NEW DELHI: If the contest was about entertainment, it was a hit all the way. Some rousing shots and some incisive bowling lit up the Indian Cricket League encounter between Dhaka Warriors and Royal Bengal Tigers at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here on Saturday.
Dhaka Warriors did exceedingly well to set Bengal a target of 173 but then its failure to do its homework on the opposition cost it dearly.
The seasoned Deep Dasgupta (81 not out, 57b, 6x4, 2x6) and a belligerent Rohan Gavaskar (51 off 34 balls with three sixes and two fours) ensured the mission was accomplished with an excellently paced chase that left the Dhaka team stranded.
Royal Bengal Tigers lost a mere two wickets and won with eight balls to spare to join Chennai Superstars at the top with eight points from five matches.
The Dhaka side made things tough for Bengal but Man-of-the-match Dasgupta was determined to finish the game in style.
Keeping his cool
He kept his cool and stayed to complete the job the company of Lance Klusener, who ended the game in a flurry.
Even as the equation became difficult, Dasgupta swung the ball for a six and Klusener closed the contest with two big hits over the boundary.
Hamish Marshall and Dasgupta gave the Bengal innings the impetus it required at the start before Gavaskar joined the action. His 109-run stand with Dasgupta swung the match Tigers’ way.
Kapali, Aftab shine
Earlier, Alok Kapali and Aftab Ahmed were the star performers for Dhaka Warriors. On a humid evening, the two Bangladeshis produced knocks that should merit accolades in any grade of cricket.
Kapali cracked a 33-ball 65 and Ahmed crafted a 42-ball 61 to give Dhaka Warriors innings the momentum. Kapali, at 24, and Aftab Ahmed, 23, have served Bangladesh cricket with distinction, playing 17 and 14 Tests respectively and here they stood out for Dhaka Warriors with some quality batting.
Kapali in particular was a delight as he improvised and whipped the ball around.
In all, Kapali hit fives sixes and four fours while Ahmed smashed three sixes and six fours in their blazing innings.
The scores: Dhaka Warriors 172 for seven in 20 overs (Alok Kapali 65, Aftab Ahmed 61) lost to Royal Bengal 175 for two in 18.4 overs (Deep Dasgupta 81 not out, Rohan Gavaskar 51).