Dhaka Dynamites' Jahirul Islam and Kieron Pollard taking run during the Bangladesh Premier League match against Khulna Titans yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. -AA
Dhaka Dynamites rode on the shoulder of seasoned Jahirul Islam and aggressive Kieron Pollard's masterful batting as they defeated Khulna Titans by four wickets in the Bangladesh Premier League on at Mirpur on Tuesday.Jahirul came up with the vital knock big names in the Dhaka Dynamites outfit such as Shahid Afridi and Sunil Narine along with explosive opener Evin Lewis as well as Cameron Delport returned back to the dressing leaving the team in a disastrous 24-4.
Skipper Shakib stood in the middle to make a fight back but did not last long as he tried to hit a ball from Khulna captain Mahmudullah towards mid-on and fell in the eighth over that made it look like Titans was very much in control before a rearguard act by the duo changed the complex of the game totally.
Jahurul, who made unbeaten 45 runs, did not lose his composure and made sure that runs come in one and two's to keep the score board tickling and stayed till the end after a thunderous knock from Keiron Pollard brought Dhaka Dynamites back into the game.
Pollard began his onslaught in the 11th over when took Mahmudullah to the cleaners, hitting four cleanly struck sixes that infused hope among the Dynamites fans. Pollard reached 40 off just 15 deliveries as he hit Brathwaite for consecutive four's off the first two deliveries of the 13th over but he decided that he was not finished yet as he hit his fellow countryman for two huge sixes off the fourth and sixth delivery of the over to bring up his fifty in just 19 deliveries.
Shaifiul Islam, who had earlier got the wicket of Shahid Afridi then took the scalp of Pollard, who skied a delivery that eventually came down and was caught by wicket-keeper Dhiman Ghosh. Jahurul meanwhile batted calmly and picked up the singles and the twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.
He took charge when Pollard left and started picking up the odd boundary with some clever shots. With three overs remaining, he and Mossaddek brought the required remaining runs down to 27. In the 19th over, the duo picked up thirteen runs with both Mossaddek and Jahurul picking up boundaries off Abu Jayed.
The last over saw Dhaka requiring six from six deliveries but Mossaddek missed the first two deliveries of the over and the pressure back on. With four runs required from two deliveries, Jahurul invented a reverse scoop off Brathwaite full-length delivery and the ball went to the boundary through the third man which clinched the victory for the Dynamites.
Earlier, a sensational innings from West Indies player Carlos Brathwaite allowed Khulna Titans to post 156 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets against Shakib Al Hasan's Dhaka Dynamites.
It was Braithwaite's innings which allowed Titans to pile up 77 runs in the last six overs. The 29-ball 64 knock from Brathwaite composes four 4's and six 6's. In the 15th over he hit Afridi for two massive sixes to announce his intentions and in the next over Shakib conceded 17 runs as Brathwaite hit him for a four, a six and then another four in three successive deliveries.
Brathwaite reached his 50 off just 25 deliveries when he hit Sunil Narine 13 runs in the 19th over. In the final over of the innings, he got stuck into Abu Hider, hitting him for two massive sixes as Titans finished on a high after a slow start.
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