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Dhaka knock Rajshahi out of BPL with 99 run victory

Sunil Narine scored a blistering 69 opening the batting
Sunil Narine scored a blistering 69 opening the batting

Dhaka Dynamites 205-5 (Narine 69) beat
Rajshahi Kings 106 (Shakib 4-8) by 99 runs
36th game, Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka

After Dhaka Dynamites went on to post 205 for five in their innings, a four-wicket haul from Shakib Al Hasan played a pivotal role in dismissing Rajshahi Kings for 106 as they completed a 99 run victory in the 36th game of the Bangladesh Premier League in Dhaka.

Dhaka won the toss and decided to bat first. Joe Denly (53) and Sunil Narine (69) set the tone for the innings with a blistering start bringing the 50 run opening stand inside the powerplay and by the halfway mark, Dhaka reached 93 for naught.

The Rajshahi fielders had themselves to blame as they looked sloppy on the field handing reprieves to both the batsmen and duly paid the price for it. Narine hit a couple of sixes in the 12th over to bring his half-century but his 34-ball blistering knock was ended by Mehedi Hasan (1-20) when he castled him.

Denly, who was going at a run a ball completed a patient half-century but fell soon after following which cameos from Kieron Pollard (33), Shahid Afridi (14) and Shakib (13 not out) provided the late flourish to take the total to 205 for five in the 20 overs.

Shakib (4-8) extended Dhaka's momentum in the second innings as well as he removed Lendl Simmons (1), Luke Wright (0) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) in his first two overs and from there on the innings hardly took off.

Shakib had figures of eight for four in the four overs while Mosaddek Hossain (2-9) and Saddam Hossain (2-3) were impressive as Rajshahi were bowled out for 106 in 18.3 overs.

The result also means Rajshahi are out of the tournament while Dhaka are in contention for a top two spot.

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