39th Match, Dhaka, Feb 1 2019, Bangladesh Premier League
(20 ov, target 128)126/9
Victorians won by 1 run
player of the match
Mohammad Saifuddin
Comilla Warriors
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Mohammad Saifuddin holds his nerve as Comilla Victorians edge home in close finish

Dhaka Dynamites fall short by one run to go down for the sixth time in 11 matches this season

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Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Comilla Victorians127/10(20 overs)
Dhaka Dynamites126/9(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 1 wicket
DP: 126/9CRR: 6.30 
Andre Russell30 (23)
Shahadat Hossain1 (1)
Mohammad Saifuddin 4-1-22-4
Wahab Riaz 4-0-22-1

Wahab: That [no-ball] was a crucial moment. Unfortunately, I can't stop bowling no-balls. That pissed me off. Saifuddin is a great bowler and is doing very well for the team. It's not easy whenever a player like Russell is batting at the other end. We got wickets every two overs and that helped.

Shakib: Very disappointing the way we lost the game. It shouldn't have even come to the last over. From now on, every game will be a knockout match for us. Having said that, we still have a chance. Everyone bowled well and we fielded well as well.

Mohammad Saifuddin is the Player of the Match

Kayes: It was a phenomenal game today and I couldn't believe we won the match. Saifuddin, Afridi everyone did well. Tamim has been starting well, but we did not capitalise. Every match Tamim can't start like this, we need to work in that department.

Scenes in Dhaka. Saifuddin celebrates with a somersault. He wins it for Comilla and hands Dhaka their fifth successive defeat with figures of 4 for 22, including 16 dots. He hit a hard length with the new ball and then nailed the yorkers in the end to deny Russell. Dhaka are still in the running for a spot in the playoffs, though.

That's all we have for you from this game. Thanks for reading. Goodbye for now.

Saifuddin to Russell, FOUR runs

Russell can only manage a four and Comilla sneak home by one run What a ball from Saifuddin. He executes the inch-perfect yorker on leg stump, does so under pressure, floors Russell. He gets an inside edge that sneaks through his legs and past the stumps for four

It boils down to six needed off the last ball

Saifuddin to Russell, SIX runs

full and wide outside off, Russell reaches out for the ball and thumps it up and over extra-cover for six. Muscled away by Russell

Can Russell hit 2 sixes?

Saifuddin to Russell, no run

back of a length on leg, cramps the batsman for room, Russell swings and misses

Saifuddin to Russell, no run

full and wide outside off, Russell reaches out and scythes it to cover

Saifuddin to Shahadat, 1 run

Dhaka need 13 runs off five balls with just one wicket in hand. No.11 Shahadat Hossain. He will be on strike, and Russell with only be watching from the other end

Saifuddin to Rubel, OUT

back of a length and skids back in at off, Rubel is late onto the ball and is pinned on the front pad below the knee-roll. This is pretty adjacent and Rubel walks back for a duck. More drama in Dhaka

Rubel Hossain lbw b Mohammad Saifuddin 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Dhaka need 13 off the last over. Can Rubel turn the strike over off the first ball? Saifuddin is back on the field and will bowl it

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
DP: 116/8CRR: 6.10 RRR: 12.00
Andre Russell21 (19)
Rubel Hossain0 (0)
Wahab Riaz 4-0-22-1
Shahid Afridi 4-1-27-1
Wahab Riaz to Russell, FOUR runs

banged in short and just a shade outside leg, Russell smartly rides the bounce and fends it away fine of short fine leg and gets four. Timely boundary for Dhaka Dynamites

Rubel walks out to bat. Wahab, Tamim and Thisara have a chat

Amzad : "I guess currently no other player as like as Russell can change the game within couple of delivery. Going to be easy win for Dhaka if Russell survive another4/5 ball. "

Wahab Riaz to Shuvagata Hom, OUT

short of a length and slanting away outside off, Hom aims to muscle it over the leg side. Instead, he can only skew it to deep third man, where the catch is clean. They aren't checking for the no-ball this time

Shuvagata Hom c Mosharraf Hossain b Wahab Riaz 4 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14
Wahab Riaz to Shuvagata Hom, no run

Wahab hits a hard length outside off. Hom does not move his feet. Instead, swings hopelessly and misses

Wahab Riaz to Shuvagata Hom, no run

Wahab executes the wide yorker, Hom can't reach out and slice it away. Beaten

Wahab Riaz to Shuvagata Hom, 2 runs

slower short ball outside off, slogs and skies it to deep midwicket, where the fielder shells it

Wahab Riaz to Russell, (no ball) 1 run

Is that the game? Russell holes out to deep third man. He slumps to his knees. Drama in Dhaka. Replays indicate that Wahab has overstepped. What have you done, Wahab? Lifter following Russell who was backing away outside leg. He is tucked up for room. He isn't sure whether to duck or hook. He's smashed the duck-hook in the BBL. He only splices it down to deep third man here. But Wahab's front foot has strayed

Wahab Riaz to Russell, no run

back of a length and bounces over the leg stump as Russell backs away, swings for the hills, and misses

end of over 1817 runs
DP: 108/7CRR: 6.00 RRR: 10.00
Andre Russell16 (16)
Shuvagata Hom2 (3)
Shahid Afridi 4-1-27-1
Mohammad Saifuddin 3-1-11-3

Kapil Baldawa: "Seriously poor from two seasoned campaigners. Can't make out how Dhaka messed it up. 38 off 39 with 5 wickets including Russell and Pollard, you can't mess it up surely" --- Russell is still there and can turn it around for Dhaka

Afridi to Russell, 1 run

full-toss on middle, stabbed straight down the ground past the right of the bowler. 17 runs off the over

Saifuddin grimaces, and needs attention from the physio. Saifuddin has left the field

Afridi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run

shorter and outside off, flayed away powerfully to extra-cover. The force of the shot ensures the ball bursts through the hands of Saifuddin

Afridi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 wide

wide-of-the-crease delivery, off-side wide from Afridi

Afridi to Russell, 1 run

flighted and full outside off, Russell stays leg-side of the ball and drives the ball away to sweeper cover

Afridi to Russell, SIX runs

dragged down on middle, Russell camps back and smokes it over the midwicket boundary now. Rasping pull

Afridi to Russell, SIX runs

wide of the crease, really full on off stump, Russell winds up, gets underneath the length and smites it over long-on. That's a maaaaaasive six. Vintage Russell

Afridi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run

back of a length and skids into leg stump, stands tall and punches it away to deep midwicket

Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
TossDhaka Dynamites, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Saifuddin
Mohammad Saifuddin
Match days01 February 2019 - day (20-over match)
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Alex Wharf
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Masudur Rahman
TV Umpire
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Ranmore Martinesz
Reserve Umpire
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Match Referee
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Neeyamur Rashid
PointsComilla Victorians 2, Dhaka Dynamites 0