Miraz, Patel help Rajshahi Kings seal easy win over Dhaka Dynamites

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Asked to bat first, Dhaka posted 138-5, thanks to a maiden half-century from youngster Mosaddek Hossain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

Taking three key wickets early had raised Dhaka’s hopes of defending the subpar total. But Darren Sammy’s men, who had suffered a narrow three-run defeat in their opener against Khulna Titans, then paced their chase brilliantly to coast to the win with 11 balls to spare.

Rajshahi’s chase was dented when they lost both their openers in the space of three balls after a fluent start.

Mominul Haque (9) ran himself out before Shakib Al Hasan had Rony Talukdar (14) stumped. Umar Akmal (27) was looking good but Abu Jayed deceived him with a slower and in came Patel.

Sabbir Rahman (31) then anchored at one end and the English allrounder blazed away with shots on either side of the wicket. The Englishman smashed six boundaries and sent one into the stands in a breezy 25-ball 44.

After adding 73 decisive runs for the fourth wicket with Patel, Sabbir perished with the scores level before pacer Mohammad Shahid fired in a wide ball for an anti-climatic end to the match.

Earlier, young spinner Miraz had caused early damage by taking out the threat of Kumar Sangakkara for just 2 in the last ball of the second over.

Mehedi Maruf, who struck a blazing 75 in their win over Barisal Bulls, looked in deft touch but Patel removed the opener, for 25, and Mahela Jayawardene (11) in the space of three balls to turn the tide.

Having taken Miraz off the attack after just one over, Sammy brought him back in the eighth over and the youngster struck with his first ball to be on a hat-trick. He drew Shakib forward with flight and had him stumped for a duck.

With the team tottering on 43 for four, Mosaddek staved off the hat-trick ball and put on 54 for the fifth wicket with Ravi Bopara (20) and an unbroken 41 with Dwayne Bravo (13 not out).

The 20-year-old Bangladesh batsman cracked six boundaries and a six for an unbeaten 59 off 46 balls to help Dhaka to the total.

Source: Bd news24

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