Arafat Sunny’s four-over spell of 3 for 8 restricted Dhaka Dynamites to 116 for 9 in their 137-run chase to hand the hosts their first loss of the season and Rajshahi Kings a 20-run win.
Electing to bat, Rajshahi Kings got off to a stuttered start. Not only did they lose skipper Mehidy Hasan early but also struggled to push the scoring rate in the Powerplay. However, the 75-run stand between Shahriar Nafees (27-ball 25) and Marshall Ayub (31-ball 45) proved to be crucial as it laid a solid foundation on a pitch that was difficult for scoring.
Once the duo was dismissed in the 12th over by Sunil Narine, Kings were left with rebuilding their innings again. Ryan ten Doeschate and Zakir Hasan came up with useful contributions but could take them only to 136 for 6 – a handy total in challenging conditions.
However, it proved too much for Dhaka’s star-studded line-up. Six of their batters managed double-digit scores but none of them could carry on for long as Sunny kept things tight from one end, apart from ensuring regular fall of wickets. Other bowlers – Isuru Udana; Mehidy, Mustafizur Rahim and Kamrul Islam also chipped in with a wicket or two.
Brief Scores: Rajshahi Kings 136 for 6 in 20 overs (Marshall Ayub 45, Shahriar Nafees 25; Sunil Narine 3-19; Andre Russell 1-17) beat Dhaka Dynamites 116 for 9 in 20 overs (Nurul Hasan 21, Naim Sheikh 17; Arafat Sunny 3-8, Mehidy Hasan 2-18) by 20 runs.