after winning a thriller

Pollard, Jahurul lift home team from perilous position
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Dhaka go top after winning a thriller
Dhaka Dynamites middle-order batsman Keiron Pollard cracks a boundary as Khulna Titans wicketkeeper Chadick Walton looks on during their BPL-5 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Defending champions Dhaka Dynamites showed their batting depth in a crunch moment to seal their third victory in fourth match and go on top of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) points table. On the way to their third straight victory, they recovered from a seemingly hopeless 41 for five to secure a hard-earned four-wicket win over Khulna Titans yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Keiron Pollard stole the show with a marauding 24 ball-55, including a 19-ball-fifty, the joint second fastest in BPL tournament but Jahurul Islam Omee was key in sealing the deal in a nerve-wrecking last over. With six runs needing in the last over, Carlos Brathwaite sent down two successive dot deliveries to leave Dhaka fans in a nervy state. Brathwaite gave just two runs in next two balls, bringing the equation to four of two balls. Standing on the brink of losing the game, Jahurul however played a risky scoop shot to hit a  short third man boundary to script a victory, much to the relief of the tensed Dhaka fans. Even though Khulna’s 156 for five looked not winning total, the bowlers made it tougher for Dhaka but Jahurul’s risk paid the dividends as they sealed the deal with one ball to spare. Jahurul was finally unbeaten on 45 off 39, hitting five fours.

Khulna’s innings was all about the one-man show of Carlos Brathwaite who hit his maiden T20 half-century by smacking a 29 ball-64, a innings studded with four fours and six towering sixes. His inhuman batting in the death overs, helped Khulna score 63 runs in the last five overs and steered them towards a competitive total that looked a distant dream at one phase.

After Shakib Al Hasan elected to field first, Shahid Afridi and Sunil Narine were to the fore once again as they slowed down the scoring rate with accurate bowling to raise the prospect of restricting Khulna below 100.

Khulna’s local players were disappointing again, leaving Rilee Rossouw to take the onus. Rossouw held the one end intact amid the regular wickets falling at other end but he too was dismissed in a crucial moment after scoring 34 off 30.

Brathwaite came in the crease and made an instant impact by smashing Afridi two sixes in an over. Afridi who gave away 10 runs in three overs, finally ended up with 23 for one. Brathwaite went on onslaught in similar destructive fashion on his compatriot Sunil Narine, taking 15 runs in his last over after to force him ending with 4-0-22-1 from 3-0-7-1.

For a star-studded batting line-up in which a batsman like the caliber of Kumar Sangakkara had no place, the score wasn’t enough. But Abu Jayed, John Archer, Akila Dananjaya and Shafiul Islam came up all guns blazing to trigger a sensational collapse that left Dhaka to 24 for four.

Shakib Al Hasan seemed to have rescued the side but once Mahmudullah Riyad removed him for 20 to reel Dhaka at 41 for five, the match looked virtually over. Keiron Pollard was not in form but when it mattered most, he showed his destructive best.

He began the carnage with a 25-run, including four sixes in an over of Mahmudullah and suddenly brought down the soaring asking run rate in Dhaka’s favour. He finally smashed six sixes and three fours in his 55 off 24, before Shafiul came back in second spell to remove him and gave Khulna a sense of victory.

Jahurul Islam remained calm under the pressure and eventually sailed the side home with a ball to spare to leave Khulna in utter frustration.

 

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