Dhaka hand Sylhet hat-trick loss

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:12pm on December 14, 2019

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Dhaka Platoon opener Anamul Haque plays a shot during their Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League match against Sylhet Thunder at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. — BCB photo

Opener Anamul Haque struck a half-century as Dhaka Platoon defeated Sylhet Thunder by 24 runs in the final match of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League first phase in Dhaka on Saturday.

Anamul set up the second win for Dhaka in the tournament by hitting 62 off 42 balls, which guided the side to 182-4 in their stipulated 20 overs before they restricted Sylhet to 158-7.

Skipper Mosaddek Hossain hit an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls for Sylhet but could not prevent the side’s third consecutive defeat in the tournament before it headed to Chattogram for the second phase, starting on December 17.

Anamul and Tamim Iqbal provided Dhaka a good platform by putting 85 runs in the opening pair after they were asked to bat first by Sylhet skipper Mosaddek.

Mosaddek himself broke the stand, dragging Tamim out of his crease for a stumping after the talismanic Bangladesh opener made 31 off 28 balls.

Pace bowler Delwar Hossain soon removed Anamul, who hit eight fours and a six, but Dhaka never lost their control in the innings thanks to their middle-order trio Laurie Evans, Jaker Ali and Thisara Perera.

Evans ( 21 off 21 balls ), Jaker ( 20 off 12 balls) and Perera (22 off 11 balls not out), all played a decent cameo and Wahab Riaz put a late impetus with his unbeaten seven-ball 17.

Sylhet, in reply, lost their first four wickets for 52 runs inside the first six overs of batting powerplay and could never recover from the damage despite the best effort from Mosaddek.

Mossaddek struck six fours and two sixes in only his second half-century of BPL career but no one from the lower-order could provide his adequate support.

Skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza and pacer Hasan Mahmud claimed two wickets each for Dhaka.