Young Bangladeshi off-spinner Aliss Islam became first cricketer in Bangladesh Premier League history to claim a hat-trick on debut as Dhaka Dynamites defeated Rangpur Riders by two runs in a seesaw battle at Mirpur on Friday.
Chasing a target of 184 runs, Rangpur seemed to be cursing thanks to a marauding innings of Rilee Rossouw, who made 83 off 44 balls, before Dhaka bowlers, led by unheralded Aliss, completed the turnaround.
Aliss dragged Rossouw out of his crease for stumping in his second over to end his 121-run third wicket partnership with Mohammad Mithun before he dismissed Mithun (49), Mashrafee bin Murtaza ( 0) and Farhad Reza (0) in his third over to complete his hat-trick.
The victory of Dhaka, however, was not assured until Aliss kept his cool in the final over of the innings to concede just 11-run and finish with 4-26, restricting Rangpur to 181-9 in 20 overs
Rangpur needed 14 runs in the final over with one wicket in hand and Shafiul Islam hit Aliss two fours in the first two balls, brining the equation down to six runs in four balls.
Shafiul and Nazmul Islam could score just two runs from next three balls, leaving the side needing a boundary in the final ball.
But Shafiul, who attempted for a sweep shot, could not clear the fine-leg boundary, meaning Rangpur had to remain content with just one run as Dhaka celebrated their third victory in as many matches.
‘It was my first match in BPL. Actually this is my first game in any stadium so I was a bit nervous,’ Aliss told reporters after the match.
The match will go down in BPL history as one of its finest given that both team had offered plenty of actions before a packed holiday crowd, who finally gave the tournament a sense of fulfillment.
Kieron Pollard powered Dhaka to its third 180-plus total in the ongoing tournament with 62 off 26 balls, which included five fours and four sixes with Sakib al Hasan ( 36 off 37 balls) and Andre Russell (23 off 13 balls ) chipped in with useful knocks.
Shafiul claimed three wickets in the final over, including that of Russell, who hit three sixes in his brief cameo, preventing the batsman from inflicting more damage to finish with 3-35.
In reply, Chris Gayle began to open up smashing Shuvagata Hom a six in the first ball of action-filled second over of the innings.
Gayle had been given out leg before in the next ball only for hawk-eye to show that the ball was missing the leg-stump, which forced the umpire to reverse his decision.
Gayle attempted for another six off the next ball but Russell jumped acrobatically in long on boundary to keep the ball in play and Pollard completed one of the best catches in BPL history, dismissing the batsman for eight.
Rossouw then took the control of the game and with some help from Mithun put Rangpur in complete charge.
Aliss had his share of blame for allowing Rangpur to dominate by dropping two catches but compensated for his drops in a fairytale manner.
‘He [Aliss] bowled really well. He has got good variations. It’s good for him he won for his team by bowling well in crucial times,’ Rangpur skipper Mashrafee said after the match.
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