News

Comilla beaten comprehensively; Dhaka climb to the top

-- Nov 14, 2016

Defending champions Comilla Victorians will go into the Chittagong leg of the BPL - beginning on November 17 - as the only team without a win, after they lost their fourth consecutive game. This time, the Dhaka Dynamites defeated them by 33 runs.

This was Dhaka's third win in four games, and most of their success has come on the back of strong starts by their openers - a combination of the legendary Kumar Sangakkara and the young Mehedi Maruf. This was true once again, as Maruf's 60 set up Dhaka's formidable 194 for 5 before their spinners dominated the Comilla batsmen

It was his second fifty in the BPL, and came off 31 balls, starting with a scythe over point off Mashrafe Mortaza in the third over. Sangakkara struck two fours and a six in his 12-ball 20, before falling in the fourth over.

But Maruf's aggression was unabated. He found boundaries quite regularly and then lofted Nabil Samad for two massive sixes over midwicket, with one of them landing in the grandstand. He added 84 runs for the second wicket with Nasir, who chipped in with 43 off 35 balls with five fours.

Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan - who finished with 3 for 28 in his four overs - removed Ravi Bopara and Maruf in the 16th over, but that didn't stop Dhaka captain Shakib Al Hasan from blazing 36 runs in 16 deliveries with Dwayne Bravo for the fifth wicket. Shakib struck two sixes in his 13-ball 24.

Comilla's chase began with intent - Imrul Kayes hit three fours in his 11-ball 19. But they ended up losing three wickets in consecutive overs, after Kayes was removed in the fourth. In the very next over, his new opening partner Jashimuddin was caught at deep square leg for ten, and Ahmed Shehzad - playing his first game - struck two consecutive sixes before getting stumped off the last ball of the sixth.

They played two more overs before repeating the pattern. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ryan ten Doeschate, Rashid Khan and Al-Amin were all dismissed in the space of three overs, to leave Comilla reeling at 74 for 7 at the end of the 11th over. Medium-pacer Mohammad Shahid accounted for the last two wickets in that collapse, in his first over.

Mashrafe provided entertainment towards the end, including slamming Shakib for four sixes in the penultimate over. But it was never going to be enough for Comilla.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

Source: ESPN Sports Media Ltd.