In the BPL battle between Bangladesh ODI Captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s Rangpur Riders and Test and T20I Captain Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites, it was debutant Aliss Islam who made a debut hat trick to help Dhaka defend their 183-9 in a tight match on Friday.
In the nailbiting top-of-the-table clash, Aliss’ strikes proved integral, ushering a late meltdown that saw Rangpur go from 146 for 2 in the 16th over to 181 for 9 to lose by two runs.
And with Dhaka’s brilliant victory under intense circumstances, BPL was truly lit up at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Batting first, Dhaka posted a huge score on the board with Kieron Pollard’s scintillating batting display to score 62 from only 26 balls while captain Shakib made 36 off 37.
Rangpur’s Rilee Rossouw kept his team well on the track until he fell at 83 off just 44. His innings seemed to be enough to see Mash’s side attain victory but Aliss turned the game on its head with a wonderful hat-trick in the 18th over.
In the 18th over Rangpur needing 26 from 3 overs, Aliss first sent back Mithun who was taking Rangpur to the target, before taking off Mashrafe and Farhad Reza to complete his hat-trick. He then successfully defended 14 runs in the last over, giving away 11 runs as Dynamites picked up their third victory in the tournament.
Like Rangpur, Dhaka had lost their openers early when they batted, when Kieron Pollard produced a boundary-heavy onslaught to lift them from 64 for 4. With Shakib Al Hasan holding up his end, Pollard dominated a fifth-wicket partnership of 78 with his captain, shellacking 62 off 26 balls. Pollard’s muscle paved the way for Andre Russell to show some of his muscle as Dhaka slapped 58 runs in the last six overs.
Dhaka had a mixed day on the field. They broke through when Russell pulled off a screamer , sprinting to his left from long-off, leaping back full-stretch and snaffling it overhead before letting it go for the back-up, Pollard, to complete the catch. Capping off the effort was the fact that it rid Dhaka of the dangerous Chris Gayle. Thereafter, they shelled four catches, three of them simple ones, before Aliss bailed them out at the very end.
However, at the first weekend, BPL saw a huge turnout in the stadium as several thousand spectators thronged the ‘Home of Bangladesh Cricket’ on the Friday evening and they were fully treated to enjoyment with some power hitting of batsmen, fine fielding and of course marvelous bowling display.