Hasan Ali returned with a bustling fifer to fire up Comilla Victorians into the top spot of the point table in the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. The Pakistani speed star broke down the fortitude of Dhaka Dynamites’ batting line up claiming a marvelous figure of 5 for 20 runs bowling 3.3 overs as the defending champions were restricted at the score of 128 runs.
In the later part of the show, Comilla Victorains’ another high profile Pakistani recruit Shoaib Malik took the team to submerge the target with an unbeaten half century.
Despite the low winning target, the journey of Comilla Victorians was not easy. Sunil Narine exhibited a wonderful all-round performance. After his 76 run knock, the Caribbean performer claimed 2 important wickets conceding just 17 runs.
Narine brought the first wicket for the Dynamites alluring Victorians’ skipper Tamim Iqbal Khan in front to get stumped by wicket keeper Sangakkara. Tamim scored 18 off 9.
In the midst of Comilla Victorians’ losing regular wickets, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik stood aside for the team, led to the winning runs being unbeaten scoring a 53 ball 54 runs.
Unlike most of the matches earlier in 2017 BPL, Dhaka Dynamites’ skipper decided to bat first after winning the toss. But their innings were wrecked by the devastating bowling of Hasan Ali starting with the wicket of inform of Evin Lewis in the first delivery of the second over followed by the wicket of Mehedi Maruf one ball after that.
The 92 run third wicket partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and opener Sunil Narine gave Dhaka Dynamites the hope of building a competitive total but as soon as Sangakkara fall short of the batting crease against a throw from Mehedi Hasan in which wicket keeper Litton Das flipped off the stumps of Sri Lanka’s living legend, Dynamite’s batting line up once again fall apart.
Bangladesh national team young pace all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin struck twice afterwards claiming two vital wickets that of half centurion Sunil Narine and icon Shakib Al Hasan.
The rest was done by Hasan Ali; the vibrant Pakistani star uprooted three more wickets within no time to spare, finishing the innings of Dhaka Dynamites with 9 ball to spare.
Narine was the highest scorer making 76 runs in 45 deliveries. The West Indian entertained the packed Shere Bangla crowd with 5 shots of sixes along with 7 fours.
Dhaka Dynamites 128 all out (18.3 overs)
Sunil Narine 76, Kumar Sangakkara 28, Evin Lewis 7
Hasan Ali 5/20, Mohammad Saifuddin 2/29, Rashid Khan 1/17
Result: Comilla Victorians won by 4 wickets.
Toss: Dhaka Dynamites