Dhaka Dynamites have won the 2016 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after they defeated the Rajshahi Kings by 56 runs in the final at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
Kings’ captain Darren Sammy had won the toss and elected to bowl first which proved to be a costly decision as his team simply couldn’t keep up with the pressure that comes with chasing down a total in a final.
The Dynamites managed to score 159/9 in their 20 overs, with healthy contributions from West Indies’ Evin Lewis and Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara. Lewis top scored with a 31-ball 45 while Sangakkara contributed 36 to the Dhaka-based team’s total.
Fast bowler Farhad Reza was the pick of the Rajshahi bowlers, with figures of 3/28 in his four overs.
The match seemed to be in the balance with the Kings’ score reading 59/1 at the end of the ninth over during the chase. But the run-out of Sabbir Rahman in the following over started a collapse that the Sammy-led team never recovered from.
The Kings would go on to lose eight wickets for 41 runs, getting bowled out for 103 in 17.4 overs. West Indian player Kesrick Williams had to leave the field retired hurt after he was accidentally hit on his elbow by a throw from international team-mate Dwayne Bravo.
Captain Shakib al Hasan, Abu Jayed, and Sunzamul Islam all picked up two wickets a piece for the champions.
This is the first time that the Dhaka Dynamites have won the tournament after they were rebranded in 2015. They had won the first two editions of the BPL, playing as the Dhaka Gladiators.
Mahmudullah of the Khulna Titans was named the Player of the Tournament as he ended the event with 396 runs and 10 wickets in 14 matches.
Dhaka Dynamites 159/9 [Lewis 45, Sangakkara 36, Reza 3/28] beat Rajshahi Kings 103 all out [Mominul Haque 27, Sabbir Rahman 26, Jayed 2/12, Islam 2/17, Shakib 2/30] by 56 runs.
Man of the Match – Kumar Sangakkara
India will soon be home to the largest cricket stadium in the world with the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, also commonly known as the Motera Stadium, all set to be expanded to a capacity of 110,000.
Once the work is completed, the stadium will overtake the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as the cricket venue with the highest capacity for spectators. The MCG can currently hold 100,024 people and was the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final in 2015.
The construction work with regards to the expansion of the Motera Stadium will be undertaken by India-based company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and is expected to be completed within two years.
“The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards,” read a press release from the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).
The Motera can currently hold upto 54,000 people and has hosted 12 Test matches till date. It also played host to the famous World Cup quarterfinal between India and Australia in 2012 – a match which was won by India, who would later go on to lift the prestigious trophy on home soil.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 107-run partnership propelled India’s score to 146/1 at the end of play on day two in the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
India are still 254 runs behind England, who were bowled out for exactly 400 earlier in the day, but have nine wickets in hand.
For England, Jos Buttler notched up his sixth Test half-century as his partnership of 54 with Jake Ball for the ninth wicket gave a second wind to the visitors’ innings. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers, with figures of 6/112, with spin partner Ravindra Jadeja picking up the remaining four wickets.
While there was praise for Pujara and Vijay from former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra and commentator Harsha Bhogle, former England cricketer and commentator David Lloyd felt that using three commentators at the same time – a practice used in the ongoing series – is an overkill.
Here, we look at the top tweets from day two of the fourth Test:
And just how nimble is Pujara's footwork...dishing out a masterclass on how to play spinners on turning Indian pitches. Brilliant. 😊👏— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 9, 2016
3 comms at once doesn't work for me ..too much talking .................less is more ....let it breathe— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) December 9, 2016
India will be particularly happy with @mvj888. Had looked a bit out of sorts in the last couple of tests. Must make this count— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 9, 2016
Most five-fors in a two-year period in Tests— Shiva J (@Shiva_cricinfo) December 9, 2016
M Muralitharan - 14 (2000-01)
M Muralitharan - 14 (2006-07)
R Ashwin - 14 (2015-16)#INDvENG
Vijay-Pujara p'ship exemplifies India's resilience, class & ambition in the series. Still 254 runs behind but momentum's now in their favour— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 9, 2016
Ravi Ashwin can kill two stones with one bird.— Dennis (@DennisCricket_) December 9, 2016
Early joy for crowd as Stokes departs. A fan gets up and shouts "hum lagaan nahi denge, hum lagaan nahi denge" about 25 times. 😂 #INDvENG— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) December 9, 2016