Afridi, Lewis star as Dhaka Dynamites consolidate position at the top

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Dhaka Dynamites consolidated their position at the top of the table with a 68-run win over Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League clash at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday (November 18).

Set 202 after half-centuries from Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard, Kings could only post 133 in 18.2 overs. With the win, Dynamites have nine points from six game, two points clear of Khulna Titans, who are placed second.

Electing to field, Kings were made to rue their decision almost immediately as Dynamites raced past 50 in the first four overs. Shahid Afridi fell first when he was bowled by Mehidy Hasan but Lewis continued to torment the bowlers. Jahurul Islam too fell to Mehidy while Hossain Ali got the big wicket of Lewis. The opener hammered 64 off 38, and the wickets meant Kings were able to fight their way back into the game.

Quick wickets meant Dynamites were wobbling at 124 for 5. Kumar Sangakkara (28) and Pollard started the rebuilding job with a 62-run stand before mayhem struck. Pollard became the second batsman after Chris Gayle to hit 500 sixes in Twenty20s and propped up the side with a timely 52 off 25.

Kings were again rocked early as Rony Talukdar and Samit Patel registered their second failures as Mominul Haque saw damage being done from the other end. What Dynamites did really well was they were able to tie down Mominul and build pressure.

The duo of Mominul and Zakir Hasan had hurt Sylhet Sixers with a brisk stand in the previous game but weren’t able to breach the trap set by Dynamites. Mominul struggled for 22 deliveries before he was dismissed for 16 and while Hasan threatened with a 23-ball 36, he was dismissed by Afridi.

The all-rounder accounted for Mominul, Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to end with figures of 3-0-22-3 after his first spell. Darren Sammy spoiled Afridi’s figures a touch but the damage had already been done by then and Kings slipped to their fourth loss in six games.

Brief scores: Dhaka Dynamites 201/7 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 64, Kieran Pollard 52*; Hossain Ali 3-38) beat Rajshahi Kings 133 in 18.2 (Zakir Hasan 36; Shahid Afridi 4-26) by 68 runs.