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BPL 4 team review: Dhaka justify favourites tag

  • Published at 10:44 pm December 10th, 2016
  • Last updated at 01:01 am December 11th, 2016
BPL 4 team review: Dhaka justify favourites tag
Dhaka Dynamites produced clinical performances throughout the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2016-17 season and emerged as the champions by defeating Rajshahi Kings in the final in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium last Friday. Pressure was right there from the beginning of the tournament for Dhaka as they were considered the main contenders for the title. The capital city outfit eventually held their nerves and played consistent cricket to clinch the title in some style. One of the main challenges for Dhaka was to maintain their consistent performance as there were many stars in the team. But credit goes to captain Shakib al Hasan and coach Khaled Mahmud as they managed the team quite professionally to achieve success. Only four overseas players were allowed to play and the Dhaka squad had big names like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Bopara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Andre Russell (who joined later in the tournament) and Evin Lewis, among others. Sometimes too many in-form players or star cricketers can cause selection dilemma and distract the team from the goal of becoming champions. It was a challenge for the team management to find the right combination and rotate the players to taste success. But Dhaka managed it professionally and achieved their desired result. For example, it was a tough call to drop Sri Lankan legendary batsman Jayawardene for a string of matches. Jayawardene could play only two matches due to team combination. Jayawardene instead helped the team with his experience and knowledge and in the end Dhaka benefited a lot. [caption id="attachment_39438" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Dhaka ended the tournament in grand fashion, thumping an in-form Rajshahi side in the grand finale DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Dhaka played 14 matches in BPL 4 and lost only four. Batsmen and bowlers performed pretty consistently in the entire tournament to clinch the title. Shakib was impressive with his captaincy and youngsters like Mosaddek Hossain and Abu Jayed Rahi played well. In-form paceman Mohammad Shahid was unfortunate to be ruled out during the middle stages of the tournament due to injury. But Jayed bowled admirably, making up hor Shahid's absence. Things got heated up in the middle in the first qualifier against Khulna Titans as Shakib and Jayed got involved in a bust-up with on-field umpire Khalid Mahmood. Later, Shakib was fined 20 percent of his match fee. That was probably the lowest point for Dhaka in the tournament. But ultimately, they were dominant with both bat and ball in the majority of the matches and ended the tournament in grand fashion. [caption id="attachment_39437" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Dhaka's Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara shone with the willow and behind the stumps DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Local players Opening batsman Mehedi Maruf played impressively throughout the tournament scoring 347 runs in 14 innings with a highest score of 75 not out. Middle-order batter Mosaddek was also in form, making 304 runs in 13 innings. Shakib scored 226 runs in 13 innings and took 13 wickets. Probably a bit more was expected from Shakib as he is one of the best all-rounders in the world but in the end the title win will satisfy the fans. Shahid was in superb form bagging 15 wickets in eight innings before being injured. All-rounder Nasir Hossain was disappointing with the bat as he scored only 195 runs in 10 innings. Foreign players [caption id="attachment_39436" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Dhaka's Dwayne Bravo ended the tournament as the leading wicket-taker DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Lankan great Sangakkara was solid as usual with the willow and also performed well behind the stumps. Windies all-rounder Bravo was magnificent with his death-over bowling and finished as the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 21 wickets. Another all-rounder Russel also played his part and struck a vital 46-run knock against Khulna in the first qualifier. West Indian Lewis played only three matches but played two good innings and ended with 131 runs. Squad Local players Alauddin Babu (all-rounder), Irfan Sukkur (wicket-keeper), Mehedi Maruf (batsman), Mohammad Shahid (bowler), Mosaddek Hossain (all-rounder), Nasir Hossain (all-rounder), Shakib al Hasan (all-rounder), Sohrawardi Shuvo (bowler), Sanjamul Islam (all-rounder), Tanvir Haider (all-rounder) and Abu Jayed (bowler). Foreign players Ravi Bopara (England/all-rounder), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies/all-rounder), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka/batsman), Evin Lewis (West Indies/batsman), Wayne Parnell (South Africa/all-rounder), Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka/bowler), Andre Russell (West Indies/all-rounder), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka/batsman) and Usama Mir (Pakistan/bowler). Last 14 Match: WLWWWLLWWWWLWW BPL 4 Statistics
Most runs
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
KC Sangakkara 13 13 0 370 66 28.46 320 115.62 0 2 0 43 5
Mehedi Maruf 14 14 1 347 75* 26.69 256 135.54 0 2 0 32 20
Mosaddek Hossain 14 13 4 304 59* 33.77 245 124.08 0 1 0 29 9
Shakib Al Hasan 14 13 2 226 41* 20.54 179 126.25 0 0 1 23 4
Nasir Hossain 14 10 0 195 43 19.50 169 115.38 0 0 0 21 2
S Prasanna 9 9 4 150 53 30.00 80 187.50 0 1 0 6 14
E Lewis 3 3 0 131 75 43.66 73 179.45 0 1 0 12 9
DJ Bravo 13 9 4 104 23* 20.80 87 119.54 0 0 0 5 4
AD Russell 5 4 1 93 46 31.00 61 152.45 0 0 0 5 6
DPMD Jayawardene 2 2 0 42 31 21.00 41 102.43 0 0 0 6 0
Alauddin Babu 10 5 2 40 33* 13.33 39 102.56 0 0 1 1 2
RS Bopara 6 5 1 35 20 8.75 45 77.77 0 0 1 2 0
 
Most wickets
Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5
DJ Bravo 13 13 44.2 0 335 21 3/10 15.95 7.55 12.6 0 0
Mohammad Shahid 8 8 27.1 0 187 15 3/21 12.46 6.88 10.8 0 0
Shakib Al Hasan 14 14 50.0 0 342 13 2/11 26.30 6.84 23.0 0 0
Abu Jayed 8 8 24.1 1 127 9 3/20 14.11 5.25 16.1 0 0
Sunzamul Islam 12 9 20.0 0 117 6 2/17 19.50 5.85 20.0 0 0
AD Russell 5 5 17.4 0 103 5 3/16 20.60 5.83 21.2 0 0
RS Bopara 6 6 17.0 0 113 5 2/17 22.60 6.64 20.4 0 0
S Prasanna 9 9 25.0 0 175 5 2/15 35.00 7.00 30.0 0 0
Nasir Hossain 14 9 13.4 0 108 4 1/2 27.00 7.90 20.5 0 0
Mosaddek Hossain 14 5 4.2 0 41 2 1/3 20.50 9.46 13.0 0 0

Statistics source: ESPNcricinfo

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