Shakib overshadows Warner as Dynamites get back in winning-track

Sports Correspondent

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Shakib overshadows Warner
as Dynamites get back
in winning-track

Dhaka Dynamites skipper Shakib Al Hasan plays a shot against Sylhet Sixers during their Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday. - reaz ahmed sumon

Dhaka Dynamites skipper Shakib Al Hasan smashed a sublime 41-ball-61 runs not out before snaring 2 wickets for 34 as Dhaka Dynamites got back in winning-track with a bang whacking Sylhet Sixers past by six-wicket at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Friday.

The captain’s imperious all-round performance was the key role in the side’s fifth win out of six matches played that widened their lead on points table.

Dynamites’ all-rounder Andre Russell played a perfect foil to him, shellacking 40 runs off 21 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes, two of which landed at the third tier of the stadium, forcing to order a new ball come in the match. However, his last six with a pull over deep midwicket sealed the deal, with Dhaka posting 163 runs for 4 wickets in 17 overs after Sylhet piled up 158 runs for 8 wickets, thanks to Sixers skipper David Warner’s 43-ball-63 runs.

The target was slightly tricky but Dhaka’s firepower was such that they made a mockery with it giving an indication that the 20-run loss in a low-scoring affair against Rajshahi Kings in the last match was just a one-off incident.

Dynamites bowler Sunil Narine got off the chase with a flier, playing a 10-ball-20 runs cameo even though Dhaka cheaply lost Mizanur Rahman who replaced Hazratullah Zazai in opening position.

Sixers pace bowler Taskin Ahmed and leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichane pegged back Dhaka’s innings, claiming the wicket of Narine and Rony Talukdar (13), leaving them in a precarious 37 for three.

As Sylhet sensed a victory in front of a cheering crowd, Shakib gave a statement ‘write off Dhaka at your own peril’—batting with a sheer aggression for the first time in the ongoing tournament.

His timing was spot on. He dispatched good deliveries with utter disdain to keep the runs flowing.  Pairing with Afghanistan recruit Darwish Rasooli, the duo added 75 runs off 48 balls to help Dhaka claw back into the match and later his 27-ball-51 runs partnership in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Russell, brought up the victory with incredibly ease.

Russell dominated in the partnership with marauding batting but Shakib was a full package—playing with holder and aggressor at the same time to ensure Dhaka would face no hiccup in any point of the game. Shakib struck 8 fours and 2 sixes in his first half-century of the tournament.

David Warner seemed to leave a rich legacy before his departure from the BPL. For the second consecutive time he brought up half-century in the Sylhet phase of the tournament to give the side an impetus.

More than his batting, his passion for victory and Sylhet was a sight to behold. Even with his elbow problem, he never hesitated to dive at full length when it was a matter to save just a single or a four. His energetic fielding saved some runs but Dhaka’s batting firepower was too much to handle.

However, with passion and panache, Warner ran between the wickets and eventually hit 8 fours and a six in his 63 runs off 43 balls knock, which is his second straight and third half-century in the tournament in six matches.

Liton Das gave the side a flying start with 27 runs off 14 balls, smashing 4 fours and a six but SIxers’ middle order couldn’t capitalize on it, leaving the onus on Warner.

Sylhet’s batsman Jaker Ali came up with support for captain Warner and the duo shared 62 runs to pave a platform of propelling the side past 150 runs. Jaker Ali made 25 runs off 18 balls.

Dhaka’s South African pacer Andrew Birch, playing his first match, scalped 3 wickets for 42 runs.