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Mumbai reflect on missed chances

Alok Kapali was once again among runs, but this time he ensured his effort did not go in vain.

Kapali stayed unbeaten on an attractive 48 and saw Dhaka Warriors through to an easy six-wicket victory over Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) 20s Challenge match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Monday.

Kapali had struck a brisk 100 off 60 deliveries against Hyderabad Heroes and then produced a swashbuckling 65 off 33 against Royal Bengal Tigers but ended on the losing side on both occasions.

But he looked more determined on Monday, the obvious effort being to get runs quickly and also to stay on till the end. The all-rounder from Sylhet struck four fours and three sixes off 34 balls to guide Dhaka home to their target of 152 in the company of wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh (13).

Kapali played shots all over the ground, was quick to create space on the off side and as agile in pulling anything pitched short. If the 24-year-old showed the superb touch that has seen him stand out in such a diverse field, left-handed opener Shahriar Nafees was sublime in his knock earlier in the innings.

Nafees, 22, scored 57 off 40 balls with nine fours and a six to put the chase on the right track, playing a crucial part in ensuring the Dhaka teamís second win in five matches. Nafees, who has played 15 Tests and 60 one-day Internationals for Bangladesh, showed the class that had made people take notice of him early in his international career.

As for Mumbai, it was yet another insipid display and they are virtually out of reckoning for the semifinals, having lost all their five matches so far.

Dhaka Warriors started the match well but let the initiative slip as Mumbai Champs scored a competitive 151 for six.

The Warriors, who had the opposition on the ropes at 77 for six at one stage, seemed helpless in the face of some resolute batting by Ranjeet Khirid (51) and Johan van der Wath (18) who added 74 for the unbroken seventh wicket stand off just 41 deliveries.

The pair took 22 off the penultimate over from left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique and 18 off the last one sent down by seamer Mohammad Sharif to put the Champs in a fighting position. Khirid batted like a champion, unleashing four fours and as many sixes during his 25-ball cameo to take charge after a dismal show from other batsmen.

Taufeeq Umar scored 28 off 29 but looked frustrated at seeing wickets fall so easily at the other end. He himself was trapped leg-before following a referral off leg-spinner Kapali.

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