Shakib guides Dhaka back to winning ways
Dhaka Dynamites have notched their fifth victory of BPL 2019 as they hand Sylhet Sixers a six-wicket victory in match no.19 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The Dynamites tasted their first defeat in the previous match against Rajshahi Kings. The one-time winners are still topping the points table (10 points from 6 matches).
Sylhet put on a competitive total of 158/8 in 20 overs after electing to bat first. Skipper David Warner carried on his form into this match. The Aussie, batting at no.4 slot, top-scored with 43-ball 63 runs including 8 fours and a six.
Jaker Ali’s cameo 18-ball 25 helped Sixers get over 150 after the host side stumbled to 86/5. Ali and Warner added 63 runs to lift Sylhet.
Shakib bagged two wickets, including one of Warner. South African recruit Andrew Birch leaked 42 runs but did pick 3 wickets, one of them had Taskin Ahmed getting hit wicket out.
Dhaka rattled at the start of innings when they lost Mizanur Rahman, Sunil Narine and Rony Talukdar. Captain Shakib was the key in 75-run fourth-wicket partnership with Afghan batsman Darwish Rasooli. Rasooli made 19 runs in his first game.
Shakib had a quiet BPL with the bat in hand until he reached his fifty in 30 deliveries. He and Andre Russell chased down 159 runs with three overs to spare. Shakib remained unbeaten on 61* off 41 (8 fours and 2 sixes) while, Russell smashed 4 sixes and 2 fours in his 21-ball 40*.
Sylhet Sixers 158/8 in 20 overs (Warner 63, Jaker 25; Birch 3/42, Shakib 2/34)
Dhaka Dynamites 163/4 in 17 overs (Shakib 61*, Russell 40*; Irfan 2/38, Lamichhane 1/27)
Watch Shakib’s innings here-
Dhaka Dynamites won by 6 wickets
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan