All-round Mahedi Hasan fires Dhaka to thrilling win against Cumilla

Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 17

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Dhaka Platoon vs Cumilla Warriors

Cumilla Warriors : 160/3 in 20 overs (Rajapaksa 96*, Yasir Ali 30*, Soumya 10; Mahedi Hasan 2/9, Shadab 1/32)

Dhaka Platoon : 161/5 in 19.5 overs (Mahedi 59, Tamim 34, Mominul 28*, Afridi 26*; Mujeeb 2/22, Al-Amin 1/29, Soumya 1/29)

Result : Dhaka Platoon won by 5 wickets.

Player of the Match : Mahedi Hasan.

Dhaka Platoon picked up their third win of Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 as all-rounder Mahedi Hasan’s brilliance guided them to a victory in a thriller against Cumilla Warriors. Chasing 161, Dhaka sealed the match with 5 wickets in hand thanks to Mahedi’s quickfire fifty. Dhaka now moved to the third spot on the points table with 6 points.

Losing the toss, Cumilla were put into bat first by Dhaka skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Player of the match Mahedi shone with the ball in the powerplay and picking up the wickets of Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman early. David Malan too did not have a good impact as was dismissed after scoring 9 runs.

But opener Bhanuka Rajapaksa hold the Warrior innings on the other end till the very end and scoring a valuable unbeaten knock of 96 off 65 balls. He got the supporting role from Yasir Ali who was not out on 30 as Cumilla posted 160 for 3. Mahedi grabbed 2 wickets for just 9 in his four overs.

In reply, Mahedi Hasan was again star of the show with the bat as he was promoted to the number 3 slot after the dismissal of Anamul Haque for a duck. Mahedi scored 59 runs from just 29 balls including a 28-run over against Robiul Islam. There was some late drama as Mujeeb brought some excitement in the match with an double wicket maiden over.

But two experienced batsmen Mominul Haque and Shahid Afridi ensured victory in the 20th over thanks to their unbeaten 39-run stand. Mominul was not out on 28 and Afridi was on 26. Mujeeb was the most successful bowler for the Warriors with 2 wickets for 22.