Defending champion Dhaka Dynamites’ batsmen broke the shackles recording a fabled win against Khulna Titans in the penultimate delivery of the innings, registered 4 wicket win at the Sher – e – Bangla National stadium in Dhaka a little while ago.
Carlos Brathwaite, after a superb batting effort, received the trust of the captain of the Titans to deliver the strangled last over of the match when Dynamites needed 6 runs in 6 balls.
He almost saved the match but Dyanamites’ wicket keeper went through an unbeaten 45 runs accompanied by Mosaddek Hossain’s fine cameo of 14 runs made all the effort of Titan’s bowlers in vain when the fifth ball of the 20th over went for a four and the defending champion received all the runs they needed to win the match.
A little while earlier, the majestic effort of West Indian hard hitter Kieron Pollard helped Dhaka Dynamites to save the match after losing 5 wickets in 41 runs.
Pollard hit 6 sixes and 3 fours on the way to his 24 ball 55 runs. Pacer Shafiul Islam brought Khulna Titans in the game but could not make the last laugh.
In the first half of the match, West Indies’ World Cup star Carlos Brathwaite stormed into the half century taking Khulna Titans along with him to stead passed 150 run mark in the aftermath of losing 4 wickets in 71.
Nothing could be more illuminating in shortest format of cricket than watching Brathwaite, the unforgettable World Cup hero of the Caribbean, squeezing big shots out of nowhere.
He stunted 10 of them in today’s match; 6 went for sixes and rest of the 4 were rested in the boundary line.
With a strike rate of more than 220, Brathwaite emerged with an unbeaten knock of 64 runs in 29 deliveries.
Quite some time earlier, Rilee Rossouw hit 34 off 30 with 3 fours. The only other significant knock in the Khulna Titans is the making of 24 runs (25 balls) by opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi all shone with the ball, taking a single wicket each meanwhile Abu Hider Rony grabbed two.
Khulna Titans 156/5 (20 overs)
Carlos Brathwaite 64, Rilee Rossouw 34, Nazmul Hossain Shanto 24
Abu Hider Rony 2/40, Sunil Narine 1/22, Shahid Afridi 1/23
Dhaka Dynamites 157/6 (19.5 overs)
Kieron Pollard 55, Jahurul Islam 45*, Shakib Al Hasan 20
Shafiul Islam 2/24, Akila Dananjaya 1/17, Abu Jayed 1/24
Result: Dhaka Dynamites won by 4 wickets.
Toss: Dhaka Dynamites