26th Match (N), Dhaka, Jan 22 2019, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 154)146/9
Victorians won by 7 runs
player of the match
Thisara Perera
Comilla Warriors
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• The Report by Peter Della Penna

Thisara Perera's all-round heroics down Dhaka Dynamites

The allrounder scored 26 off 12 and followed it up with three wickets and a 19th over that went for just one run

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Commentator: @debayansen
Scorecard summary
Comilla Victorians153/8(20 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites146/9(20 overs)
end of over 2011 runs • 1 wicket
DP: 146/9CRR: 7.30 
Mohammad Naim14 (15)
Mohor Sheikh0 (0)
Mohammad Saifuddin 4-0-38-1
Thisara Perera 3-0-14-3

10.47pm That's that from Dhaka for the moment. A thrilling win in the end for Comilla Victorians, which brings them back to the joint-top place on the points table, level on 10 points with both Dhaka Dynamites and Chittagong Vikings. BPL continues tomorrow, and hope you will join us on ESPNcricinfo for all the action. This is Debayan Sen signing off for the moment.

ChampIsHere02 : "Perera saved the match with those wickets!" --- You called it!

Imrul: "It's a good game. We could have added another 25 runs to our total. Our bowling has done a brilliant job. Shamsur and Tamim batted well, as did Shahid Afridi. Perera is an unbelievable player. His game plan, attitude everything is amazing."

The man of the match is Thisara Perera!: "Really happy. Firstly I have to thank my teammates for the fielding. This kind of weather, it's really difficult to defend 154. We thought we were 20 runs behind. I think we missed a few catches, but we took good catches too. That's why I have to give credit to the fielding side. It makes it hard in this dew to field and grip the ball. I keep thinking of bowling a hard length and slow bouncers, because of the dew."

Shakib: "I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job of restricting a fine batting side under 160. Anything can happen in cricket. (Middle-order collapse) I thought we didn't start well and we didn't finish well. Very important that top three score runs. Every game, our top order has failed. Today the way we started and finished, we couldn't do that. Eight or nine times, 50 off 36 balls should be gettable."

Wahab Riaz tells Vusi Sibanda: "We knew Russell is one of the great hitters of the ball, and could have taken the game away from us. Thisara bowled really well. The total wasn't as good as we expected (about 175+) but we needed wickets up front, and we did that with the new ball."

Good win in the end for Comilla Victorians. First they negotiated a difficult pitch to post a more-than-healthy 153 on the board. And then they got the bowling combinations perfect right from the start. Had Dhaka reeling at 50 for 4, and then but for a frightening assault by Andre Russell, they always looked in control. The final margin of 7 runs is a bit flattering to how close it was in the end

Saifuddin to Mohammad Naim, FOUR runs

slower ball, and he cuts it past point

That should do it for Comilla

Saifuddin to Mohammad Naim, no run

full, and he slices it away towards Afridi at point

12 runs, two balls. Two sixes. Simple enough, eh?

Saifuddin to Rubel, 2 runs, OUT

full, and he smashes it through covers. They went for the third, and that leads to a run-out! Bizarre! Maybe they wanted Naim back on strike, but why would Rubel set off for that third?

Rubel Hossain run out (Imrul Kayes/†Anamul Haque/Mohammad Saifuddin) 10 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200

AnamBMDF : "DD needs a Frylink finisher!"

Saifuddin to Rubel, FOUR runs

full and he has struck it down the ground. One-bounce four past the man at long off

Diaz: "Aww @Geek, You jinxed Nayeem as well "

Saifuddin to Mohammad Naim, 1 run

full, outside off, and he swings it towards point

Symon Foyez: "Comilla & Dhaka is kind of a derby match. Two cities are 97 km apart, lots of comillians live in Dhaka city." --- It's also the city my own grandfather was born in (or near enough to)

Saifuddin to Mohammad Naim, no run

full ball, and he runs it down towards third man

Kayes has handed the last over to Saifuddin. Big call, with Wahab Riaz still to bowl out...

end of over 191 run
DP: 135/8CRR: 7.10 RRR: 19.00
Mohammad Naim9 (11)
Rubel Hossain4 (3)
Thisara Perera 3-0-14-3
Wahab Riaz 3-0-24-1

19 off the last over now. What a spell from Thisara Perera. Perhaps one of the contenders for player of the match

Perera to Mohammad Naim, 1 run

full toss, and he drives it back down the ground. Picks up a single

Geek: "Don't Write Dhaka off Mohammad Naim plays as a batsman in the team" --- He's also changed his bat. We shall see!

Baundele: "Not many people know, Rubel used to open the batting in his early days, when he used to play "khep-cricket" (hired by small regional teams)."

Perera to Mohammad Naim, no run

full, and driven back towards Perera. He fields it off his own bowling, in fact coming very close to picking up a catch!

Four dots in a row. Can he round it off with a red dot soon?

Perera to Mohammad Naim, no run

short, and he again looks for a hoick across the line, but misses

Perera to Mohammad Naim, no run

fuller, and he looks to tap it down towards third man, but misses

Perera to Mohammad Naim, no run

short, and outside off, and he again has a swing and misses it by about a town! Anamul Haque does well to stop it and get to it quickly!

Perera to Mohammad Naim, no run

length ball, angles across him, and he has an expansive swing and a miss

Perera runs in, and Naim pulls away due to some movement behind the bowler's arm...

Nayeem: "Rubel Hussain's batting average slightly better than Chris Martin.."

20 off 12. Not impossible. A lot of it would depend on how they negotiate the next over, which will be delivered by Perera, I should think

end of over 1811 runs
DP: 134/8CRR: 7.44 RRR: 10.00
Rubel Hossain4 (3)
Mohammad Naim8 (5)
Wahab Riaz 3-0-24-1
Thisara Perera 2-0-13-3
Wahab Riaz to Rubel, 2 runs

length ball, and he clears his front leg and swings it around midwicket. Perera gets to the ball, but slips, and that allows them to go through for a second

Wahab Riaz to Rubel, 2 runs

short, and he swings it away towards midwicket

Mid-pitch conference between the batsmen

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Naim, 1 run

lower ball, straight at the stumps, and Naim taps it towards cover and picks up a single

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Naim, 2 runs

fuller, and he gets it off the toe-end, and the man from backward point dives in, but cannot hold on to it!

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Naim, FOUR runs

length, and he has drop-kicked this towards midwicket. It isn't far from Imrul Kayes, but hit well enough to go around him!

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Naim, no run

length, and he goes back and pushes it towards covers

Wahab Riaz will probably bowl out at one end now

end of over 175 runs • 2 wickets
DP: 123/8CRR: 7.23 RRR: 10.33
Rubel Hossain0 (1)
Mohammad Naim1 (1)
Thisara Perera 2-0-13-3
Shahid Afridi 4-0-18-2

superD: "Dhaka has lost their momentum they should bring back polly in the next match or else another lose will make it difficult for them as well to qualify for playoff"

Perera to Rubel, no run

full, and Rubel does well to dig it out

Perera to Mohammad Naim, 1 run

length ball, angled across him, and he taps it down towards point

Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
TossDhaka Dynamites, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League
Player Of The Match
Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera
Match days22 January 2019 - night (20-over match)
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Mahfuzur Rahman
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Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Gazi Sohel
Match Referee
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Samiur Rahman
PointsComilla Victorians 2, Dhaka Dynamites 0