19th match, Dhaka, Nov 18 2017, Bangladesh Premier League
(18.2/20 ov, target 202)
Dynamites won by 68 runs
Player Of The Match
Dhaka Platoon
• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Pollard and Afridi combine to flatten Rajshahi

It was Evin Lewis, though, who laid a platform for Dhaka Dynamites' big win, with 64 off 38 at the top of the order

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Dhaka Dynamites201/7(20 overs)
Rajshahi Kings133(18.2 overs)
Zakir Hasan36 (23)
Daren Sammy19 (15)
Abu Hider3/11(2.2)

4.20pm Fourth win in a row for Dhaka Dynamites. No heroics of the kind we saw 24 hours ago, from Rangpur Riders. This has been a timid batting performance, largely a result of injudicious shot selection and poor application. They have now lost four games and have an uphill climb, even though there's still plenty of cricket still remaining in the tournament. Thanks for joining me. Akshay will be in shortly to fire up commentary for the second game of the evening, and it's a big one with Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum in action for Rangpur Riders. You don't want to be missing it. Cheers!

Shakib Al Hasan: Obviously, good feeling. We wanted to keep our winning team, doing the same things again and again. The start we got put us on the box seat. We kept that momentum right throughout. Nine out of 10 games, if you get 200 odd, you can defend it with the bowling attack we've got. There are plenty of areas to improve still. In T20s, anyone can win on a given day, one or two guys can take the game away. We don't want to relax.

Evin Lewis is the Player of the Match for his 64 off 38 balls. "It was a pretty decent knock," he deadpans. "Shahid Afridi is very positive, he took a lot of pressure off me. You just have to keep believing in yourself, know your strengths, weaknesses and keep working hard."

Daren Sammy: We didn't execute our plans, especially in the first six. Catches win matches, throughout, we've averaged about three dropped catches per match. Good teams will make you pay. We need to get the confidence to get under the ball. It seems as if we don't want the ball to come to us. Maybe we've to change some of our players in the XI. A few of them were injured as well. We are capable of coming back, we need to win four out of the next six, we believe we can do it. It needs consistency.

Tanny: "Afridi is an asset to any team. Why doesn't he consider a relocation to the UK like Azhar Mahmood? Wont miss stokes in that case " So that he can qualify when he's 23? :)

All their heavyweights chipped in for Dhaka. Pollard, Sangakkara, Narine, Afridi. What else can you ask for?

Shahid Afridi: I wanted to keep things simple. Credit to the batsmen for putting up a decent total, the bowlers just enjoyed this surface. Momentum is key, we shouldn't make too many changes, just stick with this XI.

Abu Hider to Hossain Ali, OUT
through the gate, off stump knocked back. Game, set and match. Dhaka extend their run at the top of the league standings. This one's floated full and across, tentative prod from the tail-ender, misses it completely. The small gap is enough for the ball to sneak through as it wobbles away just a bit.
Hossain Ali b Abu Hider 1 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
Abu Hider to Hossain Ali, no run
beaten by a full delivery angling across the left-hander, too late on the stroke
end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 133/9CRR: 7.38 • RRR: 34.50 • Need 69 from 12b
Hossain Ali1 (4)
Habibur Rahman1 (2)
Saddam Hossain3-0-19-1
Shahid Afridi4-0-26-4
Mohammad Saddam to Hossain Ali, 1 run
steers this wide of point for a quick single
Mohammad Saddam to Hossain Ali, no run
pulls and misses, had to fetch this from way outside off. Got big on him
Mohammad Saddam to Hossain Ali, no run
drifts back in to beat the cut. Thin inside edge onto the pad. Yet another superb back-of-the-hand slower delivery
Mohammad Saddam to Hossain Ali, no run
cuts and misses. Short ball that was sitting up nicely for him to play the stroke, beaten completely
Mohammad Saddam to Farhad Reza, OUT
beaten by the slower ball, knocks back the middle stump. This was the slower leg-cutter honing in from wide of the crease, Reza through with a wild slog, nowhere near the delivery.
Farhad Reza b Mohammad Saddam 6 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00
Mohammad Saddam to Farhad Reza, FOUR runs
banged away. Friendly half-volley at 120 clicks, he backs away and blasts that into the deep extra cover boundary
end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 128/8CRR: 7.52 • RRR: 24.66 • Need 74 from 18b
Farhad Reza2 (2)
Habibur Rahman1 (2)
Shahid Afridi4-0-26-4
Shakib Al Hasan4-0-22-2
Shahid Afridi to Farhad Reza, 1 run
dabs this gently into the off side as they scamper a single
Shahid Afridi to Habibur Rahman, 1 run
pulled but down to the boundary rider at deep midwicket
Shahid Afridi to Habibur Rahman, no run
gets a good stride forward and blocks
Shahid Afridi to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, OUT
was though with an expansive slog sweep even before the ball arrived, missed it completely and saw the middle stump knocked back. Afridi is taking wickets for fun here.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Shahid Afridi 10 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90
Shahid Afridi to Farhad Reza, 1 run
goes over the infield, sweeper cover comes around towards deep point to cut that off
Shahid Afridi to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run
makes room and eases this through cover as they jog the single
end of over 164 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 124/7CRR: 7.75 • RRR: 19.50 • Need 78 from 24b
Mehidy Hasan9 (9)
Shakib Al Hasan4-0-22-2
Sunil Narine4-0-32-0

Time-out. Wonder what's left to say if you're in the Rajshahi camp. Only thing I can think of: try and reduce the margin of victory, just in case net run rates become a factor later in the tournament

Shakib Al Hasan to Sammy, OUT
drags this slog from way outside off to mid-on. No timing whatsoever, the bat face turned in his hand and it turns out to be a simple catch. Captain gets captain.
DJG Sammy c Mohammad Saddam b Shakib Al Hasan 19 (15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 126.66
Shakib Al Hasan to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run
slides back in to cramp him for room, somehow manages to get that away towards sweeper cover
Shakib Al Hasan to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run
shapes to pull but this skids on to keep a touch low. Sanga stays low and collects
Shakib Al Hasan to Sammy, 1 run
punched over the infield, to deep midwicket
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossRajshahi Kings , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League 2017
Player Of The Match
Evin Lewis
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-14.50, Second Session 14.50-16.20
Match days18 November 2017 (20-over match)
Nadir Shah
TV Umpire
Morshed Ali Khan
Reserve Umpire
Mahfuzur Rahman
Match Referee
Salim Shahed
PointsDhaka Dynamites 2, Rajshahi Kings 0