Dynamites clinch a thriller, go atop points table
By Krunal, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
13th Match: Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Nov 14 - 2017, Cricket highlights
In what turned out to be a nail-biting contest, Dhaka Dynamites pulled off a fabulous win as they chased down 157 – after being 48/5 at the half-way stage – in the last over to register a 4-wicket win over Khulna Titans. As a result of this win, the Dynamites also climb to the top of the points table.
After putting the opposition in, the Dhaka Dynamites’ bowlers provided their team with a fine start as they kept picking wickets at regular intervals and by bowling tight spells, restricted the flow of runs as well. As a result of this, Khulna Titans were able to score only 47 runs at the end of 10 overs. The spin-trio of Narine, Afridi and Mosaddek Hossain were brilliant once again and in the 7 overs between them (in the first 10 overs), conceded just 25 runs.
The Titans’ innings received a bit of momentum when Mahmudullah and Rilee Rossouw added 25 runs in the next two overs, but their partnership couldn’t last long as Afridi got rid of Mahmudullah in his comeback over. The dismissal brought Carlos Brathwaite to the crease. Now, in the last match against Chittagong Vikings, it was Brathwaite and Ariful Haque, who were responsible for their team’s recovery from a dreadful position. The situation was not different this time around and once again, the onus was on the Barbadian to take his team to a competitive total.
Brathwaite took his time initially, scoring a mere 6 of the first 9 balls that he faced. But that was enough for Brathwaite to warm himself up. In the next 20 balls, he scored 58 runs and along with Rossouw – who played a useful hand of 34 – helped his team to finish with 156 runs on the board. Brathwaite’s knock comprised of four boundaries and six towering sixes, as he single-handedly demolished the Dynamites’ bowlers and gave his team a realistic chance of winning the match.
Dhaka Dynamites had a poor start to their run-chase as they lost 4 wickets for a mere 24 runs on the board. They could only score 25 runs in the powerplay – the lowest score of this year’s BPL – and found themselves in all sorts of trouble. A couple of overs later, they also lost their prolific batsman, in Shakib Al Hasan, and had half their team back in the pavilion for just 41 runs on the board.
At the half-way stage, Dhaka’s chances of winning the match were next to none. But they still had one of the best T20 players out there and he wasn’t ready to go down without a fight. It was Kieron Pollard, who turned the match in DD’s favour in a span of a couple of overs. Firstly, it was Mahmudullah, who had to bear the assault as Pollard smashed him for four massive sixes – one of which went absolutely flat straight over the bowler’s head. 25 runs came off that over, which was followed by another 20-run over. This time it was Pollard’s teammate and T20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite, in the firing line.
Pollard showed that if one West Indian can score a 25-ball fifty, another West Indian can better it by scoring a 19-ball fifty. As a result of his assault, the equation was down to 58 from 42 balls.
For The Titans’ to turn the match in their favour, they needed to get Pollard out as soon as possible. That job was done by Shafiul Islam, who got the batsman caught behind for 55. But his over also went for 13 runs, which kept the Dynamites still in the contest.
At one stage what looked like a one-sided contest was now turning into a thriller. The next three overs were good from Titans’ perspective as only 23 runs came off them. Now, the Dynamites needed 19 to get off the last two. The penultimate over decided the fate of the match as Jahurul Islam and Mossaddek Hossain managed to score 13 runs off Abu Jayed’s over and almost sealed the match for their team. However, they still had job on their hands as they needed to score 6 more runs for victory.
Carlos Brathwaite was entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the last over and the all-rounder started off brilliantly by bowling two dot deliveries. He followed it up by giving away only two more runs of his next two balls. The pressure was building up as the Dynamites still needed 4 to get off the last two balls. Jahurul Islam (45*), who had played an absolutely fantastic innings so far, was on strike. After failing to connect the first three deliveries, he finally managed to get one away – in a rather unconventional fashion – to secure the win for his team.
After seeing so many one-sided contests in BPL 2017, this humdinger of a contest was like a breath of fresh air.