Dhaka moved aside from the bottom of the standing and into the fourth and final playoff spot, while Rajshahi are third with four points from five matches
Following three straight losses in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Beximco Dhaka scripted a remarkable turnaround as they registered their second victory in a row Friday, this time by 25 runs against Minister Group Rajshahi, in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
In the process, Dhaka moved aside from the bottom of the standing and into the fourth and final playoff spot, while Rajshahi are third with four points from five matches.
In pursuit of 175/5, the second highest total of the tournament, Rajshahi managed 150 losing all of their wickets in 19.1 overs.
Left-handed batsman Fazle Mahmud scored a fighting half century with five fours and three sixes while right-hander Rony Talukdar made a brisk 26-ball 40.
But apart from these two, none of the other recognized batsmen were able to put up much of a fight.
Left-arm pacer Shafiqul Islam picked up three wickets for the capital city outfit.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s Dhaka earlier posted a competitive total in their allotted 20 overs.
Skipper Mushfiq played a handy innings at No 3 as he scored 37 off 29 balls with three fours and a six.
Dhaka faced slight trouble when they lost Mushfiq in the first ball of the 11th over with the scoreboard reading 64/4.
But from that position, in-form batting duo Yasir Ali and Akbar Ali formed a superb 100-run stand which turned the tide for Dhaka.
Both the batsmen played beautifully as their partnership came off just 54 deliveries, giving Dhaka the upper hand in the later stage of the innings.
The burly Yasir hammered 65 off only 39 balls with nine boundaries and one over boundary while U-19 World Cup winning captain Akbar remained unbeaten on 43 off 23 deliveries with three fours and a couple of sixes.
12TH MATCH, BDvMGR
MINISTER GROUP RAJSHAHI 150 in 19.1 overs (Muktar 4/37, Shafiqul 3/31) lost to BEXIMCO DHAKA 175/5 (Yasir 67, Akbar 45*) by 25 runs