Bravo takes Comilla Victorians on top in BPL

A superb bowling display by Dwayne Bravo saw Comilla Victorians to record a 12-run victory over holders Dhaka Dynamites in the 34th match of AKS Bangladesh Premier League T20 held on Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here.

With this victory, Comilla moved to top in the points table with 14 points from nine matches while Dhaka Dynamites placed in third position in the points table with 11 points from ten outings.

Chasing a winning target of 168 runs set by Comilla, Dhaka Dynamites found the chase stiff and eventually they were restricted at 155 for 8 in 20 overs.

The highlights of Dhaka’s innings was Joe Denly’s polish 49-run knock as the Victorians bowlers kept threatening early on Dhaka’s innings picking up wickets in regular intervals.

Denly smashed six boundaries and two over boundaries during his 39 ball stay on the crease before he fell to Saifuddin. Kieron Pollard (27), Mosaddek Hossain (17) and Juhurul Ilsam (17) offered some resistance in the end but could not take Dhaka towards the destination.

Dwayne Bravo, who was named the player of the match for his impressive bowling performance, grabbed three Dhaka’s wickets for 31 runs from his four overs. He was well supported by Saifuddin who bagged two wickets giving away 18 runs from three overs.

Earlier, a good opening stand by Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das steered Comilla Victorians to post a competitive total of 167 for 6 from their allotted 20 overs, after they were forced to bat first by Dhaka Dynamites.

The left handed batsman Tamim played a breezy knock of 23-ball 37 laced with five boundaries and during the process he shared 60-run opening stand with Liton Das who chipped away 30-ball off 34 runs hitting three boundaries.

Later, Marlon Samuels blasted 27-ball off 39 runs to help Comilla to set a competitive target in front of Dhaka Dynamites after the departure of Imrul Kayes (26).

Samuels smashed five boundaries and two over boundaries before he fell to Kevon Cooper, who emerged as Comilla’s most successful bowler picking up three wickets conceding 42 runs. He was duly supported by Shakib Al Hasan, who bagged two wickets conceding 23.

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