Rajshahi Kings were denied a win in their season-opener despite an impressive bowling display as their batting collapsed near the finish line. However, their bowlers continued with brilliant effort again and this time Sabbir and Co did not lost track. Restricting Dhaka to 138, they chased down the runs in 18.1 overs.
Put in to bat first, Dhaka did not have a good start. They lost their veteran opening batsman Sangakkara for 2 who was beat by a good length ball from Mehedi Miraz and got bowled. Mehedi Maruf, star in Dhaka’s season-opening win, powered his short-lived innings with 4 fours and 1 six before he was trapped in front by Samit Patel for 25 off 22. Dhaka’s another veteran Lankan recruit Mahela Jayawardene picked Farhad Reza at long off with a lofted shot, one delivery ahead of Maruf’s dismissal. Dhaka lost their 3rd valuable wicket in 4 balls as Miraz dragged Shakib out of the crease with flight and got him stumped. Dhaka was reduced to 43/4 from 43/1.
It was then Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, accompanied by Ravi Bopara and Dwayne Bravo, who lifted the Dhaka score past a tenable mark. Bopara (20) was caught by Patel at point as he top edged a short ball from Abul Hasan. However, Mosaddek remained unbroken after bringing up his maiden T20 fifty which his decorated with 6 fours and 1 six. Bravo was not out on 13 from 10 balls with 1 four. For the Kings, Miraz and Patel took 2 wickets each and Abul got 1.
In the chase, Mominul Haque and Rony Talukdar handed a rapid start, albeit both of them departed in quick succession reducing their side to 27/2. 38 runs partnership off 39 balls from Sabbir Rahman and Umar Akmal repaired the losses. Umar was dismissed for 27 from 26 balls with 4 fours. Their english recruit Samit Patel then joined Sabbir and raced to the victory. The scores being leveled, Sabbir was caught behind for 31. Samit was not out on 44 off 25 balls smashing 6 fours and 1 six.
Dhaka Dynamites 138/5, 20 overs (Mosaddek 59*, Mehedi 25; Patel 2/22, Miraz 2/22); Rajshahi Kings 139/4, 18.1 overs (Samit 44*, Sabbir 31; Abu jayed 1/14)
Result: Rajshahi Kings won by 6 wickets
Man of the match: Samit Patel (Rajshahi Kings)