Dhaka Dynamites v Comilla Victorians
The two Lankan legends
In the international circuit, we have seen countless times the two Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene batting together and scoring thousands of runs during the course of their career. These two have now retired from the international arena. Since their retirement, the cricket world has missed the batting duo a great deal. But on Saturday, the fans got to see them batting together as they yet again showed some of their class. Sangakkara opened the innings alongside Mehedi Maruf while Jayawardene came to the crease at the No 3 position. The Lankan duo built up a 45-run partnership for the third wicket. The partnership might not have been that big but their class was clearly evident. Elegant shots, quick running between the wickets and playing according to the merit of the ball – all these aspects of the game were exhibited nicely by the two batting greats. Perhaps it was a small reminder of their legendary partnerships throughout their long and illustrated career. Comilla’s Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan cleaned up both the legends. No doubt, the Afghan leggie will savour these scalps for a long time to come.
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Dhaka's Mohammad Shahid celebrates dismissing Comilla's Nazmul Hossain Shanto (not in picture) DHAKA TRIBUNE
Shahid’s injury scare
Dhaka paceman Mohammad Shahid is in good form in the ongoing fourth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20. He is the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament so far with 15 wickets. He bowled superbly in his first spell against Comilla, conceding just six runs and picking up the wicket of the in-form Comilla opening batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto. However, the Dhaka pacer was injured while stopping a boundary during the latter stages of Comilla's innings. Shahid was fielding at deep extra cover when he chased the ball in order to save a boundary. The right-arm pacer was able to save the boundary but felt awkwardly near the boundary line during the follow through. He was substituted immediately and did not come back to the field later. The injury scare will be a big concern for the tournament favourites Dhaka, and more importantly, for the national team. Shahid is the main strike bowler of the Test side. Recently, he has recovered from injury and is in good rhythm. The Tigers will go to New Zealand next month to play a two-match Test series. Bangladesh will be hoping that Shahid’s injury is nothing serious and he will be fit soon.
Khulna Titans v Rajshahi Kings
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Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy goes big during their match against Khulna Titans DHAKA TRIBUNE
Sammy’s hurricane knock
After a quiet start to BPL 4, the former West Indies and Rajshahi skipper Darren Sammy has come out of the shell with the bat. Following a blistering match-winning 18-ball 44-run knock against Rangpur Riders in the previous game, the 31-year old once again led from the front against Khulna in a crucial encounter. The hard-hitting batsman struck another hurricane 34-ball 71-run unbeaten innings, featuring five huge sixes and four boundaries, helping Rajshahi to post a challenging total of 154/8. Sammy rescued his side who struggled upfront and at one stage were 88/6 in 15 overs. But Sammy made sure of staying till the end as Rajshahi added 66 runs in the last five overs.
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Rajshahi's Mehedi Hasan Miraz bounced back in some style to dismiss Khulna's Nicholas Pooran DHAKA TRIBUNE
Miraz’s comeback after being hit for two sixes in a row
Young off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz faced a tough time against Khulna’s West Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran. The left-hander struck two huge sixes off Miraz in consecutive deliveries in the 14th over, coming in to chase the target of 155 runs. Pooran first smashed a brilliant slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket region and followed it up by another straight six, keeping the spectators on their feet. But the newest sensation of the Bangladesh team came back strong in the very next delivery as Pooran tried to repeat his shot once again only to be caught at deep mid-wicket by skipper Sammy to conclude a brilliant fight between the two cricketers.