About the Match
Dhaka Dynamites defeated the Bulls in their opening game by 8 wickets and will now take on Raj Kings in the 7th match of the tournament at Dhaka on 11th November. Placed second on the table, the Dynamites will look to exploit the home conditions in order to climb to the first spot with another win; on the other hand, the Kings who lost the game against Titans by a whisker will fight hard to make amends and register two points here.
Chasing 149 runs, opener Mehedi Maruf scored a brilliant 75 off 45 to steer the team across the finish line with ease; he remained unbeaten and got good support from other top-order batsmen like Sangakkara, who scored 30 runs, Shakib Al Hasan who contributed with 20 and Mosaddek Hossain. Earlier fast-bowler Mohammad Shahid claimed 3-21 while all-rounders Ravi Bopara, Shakib Al Hasan and Dwayne Bravo contained the opposition by taking one wicket each.
Their bowling attack has a lot of depth and variety with speedsters like Nasir Hossain, Andre Russell, and Mohammad Shahid while spinners Shakib, Sunzamul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain can try to outwit the Kings with their tactics. The batting line-up has experienced players like Sangakkara, Maruf, Shakib Al Hasan and other all-rounders who can get the big runs or chase confidently.
Overall, the victory has definitely lifted their spirits and with a good combination of in-form batsmen and wicket-taking bowlers, the Dynamites could prove to be a tough nut to crack here.
The chase against Titans for 134 runs started positively with Mominul Haque scoring a superb 64 from 57 deliveries; although others like Umar Akmal, Sabbir Rahman, and Nurul Hasan were dismissed by speedster Junaid Khan in a humiliating way, captain Darren Sammy fought hard to keep the scoreboard ticking. However, his heroic 31 from 23 wasn’t enough to get them through and they lost the match by a heart wrenching 3 runs.
Earlier, fast-bowler Abul Hasan demolished the opposition’s middle-order by taking 5-28, dealing a heavy blow to the Titans while spinner Samit Patel and Mehedi Hasan took a wicket each to stifle the run-flow. The bowling team did well to restrict the Titans to 133 runs but the batting line-up put up a dismal performance barring a few.
Although it’s early days, the Kings have a lot to prove being the brand new franchise this year and under the leadership of Sammy; they have quite many match-winners like Sabbir Rahman, Junaid Khan, Mehedi Hasan and top-order batsmen like Mominul Haque and Umar Akmal. If they can focus on building a strong foundation in the beginning of the innings, then surely the Kings can challenge the Dynamites on Friday.
The Dynamites have performed well under pressure to win the first match and they look to be a strong contingent, which will leave no stone unturned to continue in its winning form. The Kings too have a well-balanced squad with expert batsmen and result-oriented bowlers but we feel that Dynamites with the support of their home crowd are better placed to emerge victorious