Slam-bang cricket, the other name of the T20 game was dazzlingly evident as Dhaka Dynamites, the reigning champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) clawed their way to the top of the table with a superb seven wicket victory over Chittagong Vikings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday.
Chasing a stiff target of 188, Dhaka made it a cakewalk scoring 191 for three with seven balls to spare. The cricket world saw the rise of another West Indian power hitter in Evin Lewis and already he has been dubbed as the successor of Chris Gayle as the left hander blasted 75 off 31 balls.
The onslaught started in the ninth over when Lewis hammered spinner Sanzamul Islam for 26 runs. He hit four sixes to add the tempo in the over and never looked back. His 31 balls 75 including three fours and nine sixes put Dynamites on the driving seat and he later was adjudged as the man of the match.
Dhaka’s daunting task of scoring 10.18 per over in the last ten was never in threat even after Lewis’s departure. Lewis injected the pace and English batsman Joe Denly was there to continue it. Denly continued the fireworks with 39 ball four boundary and one six embedded 44 frustrating the Vikings bowlers.
Every cake needs some finishing with decorations and South African hitter Cameron Delport filled the shoes of Denly. His 24 ball two fours and three six added 43 saw the hard task made so easy. Shakib, the skipper capped the success with the winning four in his 17 ball 22 run unbeaten innings. Shakib and Delport shared the unbeaten 68 run partnership in the match winning fourth wicket stand.
Earlier, opener Anamul Haque and skipper Luke Ronchi’s crafty fifties helped the struggling port city franchise post 187 on the board.
Luke Ronchi was in his dazzling best as he took the Dhaka bowlers hitting identical four fours and sixes in his 40 ball 59 run innings. The New Zealand power hitter slammed Shakib Al Hasan for 23 runs in the fifth over with three sixes and a four as Chittagong reached 50 in just five overs.
Ronchi was well supported by Anamul Haque, who also was in a hammering mood hitting 73 off 47 balls including three fours and six sixes. Ronchi and Anamul put on a 107 run second-wicket partnership in just 65 balls before Ronchi was removed by Shakib Al Hasan.
Shakib, however went through some lashing as his figures of 4-0-51-1 was unusual.
The consequence of this loss, Chittagong Vikings find themselves with no hope of qualifying for the play-offs.