The Kings become the first team to defeat Dhaka in the BPL 6
Rajshahi Kings handed Dhaka Dynamites their first defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League’s season six at Sylhet International stadium on Wednesday.
Kings, who came in the field with jerseys that bore their mothers’ name, produced a spirited performance as they restricted Dhaka to 116/9 after their batsmen scored 136/6 in 20 overs.
Kings' proudly wear the names of their mothers on their shirts for todays game. Love for all mothers around the world, they truly are the Heart of the Kings.— Rajshahi Kings (@RKingsOfficial) January 16, 2019
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The game changer
Kings’ spinner Arafat Sunny produced a superb spell of left-arm spin bowling to hold back Dhaka in the middle part of the innings. Sunny picked three important wickets – Andre Russell, Rony Talukder and Dhaka captain Shakib al Hasan – in his four overs and just conceded eight runs that diffused the high flying Dynamites.
How the action unfolded
Chasing a target of 137, both Dynamites openers got out for single digits and though the next six batsmen evaded the blemish as each of them scored double figures but none could go on to get a big score. As a matter of fact, Nurul Hasan, the wicketkeeper, who batted at number eight, was the only one scoring over 20 with a 21-run innings, and that clearly showed why Dynamites lost first time this season in their fifth game.
But the credit is also due for Rajshahi bowlers as they bowled with good lines and lengths to secure their third win of the season.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who opened the bowling in one end, took two wickets to aid man-of-the-match Arafat Sunny for accomplishing the feat.
Earlier, Rajshahi scored 136 losing six wickets riding on an impressive innings from Marshall Ayub. The 30-year old right-hander, who is playing in the BPL for the first time after the 2013 season, scored 45 off 31 balls on a tricky wicket that showed the value of his vast experience in local cricket.
Another experienced batsman Shahriar Nafees, who opened the batting, also made a good contribution making 25 off 27 and the 75-run second wicket stand between Shahriar and Ayub was the backbone of Rajshahi innings. The partnership came in 53 balls to illustrate the two thirty plus players not only formed the base but also did it rapidly, showing their style is suited even in the shortest format.
Sunil Narine was the pick of the Dhaka bowlers with a figure of 3/19.
What this result means
Despite the defeat, the Dynamites are still on top of the table with eight points while Kings have now six points, equalling Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings who have an extra match in hand. Kings will play their next match against Comilla in the Dhaka phase. Dhaka’s next match will be against Sylhet on Friday at the same venue.
Rajshahi Kings INNINGS R B
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Pollard b Russell 1 11
Shahriar Nafees c Rubel Hossain b Narine 25 27
Marshall Ayub c †Nurul Hasan b Narine 45 31
RN ten Doeschate lbw b Narine 16 16
Zakir Hasan † st †Nurul Hasan b Al Islam 20 18
C Jonker not out 9 9
S Prasanna st †Nurul Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan 2 4
I Udana not out 3 4
Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 5) 15
TOTAL (6 Wickets, 20 Overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 2.3 ov), 2-77 (Shahriar Nafees, 11.2 ov), 3-78 (Marshall Ayub, 11.4 ov), 4-116 (Zakir Hasan, 16.5 ov), 5-118 (RN ten Doeschate, 17.2 ov), 6-125 (S Prasanna, 18.3 ov)
AD Russell 3-1-17-1, Rubel Hossain 3-0-17-0, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-29-1, SP Narine 4-0-19-3, Asif Hasan 2-0-15-0, Al Islam 4-0-29-1
Dhaka Dynamites INNINGS R B
Hazratullah Zazai b Udana 6 6
SP Narine lbw b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1 3
AD Russell c ten Doeschate b Arafat Sunny 11 8
Rony Talukdar b Arafat Sunny 14 26
Shakib Al Hasan c Jonker b Arafat Sunny 13 18
KA Pollard c sub (Soumya Sarkar) b Kamrul Islam 13 19
Mohammad Naim c Shahriar Nafees b Mehidy 17 18
Nurul Hasan † c ten Doeschate b Mustafizur 21 14
Rubel Hossain run out (†Zakir /Mustafizur) 0 1
Asif Hasan not out 6 7
Al Islam not out 0 0
Extras (lb 2, w 12) 14
TOTAL (9 Wickets, 20 Overs) 116
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (SP Narine, 1.1 ov), 2-23 (Hazratullah Zazai, 2.4 ov), 3-23 (AD Russell, 3.1 ov), 4-49 (Shakib Al Hasan, 8.2 ov), 5-53 (Rony Talukdar, 10.3 ov), 6-84 (Mohammad Naim, 15.6 ov), 7-85 (KA Pollard, 16.3 ov), 8-87 (Rubel Hossain, 17.2 ov), 9-112 (Nurul Hasan, 19.3 ov)
I Udana 4-0-36-1, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-0-18-2, Arafat Sunny 4-1-8-3, Kamrul Islam Rabbi 4-0-24-1, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-19-1, S Prasanna 1-0-9-0
Kings won by 20 runs
MoM: Arafat Sunny (RK)