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Debutant Al Islam Aliss clinched a debut hattrick to hand Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites a brilliant victory under intense circumstances as they overcame Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Rangpur Riders by just 2 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, agencies report.
Things looked glum for debutant Al Islam Aliss as he dropped Mohammad Mithun twice in the same over. With Rangpur Riders needing 26 off three overs though, he turned the game on its head with a brilliant hattrick — only the second hattrick in the BPL and the first by a debutant in the tournament – during a beautifully bowled 18th over.
The 22-year-old off-spinner revived himself after the earlier dropped catches as he bagged none other than Mohammad Mithun first. The batsman saw his stumps flattened, trying to slog it out of the park. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Rangpur skipper was the second victim, as he went for the slog too and saw his bails being clipped by a flighted delivery. Aliss was truly in wonderland after he picked up Farhad Reza with another well-flighted delivery that feigned to turn but only span minimally to take the edge of the bat and Reza was caught at first slip.
The hattrick down as dusted and then with 14 required off the last over, Aliss came in to bowl again. He was hit hit for two boundaries in the first two balls, but as the story went, he revived himself once more to concede three off the last four deliveries as Dhaka won by a narrow margin of 2 runs. The spinner finished with figures of 4 for 26 his hattrick was only the second hattrick in the tournament after Mohammad Sami had bagged the first in the tournament’s history in its inaugural edition.
He could have easily been remembered for his blunder, dropping two catches in the same over but in dramatic fashion he turned out to be the man of the eleventh hour – one that Dynamites desperately needed.
Batting first, Dhaka posted 183 for the loss of nine wickets, thanks to Kieron Pollard’s fantastic 26-ball 62. Rilee Rossouw though had other ideas and hit an incredible 44-ball 83. It looked like an innings that would be enough to see Mash’s side
attain victory but Aliss turned the game on its head with a wonderful hattrick in the 18th over during his BPL debut.
It was a fantastic match that lit up the BPL after droves of people showed up to fill the stands during the first weekend match of the tournament. The match could have easily turned out to be a bitter experience for debutant Aliss but now it will be talked about for his brilliant performance as Dhaka overcame Rangpur in a tight encounter.
Needing 26 from three overs, Aliss sent back Mithun — the man he had dropped twice in the eighth over and was taking Rangpur to a victory, before taking the scalp of Mashrafe and Farhad Reza to complete his hattrick. He then successfully defended 14 runs in the last over, giving away 11 runs as Dynamites picked up their third victory in the tournament in as many games.
Dynamites sent back the Universe Boss Chris Gayle (8) early on after the exchange, following a fantastic combined fielding effort from Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard at the boundary. However, it was Rilee Rossouw, who took the game on and responded to Pollard’s innings with a 44-ball 83-run knock as he picked up his second 50 of the tournament.
Mithun (49 off 35), dropped on 18 by Aliss, was well on course to hand victory to Mash’s men before Aliss turned things around by first bagging the dangerous Rossouw, out stumped before his hattrick in the 18th over.
Earlier, In the biggest match of the tournament so far, Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites came across Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Rangpur Riders and the crowd were treated to some fantastic power-hitting from West Indies’s Kieron Pollard who smashed a 26-ball 62 with five fours and four sixes.