What initially looked like was going to be a nightmare it turned out to be a fairytale debut for Aliss Islam in the Bangladesh Premier League as he guided Dhaka Dynamites to a two-run win over Rangpur Riders in Mirpur on Friday.
Aliss’ inclusion in Dhaka team was frowned upon after he dropped two catches that nearly took the game out of their hand, but the young off-spinner compensated them in best possible manner by claiming a hat-trick and four wickets, guiding his team to a narrow two-run win in the topsy-turvy battle.
Since Afif Hossain claimed five wickets for Rajshahi Kings against Chittagong Vikings in 2016, no other player could create so much massive impact in his BPL debut like Aliss did in this game.
While Afif was already known in domestic cricket as an Under-19 prospect at the time of his BPL debut but Aliss came as a complete surprise to many who got little knowledge about Bangladesh’s lower-tier domestic cricket.
Aliss, who took his first cricketing lesson in an academy at Abahani ground, played two seasons in Kathalbagan Green Crescent Club in Dhaka’s Second Division League before moving to Old DOHS for the First Division League last year.
The 23-year old claimed 29 wickets in nine matches in his debut season for DOHS, which drew the attention of club’s coaching adviser Khaled Mahmud, who brought him to Dhaka Dynamites nets.
Though Aliss was in the list of bowlers with suspect action in the First Division League, Mahmud gambled with him in BPL match against Rangpur, which brought an immediate result.
Aliss revealed after the match that it was his first ever match at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium, the home of Bangladesh Cricket Board, where he became only third bowler in BPL history to claim a hat-trick after Pakistan’s Mohammad Sami and Bangladesh’s Al-Amin Hossain.
‘I was a net bowler in Dhaka Dynamites team… Sujan Sir [Mahmud] saw me there. After seeing me in the net he believed that I could do well and took me in the team,’ Aliss told reporters after the match.
‘To be frank it was my first match in this ground. I was really nervous. But after dropping two catches my team-mates really supported me well.
‘Everyone gave me courage. It made me believing that if I can bowl in right areas something good might happen. This is why I wanted to bowl in right areas,’ he said.
Despite giving Dhaka a crucial breakthrough by removing merry-going Rilee Rossouw and claiming a hat-trick with the wicket of Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafee bin Murtaza and Farhad Reza there was every chance for Aliss to make a mess in the final over.
Needing 14 runs from the last over, Shafiul Islam dispatched the first two-balls for fours, bringing the equation down to six from last four balls.
But Aliss somehow managed to hold his nerve, giving away just three runs in next four balls to win the game for Dhaka and helped them maintain their unbeaten run.
‘I bowled the first two balls outside the stump, which Shafiul got in his reach. Then I thought bowling straight to stumps. I was confident that I could do it,’ said Aliss.
Dhaka Dynamites innings
Zazai b Sohag 1
SP Narine c Bopara b Mashrafee 8
Rony c Howell b Sohag 18
Sakib c Mithun b Farhad36
Mizanur lbw b Howell 15
KA Pollard c Maruf b Howell62
AD Russell b Shafiul 23
Shuvagata lbw b Shafiul 3
Nurul c Howell b Shafiul 4
Rubel not out1
Extras (b 7, w 5) 12
Total (nine wickets, 20 Overs) 183
Did not bat: Al Islam
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Zazai), 2-19 (SP Narine), 3-33 (Rony), 4-64 (Mizanur), 5-142 (KA Pollard), 6-161 (Sakib), 7-177 (AD Russell), 8-182 (Shuvagata), 9-183 (Nurul)
Mashrafee 4 0 22 1
Sohag 3 0 28 2
Shafiul 4 0 35 3
Howell 4 0 25 2
Farhad 3 0 32 1
Nazmul 2 0 34 0
Rangpur Riders innings
CH Gayle c Pollard b Shuvagata 8
Maruf c Nurul b Russell10
Rossouw st Nurul b Aliss83
Mithun b Aliss49
RS Bopara c Narine b Sakib 3
Howell b Narine 13
Mashrafee b Aliss0
Farhad c Sakib b Aliss0
Sohag c Russell b Narine0
Shafiul not out10
Nazmul not out1
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (nine wickets, 20 Overs) 181
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (CH Gayle), 2-25 (Maruf), 3-146 (RR Rossouw), 4-149 (RS Bopara), 5-161 (Mithun), 6-161 (Mashrafee), 7-161 (Farhad), 8-162 (Sohag), 9-170 ( Howell)
Russell 3 0 26 1
Rubel 3 0 26 0
Shuvagata 2 0 27 1
Sakib 4 0 35 1
SP Narine 4 0 40 2
Aliss 4 0 26 4
Result: Dhaka Dynamites won by 2 runs
Man of the match: Aliss Islam (Dhaka Dynamites)
Toss: Rangpur Riders
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