MNA Sports Desk: Afridi and Shakib helped Dhaka bundle Comilla out for 96. Holders Dhaka Dynamites booked their place in the Bangladesh Premier League 2017 final outclassing Comilla Victorians by 95 runs in the Qualfier 1 on Friday.
Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of Comilla’s top and middle order batsmen could reach double figure, as they were bundled out for a sorry 96 by an attacking Dhaka bowling unit.
Tamim’s 31 came off 28 balls, but that was very little to scale Dhaka’s 191 down.
In fact, had number-nine batsman Hasan Ali and number-ten batsman Mahedi Hasan not made 18 and 15 respectively, it would have been a more humiliating defeat for the Victorians.
Shahid Afridi was the tormentor-in-chief, bagging three wickets for only 16 runs while Mosaddek Hossain and skipper Shakib Al Hasan bagged two each for Dhaka.
Choosing to bat first, Dhaka posted 191 for 7 thanks to opener Evin Lewis’ 47.
In the first match of the day, West Indian batting giant Chris Gayle hit a smashing century in the eliminator match against Khulna Titans and gave Ragpur Riders chance to play in the final. Gayle completed his ton in just 45 balls on Friday. As a result, Rangpur won by eight wickets.
Earlier, Rangpur Riders won the toss and have opted to field. Khulna posted 167/6 in 20 overs.