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Cricket news - Rubel, Russell power Dhaka Dynamites into the final

Rubel's 4 for 23 restricted Riders to a modest 142.

Rubel Hossain and Andre Russell starred with ball and bat respectively in Dhaka Dynamites' dominant victory over defending champions Rangpur Riders in the second qualifier of BPL 2019. Rubel was incisive with the ball, his 4 for 23 keeping the Riders to a very modest 142. The Dynamites' chase was then fuelled by an unbeaten 19-ball 40 from Andre Russell, who cashed in on a fine platform set by Rony Talukdar (35 off 24) to take Dhaka into the BPL final, where they'll clash against Comilla Victorians in a dream contest.

In essence, this was Dhaka side that had rediscovered the spark that saw it start this season with four wins on the bounce and not the one that suffered an almighty blip in form before just about scraping into the playoffs. They were on the money here right from the get go with Shakib Al Hasan ending on the right side of the crucial coin toss.

But Rangpur started well with the bat. Nadif Chowdhury left even Chris Gayle in the shade during his brutal opening assault. His 12-ball knock of 27 included two fours and three sixes. When he was eventually dismmissed by Shuvagata Hom, Riders had 42 on the board from four overs. Except one brought two more as Rubel struck off successive deliveries to remove Gayle and Rilee Rossouw. This meant Rangpur had lost three wickets off consecutive deliveries and were forced into a period of rebuilding.

Mithun (38 off 27) and Ravi Bopara (49 off 43) brought them back into the contest with a 64-run stand only for Qazi Onik and Rubel to send them spiralling down. Rangpur lost their final seven wickets for 36 runs and were bowled out for 142 with two balls to spare.

Dynamites lost opener Upul Tharanga early in chase but got a customary brisk start from Sunil Narine (14 off 8). Talukdar was joined by the experienced Shakib Al Hasan and the pair's risk-free approach meant Dhaka stay abreast of the asking rate without needing to resort to extravagance. They did eventually allow themselves to showboat for Russell knows no other way. With the situation getting mildly tricky following a suicidal run-out of Talukdar, Russell took it upon himself to ensure the game isn't stretched needlessly to the final stages.

He smashed five sixes during his 19-ball stay, finishing the game off with a hat-trick of maximums off Nazmul Islam, each of which seemed like a non-verbal statement of intent directed towards their final's opponent - Comilla Victorians.

Brief scores: Rangpur Riders 142 in 19.4 overs (Ravi Bopara 49, Mohammad Mithun 38; Rubel Hossain 4-23) lost to Dhaka Dynamites 147/5 in 16.4 overs (Andre Russell 40*, Rony Talukdar 35; Mashrafe Mortaza 2-32) by five wickets.

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