Vijay Lokapally

PANCHKULA: Dhaka Warriors raised its game a notch higher in keeping itself in the race for a semifinal slot in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) with a 13–run victory over Ahmedabad Rockets.

On a cold Monday night at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here, Dhaka Warriors shut Rockets out of the competition, thanks to the foundation laid by Mohammad Nazimuddin and Mahbubul Karim.

Dhaka Warriors now has eight points with a match in hand while Ahmedabad Rockets languish second from bottom with just four points and a match to go. Dhaka Warriors needs to win its last match against Lahore Badshahs to ensure a semifinal berth.

Attractive batsman

Dhaka Warriors’s Nazimuddin is quite an attractive batsman to watch. He lost Shahriar Nafees early but drew motivation enough to give the innings the direction it needed. The ability to pick the line early allowed Nazimuddin to play his shots and score at will.

Nazimuddin slammed a brilliant 48 off 29 balls with three fours and four sixes.

Two of his sixes were smacked off Jason Gillespie in the same over as he hit the bowler over third-man and then square-leg. The good-work for Dhaka Warriors was carried on by Karim and Dhiman Ghosh. Their 53-run partnership proved vital for the team. Ahmedabad Rockets depended a lot on opener Murray Goodwin to make a match of it.

He was brisk in his work at the crease in making 57 off 42 balls with seven fours and a six but the rest failed to cope with the daunting task.

The scores:

Dhaka Warriors 181 for seven in 20 overs (Mohammad Nazimuddin 48, Mahbubul Karim 45 not out, Jason Gillespie three for 29) bt Ahmedabad Rockets 168 for eight in 20 overs (Murray Goodwin 57, Mohammed Rafique three for 31).

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