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Sabbir, Robi take Dhaka into play-offs

Beximco Dhaka have become the third team to confirm a play-off spot in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020. A 20-run win over Gemcon Khulna has given Dhaka a fourth win on the bounce.

Chasing 180, Khulna got it all wrong as they got dismissed for 159 in 19.3 overs. Shakib Al Hasan’s miserable run with the bat has continued, scoring 8 runs in this match. Meanwhile, a plan to send Mashrafe Bin Mortaza at 5 misfired as he made just 1 run.

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Jahurul Islam was the standout for his 53 runs from 36 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad played a sluggish knock of 26-ball 23.

Shamim Hossain, who earlier had a brilliant day at the field, gave Khulna hope but he perished for 9-ball 24 runs.

Off-spinner Robiul Islam Robi took the first five-wicket haul of the tournament, baggin 5 for 27 in 3.3 overs.

Dhaka were off to a perfect start with the bat. Naim Sheikh took 26 off Shakib in the second over. Naim clobbered four sixes in that over, a feat which Akbar Ali repeated in the 15th over bowled by Nazmul Islam Apu.

Naim’s cameo of 17-ball 36 runs ended in a soft dismissal to Shahidul Islam, whom he hit for a fifth six just before being caught at mid-on.

Opener Sabbir Rahman kept the run rate at around 10 as newcomer Al-Amin (Jr.) accompanied him in a 64-run stand. Al-Amin made 36 off 25 in his first match in the tournament. Sabbir reached a much-needed fifty in 34 balls, but fell for 56 runs off 38 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes.

Akbar’s four sixes off Nazmul over looked to be taking Dhaka to 200-plus but well disciplined bowling effort from Khulna gave only 29 runs for 3 wickets in the last 5 overs. Dhaka ended up on 179/7. Akbar made a handy 14-ball 31.

Mashrafe (1/26) and Hasan Mahmud (1/23) were economical in a day when Shakib got smashed for 36 in 3 overs and Nazmul 51 in 4.

Brief scores:

Beximco Dhaka 179/7 in 20 overs (Sabbir 56, Naim 36; Shohidul 2/31, Hasan 1/23)

Gemcon Khulna 159/10 in 20 overs (Jahurul 53; Robi 5/27, Rubel 2/30, Muktar 2/35)

Beximco Dhaka won by 20 runs

Player of the Match: Sabbir Rahman

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