Published: February 14, 2012
One costly bowling change took the game away from Chittagong Kings as they were handed a six-wicket defeat by Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League on Monday.
Defending a modest total of 153 runs, Kings were hoping to build some pressure on Gladiators who were reeling at 77 for four after 11 overs when skipper Mahmudullah gave the ball to occasional left-arm spinner Faisal Hossain.
Faisal conceded two sixes, two fours and a single in the fateful over that eased all the pressure off Dhaka and gave them a complete command in a game which was until then evenly poised.
Darren Stevens and Kieron Pollard completed the win with 43 from 38 balls and 50 from 34 balls respectively to help Dhaka go level on points with three other teams including Kings at the top of the standings.
Kings were also left ruing a missed catch that would have given them an edge be
fore the bowling blunder of Faisal. Dwayne Bravo failed to grab a catch, given by Stevens at cover off Arafat Sunny, who bowled brilliantly at the start of the innings.
Stevens was then batting on six and had the catch been taken Gladiators would have been reduced to 75 for five.
That would have given surely an advantage after all that scare given to them by Mohammad Ashraful. Sunny took two wickets in an over to dismiss Imran Nazir (22) and Azhar Mahmud (one) before Ashraful delivered some lusty blows to bring Gladiators back into to the contest.
Ashraful, who struck two fours and as many sixes in his 28 off 14 balls, was run out following a mix-up with Stevens.
Earlier, Chittagong also began positively with the first five overs earning them 48-0 before Jahirul Islam made a mess after the introduction of left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain.
Jahirul did everything to get dismissed in the first three balls of the over and was finally run out for 21 off 18 balls. Aftab Ahmed took a catch in the first ball but was not sure if the ball had hit the ground before he caught it. Third umpire ruled Jahirul not out only to see the batsman sending the next ball into the sky with Aftab waiting for the catch again.
But the fieldsman somehow managed to drop the catch despite two attempts. Aftab, a Chittagong-born Dhaka player must have heaved a sigh of relief after seeing Jahirul running himself out in the third ball to complete the mess.
Dhaka were right back into the game after two quick wickets by Elias Sunny, who sent back Jason Roy and Nasir Jamshed (27) in the space of five balls. Faisal began his miserable day by being run out in the next over before Sunny struck again to dismiss Mahmudullah.
However, Bravo hung on till the last and scored 17 runs in the last over on his way to 43 from 31 balls, which helped Kings go past the 150-run mark. Sunny finished with 3-17 for Gladiators.