Rangpur Riders v Chittagong Vikings, BPL, Mirpur November 22, 2015

Thought Amir had won game - Misbah

Mohammad Amir finished with a career-best 4 for 30 © BCB

Cliched T20 speak tells you that one ball can turn a match on its head, but Mohammad Amir's deadly yorker to remove Misbah-ul-Haq only gave the opening BPL fixture a better finish. That delivery in the 19th over was the exclamation point of a game that swung both ways, mainly due to these former Pakistan team-mates.

Misbah ended up with the biggest impact through a 39-ball 61 that was both patient and attacking. The innings reconstructed Rangpur's chase of 188 after they had fallen to 23 for 4 in the fifth over. Misbah added 64 for the fifth wicket with Al-Amin, then a fast-paced 80 with Thisara Perera but when Amir removed both off consecutive deliveries, even Misbah thought it was over.

"I think he won in that moment," Misbah said. "He bowled a really good yorker, I was set and I missed that. This is what people are here to watch. Amir bowled well with the new ball. He had good pace and variations. In the 19th over he would have won the game for his team. Good to see him bowling like [he did today]."

Amir started off with a maiden before taking the first two wickets - Lendl Simmons caught at mid-off and Soumya Sarkar dubiously given out leg-before - off consecutive deliveries in his second over. He was hard to get away, especially when he kept zooming in the full ball.

Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim Iqbal, who felt that his team were 10-20 runs short and suffered through Asif Ahmed's two dropped catches, was delighted to see Amir bowl with such verve.

"He bowled brilliantly," Tamim said. "I was looking forward to seeing him bowl. I am sure he will get better and better each day. He was playing a game like this after a long time. I think he was a bit nervous but it will get better for him. He has been taking wickets back in Pakistan. He was playing T20s after a long time."

Misbah said that he always knew that, with Thisara and Sammy waiting in the wings, Rangpur had a chance despite falling behind halfway through their chase.

"We just wanted to play 20 overs, and that's what I was telling Al-Amin," Misbah said. "He was playing well at that time. We had Thisara and Sammy in the end, so we knew what capabilities they have when it comes to hitting the ball.

"Even if we needed 80 runs in five overs, we were confident. Here 15 runs an over is chaseable when you have set batsmen. Once you have that big over, you have to keep in mind which bowler has how many overs left. If we can plan that, we can win games."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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