Dhaka Dynamites couldn't quite make use of Mosaddek Hossain's late-order hitting against Rajshahi Kings, but his unbeaten 28-ball 48 came in handy on Saturday as Dhaka Dynamites beat Rangpur Riders by 78 runs in Mirpur.
Rangpur, unbeaten in their first two matches, conceded 64 runs in the last five overs. Then, their big-hitters failed to turn up in a chase of 171. They stumbled to 92 for 9, with last man Richard Gleeson absent hurt. Both sides now have two wins in three matches.
Mosaddek walked out to bat amidst a collapse - Dhaka slipped from 79 for 1 when Nasir fell for 38, to 80 for 4 when Kumar Sangakkara was out for 29. But he quickly found his grove by cutting Shahid Afridi, going inside-out over cover off Arafat Sunny and then hitting Rubel Hossain for six over point.
He added 40 for the fifth-wicket with Shakib and then added 33 with Dwayne Bravo. Such was the confidence as the innings progressed that he even successfully reverse-swept Afridi. Seekkuge Prasanna struck Muktar Ali for two sixes in the last over that went for 16 runs to give Dhaka a flourish at the end.
Rangpur's reply began ominously when Mohammad Shahzad, reprieved at slip off the first ball, whipped Dwayne Bravo for six over midwicket. But Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun's dwickets set them back. Nasir then took a tumbling catch running back from mid-off to get rid of Shahzad for 11.
Umpire Khalid Mahmud then adjudged Liam Dawson leg-before though replays confirmed that he had inside edged the ball on to his front pad. When Afridi holed out at cover in the 14th over, off Shakib, Rangpur's chase was all but over at 65 for 5. It continued to go downhill as Naeem Islam fell for a labored 26. Such was the collapse that the game was reduced to a mere formality halfway through the chase.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
Source: ESPN Sports Media Ltd.