DHAKA: Comilla Victorians won the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) trophy for the third time, thanks to Sunil Narine whose all-round performance helped Comilla Victorians win the final by one run against Fortune Barishal at Sher-e-Bangla National
Narine blasted a 23 ball-57, before claiming two wickets for
15 runs from four overs, but most importantly he conceded only two runs in the 18th over that tilted the game towards Comilla.
Imrul Kayes went on to become the second captain after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to win more than one BPL trophy.
Fortune Barishal needed 16 runs in the last two overs, which was at
their reach but a brilliant spell from Mustafizur Rahman who bowled the penultimate over, and Shohidul Islam denied Shakib Al Hasan-led side the title.
Mustafizur conceded six runs in his over, giving Shohidul 10 runs
to defend in the last over, but the pair of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Towhid Hridoy could score just 8 runs. Barishal eventually was restricted to 150-8, in reply to Comilla’s 151-9.
Shakib Al Hasan (captain of Fortune Barisal), gave the side first breakthrough, rattling the stump of Liton Das for four with an arm ball, but Narine’s relentless assault meant the scoreboard was rotated rapidly.
Mujeeb Ur Rehman, in his second spell, took the wicket of Faf du
Plessis for four, and in doing so gave Comilla a massive setback as they looked destined for a huge total.
Dwayne Bravo got rid of Comilla captain Imrul Kayes for 12, after
which Mujeeb struck again to dismiss Ariful Haque for a duck to cause further damage, leaving Comilla six down for 95 runs in the 11th over. After losing Narine’s wicket in the sixth over, Comilla could score only 26 runs for four wickets in the next five overs.
Moeen Ali and Abu Haider Rony then resisted and put on a 54-run partnership for the seventh wicket to propel the side past 150. Moeen hit two fours and one six for his 32 ball-38 before being run out in the last over, while Rony made 19.
Comilla might have scored some more runs but they lost three
wickets in the last over, bowled by Shafiqul Islam who restricted Comilla to 151.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Shafiqul Islam took two wickets apiece while
Bravo, Shakib and Rana claimed one wicket each.
Fortune Barishal though lost Munim Shahriar for six ball-duck in
the second over, they dominated the game, through Shykat Ali, who
replaced Ziaur Rahman in the side.
Shykat kept Chris Gayle just a mere spectator to launch a
spectacular attack on Comilla bowlers to give Barishal hope to
clinch the title for the first time.
Left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam dismissed Shykat after he hammered 58 off 34 with 11 fours and one six. Gayle who was on 8 off 13 by the
the time when Shykat was dismissed, came out from the shell and struck two sixes and one four in quick succession to bring up the Gayle of his old.
Then Sunil Narine stepped up and got the big scalp of Gayle who
made 33 runs off 31 balls with one four and two sixes. But Tanvir brought Comilla back in contention, with the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who made just 7 runs. Still, Barishal was in dominating position. After Shakib’s dismissal, Comilla bowlers struck regularly to put Barisal Fortune under pressure. Apart from Narine’s two-wicket-haul, Tanvir also got two, while Mustafizur and Shohidul picked up one wicket apiece.