There could have been disappointment or even depression at the King’s camp after the disheartening defeat of 3 runs against Khulna Titans. The first win was at touching distance, we bowled exceptionally well. Our King Abul Hasan got the best bowling figure for a Bangladeshi in BPL history, our young sensation Miraz didn’t disappoint and got one in his very first over. We started batting really well and at one point Mominul and captain Sammy had the match in their hands. But at the last moment we stumbled and gave the match way.
There was a lot to be disappointed over, but the Kings never lose heart. They knew they had the potential to win that match and they had that confidence instilled in them. So when they were facing the Dynamites last night, even though the Dynamites were widely speculated to be the title contenders for this season, our Kings had no fear. They had the conviction and the belief in their abilities and experience.
Winning the toss was a crucial step, Darren Sammy so wisely chose to bowl first even though he knew Dhaka had a strong top order batting line up. He had faith in his bowlers and he knew later on dew will play a huge factor in the game as it always does at Mirpur. It was a dream of a start, Magic Miraz again struck at his first over to remove the veteran Sangakara. Then came a Patel over where he struck double and struck gold to wipe out Jayawardene and Mehedi Maruf in the same over. At the very first ball next over, Miraz bamboozled Shakib and Sohan showed his lightening fast reflexes to take off the bails to remove Shakib for a golden duck, Dhaka were 43/4. The Kings had a sniff of victory. But Mosaddek Hossain stood out and held on to the Kings barrage and with Bopara and Bravo took the Dynamites to a total of 138.
Chasing was never going to be easy under the lights and to be facing the formidable bowling attack comprised of the likes of Shakib, Bravo, Shahid, Bopara. Kings started well but lost two unfortunate wickets as Mominul was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Mosaddek and Rony was cowered down and stumped due to his back strain. Umar Akmal and Sabbir continued as though nothing has changed and took the Kings to 65/2 until Akmal got out. Then came our hero of the day Samit Patel. He started slowly always picking out runs here and there. He played an unforgettable innings of unbeaten 44 off 25 balls which had six boundaries and one huge six. It was a joy to watch Patel toying with Dhaka bowling line up, stealing singles and firing boundaries when needed. Rajshahis very own Sabbir was equally proficient with his bat as always and provided support until the very end. But he and Captain Sammy and Samit all three of them were denied the winning run as the winning run came off from a wide delivery from Shahid, displaying the frustrations the Kings batting caused to the Dynamites attack.
It was an easy win despite all the adversaries off not being called the favorites and coming off from a disheartening loss. We won by six wickets and 11 balls to spare. This was a good win, but this is just the start. Be very wary opponents, Kings are on the move and they are moving for the crown!