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Minister Dhaka to face Barishal in ‘Do or Die’ match

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CRICDOT DESK : The equation in front of the Ministerial Group Dhaka was that if you want to survive in the tournament, you have to win. Winning is not an option to keep alive the possibility of playing in the play-offs. Now Mahmudullah Riyadh’s team has turned around with their backs to the wall. Dhaka defeated Khulna Tigers by 5 wickets in Sylhet yesterday.

With this victory, Dhaka survived the play-off battle. The team has collected 4 wins and 9 points in 9 matches. Dhaka will play their last match against Fortune Barisal on February 11 at Mirpur Stadium. Mahmudullah-Tamim will have to win 6 matches to play in the play-off. However, Dhaka will have to give a big test in front of Inform Barisal. However, in the first meeting between the two teams, Dhaka won on January 24.

The possibility of Khulna losing yesterday did not end. This is Khulna’s fourth loss in eight matches. Mushfiqur Rahim’s team, which collected 6 points, will have to win the remaining two matches. All in all, the last three teams of the play-off will be final in Mirpur. Barisal has already entered the play-offs with 6 wins.

Dhaka came down to play with four changes in the XI yesterday. Mashrafe, Shahzad, Naeem Sheikh, Ebadat put the team in the eleventh average. Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Zahurul Islam Ami and Afghan Azmatullah Omarzai got their chance in the XI.

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The bowlers have laid the foundation for Dhaka’s victory. Khulna, who won the toss and elected to bat, lost 4 wickets for 12 runs. Captain Mushfiqur also took leave for 32 runs. Even then, the team’s score exceeded 100 in Sikandar Raja’s half century. He came down to number seven and played an innings of 74 runs off 50 balls. Khulna averaged 129 runs for 6 wickets. Mushfiqur 12, Mehedi Hasan 18, Thisra Perera 12 runs. For Dhaka, Arafat Sunny, Omarzai took 2 wickets, Rubel, Fazal Farooqi and Kayes Ahmed took 1 wicket each.

In reply, Dhaka scored 131 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 19.2 overs. After the departure of two openers Tamim and Imranuzzaman for 12 runs, Mahmudullah and Zahurul put on 56 runs for the third wicket. Fortunately, when they returned, Shamsur led the team to victory. Zahurul 30, Mahmudullah 34, Shamsur 25 off 14 balls, Shubhagat Home unbeaten 18, Omarzai unbeaten 10 runs. Thisra Perera of Khulna took 2 wickets, Nabil Samad, Ruel Mia and Khaled Ahmed took 1 wicket each. Dhaka left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny took 2 wickets for 15 runs.

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