All-round Shakib helps Dhaka Dynamites to top two finish
Dhaka Dynamites 137-7 (Shakib 47no) beat
Rangpur Riders 94-7 (Shakib 2-13) by 43 runs
41st match, Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka
Shakib Al Hasan led from the front with an unbeaten 47 and followed it with a two-wicket haul as Dhaka Dynamites sealed the second position in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League with a 43 run victory over Rangpur Riders in Mirpur.
Dhaka will now face Comilla Victorians in the Qualifier 1 with the winner set to make the final while the loser will get another chance in Qualifier 2 game.
Dhaka won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rangpur struggled throughout powerplay with Rubel Hossain (2-32) getting Sunil Narine (4) dismissed in the second over while Joe Denly (9), who had a reprieve with a missed stumping chance was accounted by Samuel Badree (1-18).
The home side continued to slide further as they lost Jahurul Islam (5), Mosaddek Hossain (10) and Evin Lewis (14) all before the half-way mark during which the score was 49 for five.
At one stage, it looked unlikely that Dhaka might bat all 20 overs but Mehedi Maruf (33) and Shakib (47 not out) helped them recover with a 55 run stand for the sixth wicket. The duo shared five boundaries and three sixes between them.
Maruf fell in the 17th over trying to up the ante but Shakib batted all the way through and ensured Dhaka reached 137 for seven in their innings.
In the chase, Rangpur lost Adam Lyth (3), Brendon McCullum (1), Shahriar Nafees (7) and Mohammad Mithun (2) in single digits with Shakib (2-13) picking two of the four wickets.
Johnson Charles (26) and Ravi Bopara (28 not out) tried to wage a fight but they struggled to up the ante with the Dhaka bowlers Shakib, Sunil Narine (1-18), Mohammad Amir (1-15) and Abu Hider Rony (2-23) performing exceedingly well to restrict Rangpur to 94 for seven.
Rangpur will face Khulna Titans in the Eliminator on Friday.
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