Beximco Dhaka suffered their third straight defeat in the Bangabandhu Twenty20 Cup, losing to Gemcon Khulna by 37 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Monday.
Skipper Mahmudullah hit a dogged 45 off 47 to help Khulna post a modest 146-8, which proved to be sufficient as his bowlers’ bundled out Dhaka for 109.
Khulna all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan again failed with the bat, scoring 11 off nine balls, but was exemplary with the ball, claiming 8-1 in his four overs including two maiden overs in the powerplay.
In the opening fixture of the day, Gazi Group Chattogram cemented their place at the top of table by winning their third consecutive match, defeating Fortune Barishal by 10 runs.
Sent to bat first, Khulna lost three wickets inside the powerplay before Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes (29 off 27 balls) steadied their innings with a 56-run stand.
Nayeem Hasan dismissed Imrul to break the stand in the 14th over but Mahmudullah held one end up, remained unbeaten till the 20th over while Ariful Haque (19 off 11 balls) and Shuvagata Hom (15 off five balls not out) hit quickfire innings’ to push the score over 140.
In reply, Dhaka lost their top-three batters for just 14 runs.
Dhaka skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (37 off 35 balls) and Yasir Ali (21 off 29 balls) kept them in the contest with a 57-run partnership but both batters got dismissed in quick succession and rest of the batters crumbled under the pressure of the required rate.
Shuvagata Hom and Shahidul Islam took 3-13 and 3-30 respectively.
Earlier, Shykat Ali’s late blitz of 27 off 11 balls helped Chattogram post 151-7, before Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam took three-wicket each to restrict Barishal to 141-8.
Batting first for the first time in the tournament after losing the toss, Chattogram looked destined for a paltry total after reaching 102-5 in 16.1 overs.
Shykat and Mosaddek Hossain (28 off 24 balls) added 40 runs off 24 balls for the sixth wicket to help their team go past 150.
Chasing 152, Barishal’s makeshift opener Mehedi Hasan (13 off 13 balls) again perished cheaply.
Barishal had hopes of chasing the total as long as skipper Tamim Iqbal was on the crease, but when he got dismissed in the 11th over for a run-a-ball 32, Barishal lost their way.
The rest of the batting line-up couldn’t keep up with the climbing run-rate and Barishal lost their second game in three matches.
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