Narine, Shakib propel Dhaka to BPL play-offs


Trinidad-(Guardian) Sunil Narine is continuing to come of age as a T20 specialist opening batsman. The Arima kid was instrumental again today to help his Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Dhaka Dynamites blow away Rajshahi Kings by 99 runs to confirm a BPL play-off place.

The result also means that Rajshahi has to win their last game and wait for other results to go their way to remain in the tournament.

Dhaka, which also has West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard in its ranks, won the toss and rode on fifties from Joe Denly and Narine to pile up 205 for 5 in 20 overs.

The pair added 129 runs for the opening stand with Narine top-scoring with 69 off 34 balls, an innings which included four fours and six sixes. Denly was more sedate, making 53 off 54 balls.

Pollard also chipped in with a more than handy contribution of 33 from just 14 balls with one four and four sixes to his credit.

Kings newcomer Qazi Onik, who took a four-wicket haul on BPL debut in the previous game, was brought down to earth after being hammered for 52 from his four overs, taking two wickets.

Following that devastating batting effort, it was then Shakib Al Hasan’s turn to delight the Mirpur crowd with the ball. The local hero took the big wickets of Lendl Simmons, Mushfiqur Rahim, Luke Wright and Samit Patel to finish with figures of 4 for 8.

Mosaddek Hossain (2 for 9) and Shadman Islam (2 for 3) took two wickets each.

Out of the four Rajshahi batsmen who got to double-figures, Patel’s 28 was the top score.

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n Dhaka Dynamites 205 for 5 (Narine 69, Denly 53, Onik 2-52)
Rajshahi Kings 106 (Shakib 4-8, Shadman 2-3, Mosaddek 2-9)
n Dhaka won by by 99 runs

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