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by Sandeep Shivam Saturday 9 December 2017
Dhaka Dynamites 191-7 (Lewis 47) beatComilla Victorians 96 (Afridi 3-16) by 95 runsQualifier 1, Bangladesh Premier League, DhakaScorecard
Shahid Afridi scored a blistering 30 run knock and followed it with a three wicket haul as well to help Dhaka Dynamites complete a massive 95 run victory over Comilla Victorians to book a berth in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League.
Dhaka won the toss and opted to bat first. In an eventful first two overs, Evin Lewis (47) survived a LBW decision but his opening partner Mehedi Maruf (6) was caught at deep square leg off Hasan Ali (3-16).
Mahedi Hasan (0-38) released the pressure in his second over as he conceded 17 runs off it including three boundaries from Lewis and soon Joe Denly (32) joined the onslaught as Dhaka ended the powerplay with a score of 49 for one.
The 69 run stand for the second wicket finally came to an end when Lewis was castled by Shoaib Malik (1-28) but Kieron Pollard (31) changed the complexion of the innings with a 18-ball cameo that saw him plunder three sixes and a boundary.
Even though double strikes from Hasan and Dwayne Bravo (2-45) pegged Dhaka's momentum a bit, Afridi (30) provided the late flourish with a 19 ball decisive knock to lift the total to 191 for seven in the 20 overs.
Comilla struggled throughout the chase as only Tamim Iqbal (31) managed a double digit score in the top eight as the likes of Liton Das (0), Jos Buttler (5), Imrul Kayes (9) and Marlon Samuels (6) failed to deliver.
Afridi (3-16), Shakib (2-19) and Mosaddek Hossain (2-24) shared seven wickets between them as Dhaka bowled out Comilla for 96 and completed a convincing 95 run victory to reach the final.
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