POST TIME: 15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 December, 2019 01:19:35 AM
Bangabandhu BPL
Dhaka beat Sylhet by 24 runs
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Dhaka beat 
Sylhet by 
24 runs

Dhaka Platoon opener Anamul Haque Bijoy sends the ball to midwicket boundary as Sylhet Thunder wicketkeeper Mohammed Mithun looks on during their Bangabandhu BPL match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Anamul Haque Bijoy’s spellbinding 62 gave a massive score to Dhaka Platoon, which helped them outplay Sylhet Thunder by 24 runs in the leg-ending high-scoring thriller of the Bangabandhu-Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Sylhet Thunder, who are yet to triumph in any match, began their chase of a stiff 183-run target hoping for a first win in the tournament. But the start got bumpy as the team lost their globe-trotting West Indies batsman Andre Fletcher, who fell for 10. The hard-hitter struck a six and a four before being caught out.

Rony Talukdar tried to handle the initial loss with Johnson Charles and made

34 runs for the second wicket before Talukdar’s dismissal that triggered a mini-batting collapse from where the Thunder never came back into the match.

Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz dispatched Rony Talukdar for 14 and Johnson Charles was trapped in a run-out for 19. Then, Shafiqullah and Mohammad Mithun were dismissed in the space of 10 runs while Sylhet were faltering at 61-5.

Captain Mosaddek Hossain Saikat attempted to break out of the grip of Dhaka Platoon bowling attack with fellow batsmen but he failed to make any threatening partnership that could surpass Dhaka’s challenging total.

En route to his unbeaten 60-run knock, Saikat hit 36 runs in sixth-wicket with Nayeem Hasan, 34 runs with Delwar Hossain for the seventh-wicket stand and another 27 runs with Krishmar Santokie for the unbroken eighth-wicket stand that helped the team post 158 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.   

Masharafe Bin Mortaza and Hasan Mahmud claimed two wickets each for the winners, who had dropped their star all-rounder Shahid Afridi as he was shoddy with both bat and ball, bringing in his compatriot leg-spinner Shadab Khan. Shadab, however, remained wicket-less despite bowling four overs for 28 runs.

Earlier, asked to bat first, Dhaka began in a gingerly fashion and their openers – Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque Bijoy- had a brilliant start as they put on a handy 85 runs for the opening stand, laying foundation for a big total.

The duo was rotating their strikes well but at the 10th over Tamim went a bit ahead to hit Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, missing the length of Saikat’s off-spinner that took a turn after landing and wicket-keeper gloved it at ease.

Before being dismissed, Tamim, who slammed 74 in the last match against Cumilla Warriors after passing a poor form of runs for so long, cracked 31 off 28 with five boundaries.  

Bijoy then paired up with Laurie Evans and brought up his first half century from 33 balls in this BPL. This was also Bijoy’s ninth half-century in T20 career. The duo added another 25 runs for the second-wicket partnership. The wicketkeeper-batsman smacked 42-ball 62 littered with eight fours and a six.

Evans then made a couple of partnerships including 30 runs with Jakir Ali for the third-wicket stand before his dismissal. He cracked a run-a-ball 21 featured with two boundaries.

Coming at the crease, Thisara Perera started his flamboyant batting and partnering with Wahab Riaz, cobbled together an unbeaten 32 runs that set a new record for the highest total 182 in BPL so far. They broke their own record of highest total of 180, which they made in the last match against Cumilla Warriors. Perera clubbed two towering sixes and a four in his unbeaten blitz of 11-ball 22. Wahab Riaz smoked 7-ball 17 with two sixes to remain unbeaten.