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Mashrafe Mortaza’s four-fer helped his side to a commanding win © Getty
After defeating Rajshahi Kings by 83 runs in their first game, Dhaka Dynamites continued their strong start as they hammered Khulna Titans by a massive margin of 105 runs in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 8). Titans’ decision to bowl first backfired as Hazratullah Zazai struck his second successive half-century smashing five sixes in his 36-ball 57.
While Sunil Narine departed after belting a couple of sixes early, Rony Talukdar contributed with a useful 18-ball 28 to help his side get off to a strong start. Even though Dynamites lost Talukdar, Zazai and skipper Shakib Al Hasan in the space of six deliveries, experienced allrounders Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell gave them the ideal finish to propel Dynamites to 192.
Despite getting out for a first-ball duck, Shakib did the early damage with the ball to get rid of Paul Stirling very early in the chase. Three out of the top four batsmen made single-digit scores which literally killed Titans’ hopes of chasing down the big total. In total, only three batsmen managed to touch double digits as Shakib and Narine combined to bowl the opposition out for just 87.
Brief scores: Dhaka Dynamites 192/6 in 20 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 57, Rony Talukdar 28; Paul Stirling 2-2, David Wiese 2-24) beat Khulna Titans 87 in 13 overs (Junaid Siddique 31; Shakib Al Hasan 3-18, Sunil Narine 2-20) by 105 runs
In another one-sided encounter, Rangpur Riders managed to brush aside Comilla Victorians with ease with the losing side managing to post just 63 after being asked to bat first. Veteran seamer Mashrafe Mortaza was the wrecker-in-chief as he got rid of Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes very early in the game.
With overseas imports Steven Smith and Shoaib Malik registering ducks, the writing was on the wall for Victorians as the top six managed to put up only single digit scores. Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was the only player to offer any kind of resistance and the only one to touch double digits as he made 25 from 18.
While Mortaza ended up with four wickets, Shafiul Islam and Nazmul Islam combined to pick up five to bowl out Victorians cheaply. While Chris Gayle departed early in the chase, Mehedi Maruf and Rilee Rossouw batted cautiously to guide the team to a massive nine-wicket win.
Brief scores: Comilla Victorians 63 in 16.2 overs (Shahid Afridi 25; Mashrafe Mortaza 4-11, Nazmul Islam 3-20) lost to Rangpur Riders 67/1 in 12 overs (Mehedi Maruf 36*, Rilee Rossouw 20*) by nine wickets