Comilla Victorians beat Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and won the BPL-19. Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal made a storm on Mirpur and brought the man of the final title.
Comilla Victorians Inning
Losing the toss, Comilla Victorians had to bat first. But lost their opener Evin Lewis at 9 runs on the scoreboard. Tamim Iqbal was awaited for the big match and 89 runs with wicketkeeper Anamul Haque before scoring 24 runs off 30 balls Anamul Haque trapped in lbw on Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery.
Then Shamsur Rahman made a duck. But that was the last success of the Dhaka Dynamites bowlers. Despite Imrul Kayes scored 17 runs from 21 balls, Tamim Iqbal made the 6th century of BPL-19 and first century for any Bangladeshi Batsman on this season. His 141 runs inning came from 61 balls only with 10 fours and 11 sixes and Comilla Victorians got a defendable score of 199 runs.
Dhaka Dynamites Inning
To the target of 200 runs, Dhaka Dynamites lost their opener Sunil Narine for nothing on the second ball of their inning. Then 102 runs partnership came from another opener Upul Tharanga and Roni Talukdar before Thisara Perera picked, Upul Tharanga scoring 48 runs from only 27 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Roni Talukdar fought well and scored 66 runs from 38 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes before trapped in run-out. But Dhaka Dynamites’ high profile player disappointed the team. The rest batsmen couldn’t survive for 20 runs each. After 20 overs Dhaka Dynamites ends in 182 runs. That gave birth to the headline Comilla Victorians beats Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and won the BPL-19
Wahab Riaz got 3 wickets for Comilla Victorians. Each Mohammad Saifuddin and Thisara Perera got a couple of wickets. Unfortunately, the rest was in run-out.
Man of the match
Tamim Iqbal, “Throughout the tournament I had started but I failed to convert them. So, I guess, I saved my best for the last. We planned the innings really well. They had 2 world class bowlers in the form of Narine and Shakib and we didn’t take chances against them.”
“It was a terrific wicket and at one point even 200 was looking less but I always knew we will be back in the match once we take a couple of wickets. The wickets of Pollard and Russell were really important. I am flying tomorrow to New Zealand, hopefully, I will do well their also.”
Man of the Tournament
Shakib Al Hasan, “It was a very good game of cricket. 199 was always going to be difficult but we got off to a great start. We lost the momentum after 11th over and kept losing wickets. Next couple of months will be really important for our cricket. Tamim played really well. We can take a lot of positives out of this tournament. We are grateful to our supporters, hopefully, they will keep supporting them.”
Imrul Kayes, “Tamim is a great player and he showed his character today. Everyone will remember today’s knock. At one point I was worried as we didn’t bowl well in the powerplay. But we came back strongly in the middle overs. Riaz and Perera were brilliant for us in that phase.”
Finally, Comilla Victorians beat Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and won the BPL-19. As you can say the best season of the BPL shut down by this match. Hope the boys will utilize the experience to the New Zealand tour.