Shakib Al Hasan is the captain of the Dhaka Dynamites    AFP
Shakib Al Hasan is the captain of the Dhaka Dynamites AFP

A poor show by the Chittagong Vikings’ batsmen handed the Dhaka Dynamites a comfortable 19-run victory as the teams faced each other in Match No. 14 of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016. The match was played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. The Dynamites did not do very well with the bat either, ending their innings for a par score of 148 runs but the Vikings’ batting failed entirely to build up any significant partnership, ending up losing the match despite chasing an achievable target. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Dhaka Dynamites vs Chittagong Vikings, BPL 2016, Match 12 at Chittagong

The Vikings won the toss and skipper Tamim Iqbal opted to bowl first. Kumar Sangakkara along with Mehedi Maruf opened Dynamite’s innings. The table toppers did not look to be a tad bit concerned about the opponents’ bowling as Maruf went all guns blazing from the very beginning. His pacey innings got good runs on the board soon. He targetted Subhasus Roy, the relatively young bowler in the squad and hit boundaries and even a six within the first four overs.

Tamim brought in Mohammad Nabi with the ball and the change immediately worked, as Maruf departed in Nabi’s first over itself. The team looked relaxed though, with a long batting awaiting to come out and with 45 runs on the board in four overs. Next man in, Nasir Hossain also departed soon, scoring 20 runs while Sangakkara fell for 17. It was a terrific over from Tymal Mills who got both Nasir and Sangakkara in the same over and the Dynamites were 76 for 3. Next in was skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was expected to calm things down for the Dynamites. He played a couple of beautiful shots but soon departed scoring only 13 runs.

With the top-order failing to do anything significant, it was upon Dwayne Bravo to fill in for it but he also remained unlucky to get run out soon as a result of a confusion. Mosaddek Hossain was the only batsman to add some good runs to the board after Maruf and the Dynamites ended their innings with 148 runs on the board with the loss of 9 wickets.

The bowlers did exceptionally well and the pace-spin duo of Mills and Nabi ran through the batting line-up, helping thier side to restrict the opponents for an achievable target. Both bowlers bagged 3 wickets each; While Nabi traded 18 runs for them, Mills gave away 25.

While the bowling was commendable, the Vikings’ batting was a big disappointing. They lost their first wicket in a confusing run out within three overs of their innings. Next in was Anamul Haque also failed to play for long. The first partnership built up between Tamim and Mahmudul Hasan. The partnership stopped the fall of wickets but paced down the innings way too much which increased the required runrate as well as the pressure upon the batsmen to score runs. Tamim had to go for the big shot but it backfired as he got out for 26. Wickets kept falling in regular intervals following that, including those of Nabi and Grant Elliott, and after their 20 overs, the Vikings had 129 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, handing Shakib and his Dynamites a comfortable 19-run victory.

For the Dynamites, Mohammad Shahid was the most effective and successful bowler with 3 wickets and was given the Man of the Match award.

Brief scores:

Dhaka Dynamites 148 for 9 (Mehedi Maruf 33, Mosaddek Hossain 35; Tymal Mills 3 for 25, Mohammad Nabi 3 for 18) won vs Chittagong Vikings 129 for 8 (Tamim Iqbal 26, Mahmudul Hasan 20; Matt Coles 1 for 23, Mohammad Shahid 3 for 23) by 19 runs.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)