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12:00 AM, January 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:08 AM, January 19, 2019

BPL SPICE

MIDDLING THE OFF STUMP

Taskin Ahmed's BPL has been a bit hit-and-miss so far, but yesterday's match against Dhaka Dynamites was definitely a hit for the Sylhet Sixers pacer.

Off the last ball of the innings, Taskin went back to jab a full delivery from Andrew Birch to third man but the stumps and bails lit up even though the ball seemed to have sailed harmlessly past on its way to the keeper. Taskin actually went so far back that he smashed the off stump, instead of the ball, with his bat. Fast bowlers love to see a stump uprooted, but this was probably not what Taskin had in mind.

SIS TOO SMALL FOR RUSSELL

Andre Russell, who had an unusual off day on the field, seemed in a hurry to finish things off despite Shakib having taken the Dynamites to a comfortable position. Off the third ball of the 16th over delivered by Taskin, Russell wound up and with a full swing of the bat hammered a six that drew a chorus of gasps from those at the ground. The ball kept climbing as it sailed past the midwicket ropes and over the roof at the western end of the stadium, which is at least five stories high. The ball was lost and he hit the new one for a similar six -- it went higher but not as long -- the very next ball. Two more sixes followed in the next over, and the match was over in a jiffy.

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