BPL 2015-16 December 16, 2015

Afridi's sweep, Akmal's chopper, Dilshan's trip

ESPNcricinfo presents the good, the bad and the ugly from the 2015-16 Bangladesh Premier League

Al-Amin Hossain bowled Mushfiqur Rahim out with an inswinger to complete the tournament's first hat-trick © Raton Gomes/BCB

The delivery

In a tournament dominated by bowlers, there were plenty of deliveries that generated interest and discussion. Despite stiff competition from Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami and Ashar Zaidi, it was Al-Amin Hossain's hat-trick delivery to Mushfiqur Rahim - a sharp in-swinger that broke the top of the middle-stump - which stood out. Al-Amin generated enough pace and it was a pressure delivery given the match situation, as Barisal Bulls had to take control in the low-scoring game.

The shot

Despite the challenging batting conditions in Mirpur, there were some great shots played during the BPL. Alok Kapali's two fours in the last over of the final will be long remembered, but the calmness with which Shahid Afridi swept Dhaka Dynamites' Farhad Reza over fine-leg for six, clinches him the tournament's best shot.

The catch

In the dying stages of the second qualifier, Barisal's Sabbir Rahman swung over long-on, but the ball was intercepted by Darren Sammy, who had to track back till he was inches away from the boundary rope. After catching the ball, he had to balance himself on one leg for at least three seconds before he could get full control of his body. The flexibility was remarkable, especially after he had dropped a simpler catch earlier in the over.

The dropped catch

Among the tournament's bloopers, none looked as bad as Chittagong Vikings' Asif Ahmed dropping Sammy in the last over of Rangpur's thrilling chase in the tournament opener. With eight needed off the last four balls, Sammy squeezed one towards sweeper cover but Asif, generally a safe fielder, dropped the chance and the batsman struck a four next ball. Rangpur went on to win the game off the last ball.

The stunt

Chittagong Vikings' campaign was lagging behind so much, they decided to fly in Umar Akmal immediately after Pakistan's T20 loss to England in Sharjah on December 1. Akmal arrived in Dhaka from Dubai, and he was brought to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury in Chittagong on a white helicopter. He made just one run, and Chittagong went on to lose by nine wickets.

The controversies

The BPL's third edition ended with fewer controversies than in 2012 and 2013, but there were still some incidents that had no place in a cricket field. Sylhet tried to field two players who were not in the team sheet at the toss, leading to the tournament opener being delayed by more than an hour.

Shakib Al Hasan abused an umpire for a not-out decision and was banned for a match. But the ugliest image of the tournament was that of Tillakaratne Dilshan tripping Imrul Kayes deliberately as the Comilla batsman tried to set off for a run. Dilshan had initially tried to tackle Imrul, but when that did not work, he pushed out his leg to trip Kayes. Surprisingly, the BPL's technical committee did not charge Dilshan.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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