BPL 2015-16 December 10, 2015

Dhaka through after Sylhet collapse against Comilla

Comilla Victorians 150 for 4 (Shehzad 42, Kapali 32*) beat Sylhet Super Stars 79 (Shuvagata 3-8, Zaidi 2-4) by 71 runs
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File photo - Ahmed Shehzad made 42 off 31 balls, with five fours and a six © AFP

To have any chance to end in the last four of the BPL, Sylhet Super Stars needed to win the game against Comilla Victorians in 10.4 overs or less, to finish equal with Dhaka Dynamites on eight points and trump them on net run rate. Let alone trying to win the game quickly, Sylhet imploded badly to be bowled out for 79 runs in 13.5 overs.

Their 71-run loss meant Dhaka made it to the last four even before they played their last game, against Barisal Bulls.

Sylhet were comfortable at 33 for one in the fifth over when they collapsed, losing their next seven wickets for 24 runs in the space of 5.3 overs. Junaid Siddique had already been dismissed for 10 in the fourth over. The rot started with Abu Hider taking a good running catch to send back Josh Cobb for 21. Andre Russell then danced and took his sweet time to break the stumps at the bowler's end, as Mushfiqur Rahim and Ravi Bopara almost ended up next to each other, with the latter getting run out.

Shuvagata Hom had Mushfiqur caught at deep square-leg before Liton Das brilliantly stumped Sohail Tanvir in the same over. Shahid Afridi played all around an Ashar Zaidi delivery in the ninth over to leave Sylhet 48 for 6 which soon became 50 for 7 in the ninth over when Nurul Hasan was trapped leg-before by Zaidi. When they reached the cut-off point of 10.4 overs, Sylhet were all but gone at 58 for 8. Imrul Kayes and Shuvagata collided while the latter took Mohammad Shahid's catch at long-on, which made it nine down before Russell finished the game with a yorker to Rubel Hossain.

When Comilla batted first, Liton was caught behind off Mohammad Shahid in the second over before Kayes and Ahmed Shehzad added 68 runs for the second wicket. Shehzad was severe on anything on his legs, at times served by compatriot Sohail Tanvir who was struck for two fours early on. Kayes struck Rubel for a six over midwicket before Shehzad picked up his first six, off Abdur Razzak and back over his head. Kayes struck Afridi for two fours in the ninth over but Shehzad fell in the following over, for 42 off 31 balls. Kayes followed next over, giving Afridi a simple return catch after making 27.

Alok Kapali, surprisingly sent to bat ahead of Andre Russell, struck Rubel for a six over cover and Shahid for a four through midwicket but struggled to connect regularly in the slog overs. He struck a six in the last over, ending on an unbeaten 32 off 26 balls. Zaidi added 31 off 29 balls with two fours and a six over midwicket but Comilla missed a trick by not sending Mashrafe or Russell much ahead. It ultimately didn't matter as Sylhet collapsed in a heap.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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