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Comilla Victorians vs Rangpur Riders
Ravi Bopara's triple burst paved way for Rangpur Riders' comfortable win against Comilla Victorians in Dhaka, and secured their league-phase finish as the top-ranked team.
Electing to bat, Victorians never managed to dominate in the game, starting from the second ball of the match which resulted in Tamim Iqbal's dismissal. Nahidul Islam dismissed both the openers in his first spell and led the way for Victorians' early collapse, to 23 for 5.
Liam Dawson and Ziur Rahman resurrected their innings with a 33-run stand. However, once the pair was separated by Bopara, they struggled to find their footing again. The English medium-pacer dismissed both the set batsmen and even accounted for the wicket of Abu Haider to pave way for a collapse as Victorians folded for 72.
In response, Riders had little difficulty overcoming the target. Even as opener Mehedi Maruf departed early in the second over, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers saw off the chase with an unbeaten 65-run stand for the second wicket.
Victorians, despite the loss, finished second on the points table and will face off against the same opposition in the first qualifier on Monday.
Brief Scores: Rangpur Riders 72 in 16.3 overs (Ziaur Rahman 21, Liam Dawson 18; Ravi Bopara 3-7, Nahidul Islam 2-9) lost to Rangpur Riders 76/1 in 9.3 overs (Chris Gayle 35*, AB de Villiers 34*; Sanjit Saha 1-32) by 9 wickets.
Dhaka Dynamites vs Khulna Titans
Led by Sunil Narine's brisk start and Upul Tharnga's 30-ball 42, Dhaka Dynamites beat Khulna Titans by 6 wickets to edge out Rajshahi Kings on NRR and seal the fourth spot in the Bangladesh Premier League playoffs.
Electing to bat, Titans struggled to get going with Dynamites striking at regular intervals. The fact that the 29-run stand between Nazmul Hossain and David Wiese was the highest of the innings is a testimony to that.
All the batsmen in the middle order got starts but none could make a strong impact. Wiese's 27-ball 30 was the most effective of them all as Rubel Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan struck twice each to restrict the bottom-placed side to 123 for 9.
The target was relatively low and Narine's early assault, which included four sixes and two fours in a brief stay of 13 balls, further dented the hopes of Titans. Even as Shakib scored just one run and Mizanur Rahman departed for a duck, Tharanga pulled off a 19-run stand with the former and 10 with the latter.
Mahmudullah struck twice but did little to derail their chase. Nurul Hasan held strong and with his 26-ball 27 took Dynamites over the line with 5.1 overs to spare.
Even as Dynamites tied with Rajshahi Kings on 12 points at the end of the league round, a superior NRR has allowed them to stay a position higher.
Brief Scores: Khulna Titans 123/9 in 20 overs (David Wiese 30, Nazmul Hossain 24; Rubel Hossain 2-27, Shakib Al Hasan 2-32) lost to Dhaka Dynamites 124/4 in 14.5 overs (Upal Tharanga 42, Sunil Narine 35; Mahmudullah 2-14) by 6 wickets.
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