Sylhet Royals finally ran out of steam as they lost their first match after five wins, to Dhaka Gladiators by 31 runs. Royals had previously won four matches chasing more than 140 with ease, but fell comfortably below the target this time.
Three Royals batsmen were run out, starting with Dwayne Smith, who slipped in the middle of the pitch in the second over. Mohammad Nabi and Nazmul Hossain Milon also ended up short of the crease, reducing Royals to 47 for 5 in the ninth over. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim made 41 off 37 balls, but couldn’t take the team past the three-figure mark. The team limped to 127 for 8 in 20 overs.
After Smith’s run out, Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza took his first wicket of the tournament. Alfonso Thomas and left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib took two wickets each to stifle the middle-order further. Read more
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