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Sylhet keep Dhaka waiting in race for Top 4

Update : 09 Dec 2015, 07:27 PM

Sylhet Super Stars kept alive their hopes of securing a top-four spot when they registered a nervy six-wicket victory over Dhaka Dynamites in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 yesterday.

Requiring 10 runs from the eventful final over at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, makeshift captain Shahid Afridi finished things off with two huge sixes off Farhad Reza. Sylhet’s impetus however, was provided earlier by English all-rounder Ravi Bopara and national discard Junaid Siddique, who both smashed half-centuries. Afridi later put the finishing touch to guide the Super Stars to their target of 158 with only the last ball of the 20th over remaining.

With Comilla Victorians, Rangpur Riders and Barisal Bulls already sealing a play-off berth, all the attention will now automatically shift to today’s final round of matches when the Super Stars face the Victorians and the Dynamites take on the Bulls.

“I do not know about the other games but we have a match against Barisal Bulls [today]. What I know is if we can beat Barisal then we will qualify for the [play-offs]. So, we are not thinking about the other team and whether they win or lose,” Dhaka’s icon cricketer Nasir Hossain informed after the game.

28-year-old Junaid, who dispatched the Dhaka bowlers during his stay and was involved in an 89-run partnership with Bopara, on the other hand is still hopeful of their chances.

“We had a terrible start to the tournament. Lost couple matches by one run, then by six runs. We were thinking we needed a team cardiologist (laughs) because we almost had heart attacks. Winning is important, let’s see what happens in the next match,” said the Rajshahi-born opening batsman.

Earlier, Dhaka, asked to bat first, posted a competitive 157/5 in 20 overs, riding yet again on the back of a fine knock by their skipper Kumar Sangakkara.

The Lankan legend made a quickfire 48, and alongside Nasir, added 69 crucial runs for the fourth wicket. 

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