Defending champion Dhaka Dynamites batted well to chase down a challenging 188-run target as they defeated Chittagong Vikings by seven wickets in their BPL 2017 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium Monday.
Dhaka reached their target with seven balls to spare and they lost only three wickers along the way. The Dynamites now have 11 points from nine games, including five wins. They got the other point when one of their matches was abandoned due to bad weather and points were shared between the two teams.
The capital city outfit made a shaky start as they lost the wicket of opener Shahid Afridi (nought) in the very first over. Afridi tried to clear the mid off fielder but was caught brilliantly by captain Luke Ronchi off the bowling of fast bowler Taskin Ahmed.
But the in-form opener Evin Lewis and England’s Joe Denly formed a 118-run partnership for the second wicket which laid the foundation for Dhaka to reach their destination easily. Lewis played a blistering innings, scoring 75 off just 31 balls with three boundaries and nine sixes. Denly gave good support at the other end, making a 39-ball 44, featuring four fours and a sixer.
Lewis was adjudged man of the match for his superb hitting.
Earlier, Ronchi opted to bat first. Chittagong opener Soumya Sarkar (one) got out very early but Ronchi and No 3 batsman Anamul Haque stitched together a magnificent stand against the strong bowling attack of Dhaka.
Ronchi and Anamul added 107 runs for the second wicket in double quick time to propel Chittagong. Ronchi scored 59 off 40 balls while Anamul blasted 73 off 47 balls before getting dismissed.
Quick runs in the late period of the innings from Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza (26 off 11 balls) ensured Chittagong posted a formidable total of 187 losing five wickets.
Dhaka skipper Shakib al Hasan was uncharacteristically costly with the ball as he conceded 51 runs from his quota of four overs. In the process, Shakib registered the sixth most expensive bowling figure in BPL history.
All the Dhaka bowlers got hammered except the West Indies’ Sunil Narine, who bowled superbly in his four overs, giving away only 11 runs and picking up one wicket at the other end.
Chittagong stayed at the bottom of the points table with only five points from nine games.
191/3 in 18.5 overs (Lewis 75, Denly 44) beat Chittagong Vikings
187/5 (Anamul 73, Ronchi 59) by seven wickets
WHAT THEY SAID
Cameron Delport, Dhaka Dynamites batsman
We knew that 180 could probably be a good score but also knew that the wicket was good. We needed a good start from our openers. [Shahid] Afridi unfortunately did not score. But Evin [Lewis] and Joe [Denly] built a good partnership, 100-plus runs out there. So, that set a good foundation during our chase. So it became easier for me and Shakib [al Hasan] to chase at the end as we were just playing our natural game. The pitch was very good for the batsmen. It was not spinning that much so balls came to the bat nicely. When you see the openers bat freely in the first six overs and score at more than 10 runs per over then you can say it’s a good pitch for batting.
Luke Ronchi, Chittagong Vikings captain
We just haven't all clicked in one game. It's the biggest thing. At the start of the tournament we weren't making enough runs, we were always 15-20 runs short. At the moment we are getting some good totals but we haven't been able to defend it. We've had a couple of overs through the middle of the innings when we are bowling where it's been taken away from us. Lewis played really well and hit a few big overs in the middle. That made a big difference. But in general - batting, bowling and fielding as well - it's not all coming together. I think the game when we made 200 and won, but outside of that we just haven't really gelled as one on the field.