341dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Afridi stars as Dhaka waltz into the BPL final

Dhaka Dynamites, banking on pure power hitting and a sensational trio of spin bowlers, reached the 2017 BPL final with a 95-run win over Comilla Victorians in the first qualifier in Mirpur

Match Centre

Commentator: Sreshth Shah

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18 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | CV: 96/10 (96 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.33, RRR: 48.00)

  • Mahedi Hasan15 (15b)
  • Shahid Afridi4-1-16-3
  • SP Narine3-1-9-1

10.23 pm The presentation is also set to begin. First up, the losing captain Tamim Iqbal of Comilla. He says: "Credit goes to Dhaka, the way they batted. They kept on attacking and we didn't bowl well. A bad game, but I am not disappointed at all. Can't blame any bowlers or batsmen, because it's an off-loss. Our job is to try and find out what mistakes we did, and improve against Rangpur. One bad game doesn't make us a bad team. No one clicked today, but that's okay. I'm not one to blame my players. Will be interesting the way Chris Gayle batted today, but we're ready."

The wining captain Shakib Al Hasan of Dhaka. Says: "Played really well today. It's the best game we have played all season. Did well in all departments, we kept pressure on them and built partnerships. Bowlers chipped in and everyone played their part. That's the team we know. Our team has a lot of talent but everyone today was up for this game. They beat us twice in the league, so we wanted to win. Glad people put their hands up today. I've been bowling well at this moment and hope to do it in one more game."

Shahid Afridi is the Man of the Match. He says: "First, I want to congratulate our Dynamites fans, chairman and the board members. The thing is, Comilla are very good and one has to be good in all three departments to win... and today we were. I'm ready to bat in any position, with whatever the team demands. Shakib is good at rotating. When I was batting, I told my partner that anything above 160 would be a good score. As a team, we've played very well this season. Winning or losing is different, but reaching the final is commendable on our part.

10.18 pm Handshakes from both teams. Smiles still all around since Comilla aren't eliminated. First time the franchise has been all out for less than 100. First it was the Dhaka batsmen who combined to lift their team to a very competitive 191 after which it was death by spin for Comilla. Mosaddek, Afridi and Narine were excellent and together they ensured Dhaka find a spot in the final. A real all-round performance from the home side. One woud've thought that Comilla would make a match out of this game, but today nothing went right for them with the bat. They have another chance to redeem themselves: the second qualifier against Rangpur Riders await them.

17.6
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Shahid Afridi to Al-Amin Hossain, OUT, Caught by short third man! Tossed up outside off stump and driven away from his body. Thick outside edge and caught by Lewis. Comilla are all out for 96 and Dhaka Dynamites are into the finals of BPL 2017.

Al-Amin Hossain c Lewis b Shahid Afridi 0 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

17.5
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Shahid Afridi to Al-Amin Hossain, no run, wild slog! But misses. Full on off stump and turns away from the right hander as he tries to send this out of Dhaka
17.4
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Shahid Afridi to Al-Amin Hossain, no run, full on middle, turned off his toes to midwicket. The fielder's placed there for that shot
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Shahid Afridi to Mahedi Hasan, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven towards deep extra cover
17.2
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Shahid Afridi to Mahedi Hasan, no run, outside edge, and dropped by first slip! Tossed up outside off and driven with the turn. Flies off the outside edge but off the slip-fielder's fingertips
17.1
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Shahid Afridi to Mahedi Hasan, no run, full on middle stump, goes deep into the crease, and defends off the back foot

Victorians 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1Tamim IqbalLiton Das
2nd7Tamim IqbalJC Buttler
3rd21Tamim IqbalImrul Kayes
4th26MN SamuelsTamim Iqbal
5th0Shoaib MalikTamim Iqbal
6th0Shoaib MalikDJ Bravo
7th5Shoaib MalikMohammad Saifuddin
8th11Shoaib MalikHasan Ali
9th24Hasan AliMahedi Hasan
10th1Al-Amin HossainMahedi Hasan

Bangladesh Premier League

TEAMMWLPTNRR
CV1293180.578
DD1274151.631
KT1274150.075
RR126612-0.267
SS12479-0.429
RK12488-1.098
CHV12387-0.473