Shahid Afridi gave away 40 runs in 3 overs and was dismissed for second-ball duck    Getty Images (File photo)
Shahid Afridi gave away 40 runs in 3 overs and was dismissed for second-ball duck Getty Images (File photo)

Dhaka Dynamites hammered Rangpur Riders by 42 runs in the Match No. 34 of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016. The match was played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Chasing a daunting target of 189, the Riders were restricted to 146 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs. Rangpur Riders failed to turn up with both bat and the ball, and produced one of the most dismal performances seen in the tournament. Ziaur Rahman top scored for Rangpur Riders with 60 off 43 balls, which was the only bright spot for them with the bat against the Dynamites. ALSO READ: Evin Lewis powers Dhaka Dynamites to 188/7 against Rangpur Riders in BPL 2016 Match 34

Gazi scored 36 with 3 boundaries and 1 six, and led the revival of his side along with Ziaur which was totally outplayed across departments by Dhaka Dynamites. Chasing 189 to win, the Rangpur Riders opened with Shahid Afridi and Nasir Jamshed and lost a wicket early. In the first over from Abu Jayed, Afridi swung his bat hard on the second ball and the ball went way high in the air, only to fall safely into the hands of Andre Russell. The Riders suffered a batting collapse of sorts, with Afridi falling for a duck, Mohammad Mithun for 1 and Gihan Rupasinghe for 8.

Stuttering at 32 for 3, the team from Rangpur slipped further when Shakib Al Hasan had Jamshed caught at short midwicket for 21. Liam Dawson, who was stumped immediately after the news of his selection came in for England s tour of India, was dismissed for 11. Rangpur batted Soumya lower at No. 7, and the left-hander failed to make an impact, being dismissed for 1.

Towards the end, Gazi and Ziaur Rahman who bowled 3 overs and claimed 2 for 22 teamed up to add some runs to the team s total in a bid to save face. They batted aggressively from the time Rangpur were tottering at 48 for 6 in 10 overs. Gazi batted with a lot of aggression, unlike his teammates, to score 36 off 26 balls, but his effort went in vain since Rangpur needed far too many runs towards the end of the game to win. Ziaur was the last man to be dismissed for 60 off 43 balls with 6 boundaries and 3 sixes.

Earlier in the match, Ewin Lewis hammered a quickfire 75 and added 103 runs for the first wicket with Mehedi Maruf, as Dhaka Dynamites set a big run target against the Rangpur Riders in the 34th match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016. It turned out to be a run-fest at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur as both Lewis and Maruf unleashed themselves on the Rangpur Riders bowlers, adding more than 100 runs in mere 9 overs. However, a drinks break destroyed their momentum, and the Dhaka Dynamites lost their tempo. They lost a flurry of wickets which helped Riders bring things back in their control.

The West Indian Lewis was belligerent on the Rangpur Riders bowlers, as he smacked as many as 8 sixes and 3 boundaries to score 75 runs off just 34 balls. He was in a devastating mood as Lewis brought up his half-century in mere 21 balls, till then smashing 6 sixes. On the other hand, his partner Maruf too did not spare the Rangpur Riders, clobbering 3 sixes and as many boundaries to score a fine innings of 40 off 31 balls. The two batsmen added 103 runs for the first wicket.

Brief scores:

Dhaka Dynamites 188 for 7 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 75, Mehedi Maruf 40, Shakib Al Hasan 29; Rubel Hossain 3 for 25) beat Rangpur Riders 146 for 8 in 20 overs (Nasir Jamshed 21, Sohag Gazi 36, Ziaur Rahman 60; Abu Jayed 3 for 20) by 42 runs.