Comilla in dream finals
It was great scenes in Mirpur when young sensation Abu Hider ripped through Arafat Sunny’s defenses to set up a 72-run win. The players were making skilful dance moves, and even the coaching staff were joining them. It meant so much to everyone involved in the set-up. From a Rangpur fan’s point of view, it was heartbreaking. From a neutral point of view, it was magnificent.
Comilla were put into bat, and the pitch wasn’t easy to bat on at all. Liton Das and Imrul Kayes was a bit lucky, but they managed to stitch together a brilliant opening stand of 79. Liton was very edgy and nervy, missing most of the deliveries. But Kayes was sublime, timing the deliveries brilliantly. He was the more aggressive partner, bringing up his fifty off 33 balls.
Once he got out, wickets started to fall at the other end, hindering the momentum. But a brilliantly paced 40 off just 15 balls made Comilla put up a challenging total of 163. Thisara Perera mixed up the slowers with some quicker ones and bagged a 5-wicket haul.
In reply, only Simmons showed some fight with 25, rest of the batting just collapsed under pressure. Some great catching by Shuvagoto Hom, some poor shot selection by the Riders batsmen played a part in the collapse. But the main factor which resulted in the Riders being bundled out for a paltry total of 91 is the magnificent bowling of Abu Hider and Ashar Zaidi. Both of them picked up 4 wickets apiece.
Comilla Captain Mashrafe Mortaza bowled 4 overs of medium pace despite his injury and conceded just 13 runs for 1 wicket. It was such a day for the so-called Test team of BPL; almost everything they touched turned into gold today.