3rd Match, Dhaka, Jan 6 2019, Bangladesh Premier League
(19.5/20 ov, target 128)130/6
Victorians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Shahid Afridi
Comilla Warriors
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Afridi steers Victorians to opening win; low scores for Smith, Warner

Shahid Afridi's 25-ball 39 not out sealed an opening win for Comilla Victorians off the penultimate ball

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Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Sylhet Sixers127/8(20 overs)
Comilla Victorians130/6(19.5 overs)

4.22pm That's all from Match no. 3. In 30 minutes, we'll have the toss for the game between Khulna and Rangpur. Till then, on behalf of everyone else at ESPNcricinfo, this is Sreshth Shah signing off.

4.11pm We should have the presentation soon, too.

Steven Smith, the winning captain: "We've made it hard for ourselves, but Shahid finished the innings really well. I think 140 was about par, but they bowled well and fielded well. Think the bowlers did really well, exploited the conditions well. Few things to still work on. Tamim is very experienced, and knows these conditions well, and hopefully he gets better and better for us."

Shahid Afridi is the Player of the Match. He says, "good decision from captain to bowl first. The team combo is really good, and winning the first game of the event is always good. I was worried a bit since I didn't play anything after T10, and I'm trying my level best to do well. The main thing is that we have some very good local players. Overseas players are good everywhere. Always good to gel and stay united."

David Warner, the losing captain: "We didn't know what the wicket would do. We had to assess early. Always challenging when you lose some wickets, but we did well to almost defend that. We just told the guys to keep backing themselves and bat the 20 overs. If we get to 120-125, it could be par. We were always in for a fight, and we drew things back a little bit. About the run-out: there's always going to be some miscommunication. It's something we can forget and move on."

4.05pm Comilla Victorians win by four wickets! That man, Shahid Afridi, keeps his cool and hits the winning runs. His 39 was so crucial today, and it's not often these days that we see his batting do better than his bowling. Smith beats Warner today, but boy, this game became interesting. A nice battle between bat and ball, and this is how we like our T20 cricket. Down to the second-last delivery, but Comilla Victorians stay cool in the end.

Shoaib Malik: "Nerves were okay. We have Shahid Afridi, our back hand, and when you're chasing short totals, then you need to hit in the first six overs, because it's tough to hit when the ball gets slow. Pitch wasn't batting-friendly, but that's no excuse. You've played everywhere, so goal was whatever target there was, to play accordingly. Tamim's gameplan was to bat till the end, and as we know, Afridi is a great finisher."

Nirmal: "What a match!! that's why i love low scoring thrillers"

Kapali to Afridi, FOUR runs

full outside leg stump, and the freebie has been swept away to fine leg!

Tense moments

Kapali to Afridi, no run

length ball outside off, and he goes down on one knee to sweep. Inside-edged onto his pads

Kapali to Saifuddin, 1 run

full on middle, and bunted off the backfoot to wide long-on for a single

Kapali to Saifuddin, no run

length ball outside off, and spinning further away. Saifuddin backs away to cut, but misses

Kapali to Afridi, 1 run

full on middle, and whipped away to wide long-on for a single

end of over 198 runs
CW: 124/6CRR: 6.52 RRR: 4.00
Shahid Afridi34 (22)
Mohammad Saifuddin4 (4)
Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-27-2
Taskin Ahmed 4-0-31-0
Al-Amin to Afridi, 1 run

low full toss wide outside off, and he bunts a shot flat-batted to deep point for a walking single

Puneet: "Coming from an Indian...there is just one boom boom in world cricket and he is not replaceable. Love to watch Afridi with bat and bowl."

Al-Amin to Saifuddin, 1 run

full on off stump, and he tries to swing across the line. Mistimed to short fine leg, where Irfan makes another fumble

Al-Amin to Afridi, 1 bye

yorker just outside off stump, and he misses the defensive shot. Ball goes through to the keeper, and he tries to have a shy at the stumps. Misses, and that's overthrows

Al-Amin to Afridi, FOUR runs

length ball on off, and Afridi shapes up to nudge a late cut between keeper and short third man! Useful runs

Al-Amin to Afridi, no run

full and wide outside off, and he goes across the stumps to try and slog sweep. Under-edged to the keeper

Al-Amin to Saifuddin, 1 run

length ball outside off, and tapped off the back foot to point for a quick single

end of over 1815 runs
CW: 116/6CRR: 6.44 RRR: 6.00
Shahid Afridi29 (18)
Mohammad Saifuddin2 (2)
Taskin Ahmed 4-0-31-0
Mohammad Irfan 4-0-19-1

prabesh: "pak young guns is struglling in SA.Some one suggest them to see fearless cricket from their lion BOOM BOOM Afridi."

Taskin to Afridi, 2 runs

back of a length outside off, and he drags this from outside the stumps to deep midwicket

Taskin to Saifuddin, 1 run

back of a length on middle, and he tries to pull towards the leg side. Mistimed to midwicket

Taskin to Afridi, 1 run

length ball, wide outside off, and Afridi taps this late to third man for a walking single

Taskin to Afridi, FOUR runs

full and wide outside off, and Afridi sticks his bat out to slash a late shot over point's head! Victorians need 16 off 15

Taskin to Afridi, SIX runs

full on off, and he tries to heave this over cover. Gets enough behind that shot, and it clears the boundary as well! Classic Afridi.

Taskin to Saifuddin, 1 run

length ball on middle, and he plays a check-pull along the ground to midwicket

Comilla need 27 off 18

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
CW: 101/6CRR: 5.94 RRR: 9.00
Shahid Afridi16 (14)
Mohammad Saifuddin0 (0)
Mohammad Irfan 4-0-19-1
Al-Amin Hossain 3-0-20-2
Irfan to Afridi, no run

length ball outside off, and angling across his body. Tries to cut, but goes through to the keeper instead. Excellent over from Irfan

Irfan to Afridi, FOUR runs

length ball on middle, but Afridi skips across to the leg side, before paddling a delicate shot behind square to the finel-eg boundary

Irfan to Afridi, no run

beautiful ball! Full on middle, and going across Afridi. Tries to defend but can't make contact

Bikash Tiwari: "To @Ajay Ghimire Sandy is Sandy not Kohli you should not compare him with other and underestimate his quality"

Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
TossComilla Victorians, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh Premier League
Player Of The Match
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi
Match days06 January 2019 - day (20-over match)
T20 debut
Towhid Hridoy
Towhid Hridoy
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Masudur Rahman
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Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Mahfuzur Rahman
Match Referee
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Raqibul Hasan
PointsComilla Victorians 2, Sylhet Sixers 0