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Dhaka reclaim top position with dominating win over Rajshahi

Shahid Afridi picked four wickets for Dhaka Dynamites
Shahid Afridi picked four wickets for Dhaka Dynamites

Dhaka Dynamites 201-7 (Lewis 64) beat
Rajshahi Kings 133 (Afridi 4-26) by 68 runs
19th match, Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka

Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard scored blistering half-centuries while Shahid Afridi claimed a four wicket haul as Dhaka Dynamites reclaimed the top position in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League with a 68 run win over Rajshahi Kings in Dhaka.

Rajshahi won the toss and decided to field first. Lewis (64) looked in ominous form as he hit four boundaries and a six in the first two overs following which he and Afridi (15) struck three fours each in the next two overs to take the total to 53 for naught in the first four overs.

The onslaught ended when Mehidy Hasan (2-31) castled Afridi in the fifth over but a six and a four from Jahurul Islam (15) meant, Dhaka reached 75 for one at the end of the powerplay.

It was Mehedy once again, who helped Rajshahi make a comeback when he removed Jahurul and by the half-way mark, Lewis too departed with his 38 ball knock featuring 10 boundaries and a six.

As the innings was losing momentum, it needed a special effort from Pollard (52 not out) as his unbeaten 25 ball knock lifted Dhaka's total to 201 for seven in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Rajshahi was handed early blows by Abu Hider Rony (3-11) as he removed Rony Talukdar (0) and Samit Patel (6) inside the first three overs. With Afridi (4-26) taking full control of the middle overs, only Zakir Hasan (36) and Darren Sammy (19) showed some fight as the visitors were restricted to 133 in 18.2 overs.

The massive 68 run win has taken Dhaka back to the top position in the table with Afridi winning the man of the match award.

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