Comilla Victorians emerged victorious in the finals of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019 on Friday after beating Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs. Led by Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes, Victorians posted a challenging 199/3. Tamim Iqbal was the architect in chief with a blazing 141 of just 61 balls.
Chasing 200, the Dynamites lost Sunil Narine early but from thereon Rony Talukdar and Upul Tharanga continued the chase. However, losing wickets at regular intervals proved to be the downfall for Dynamites as they were restricted to 182/9 in 20 overs. Tamim Iqbal was adjudged as the man of the match for his brilliant hundred.
BPL 2019 Final, Comilla Victorians vs Dhaka Dynamites: Highlights
Comilla Victorians win by 17 runs
That's it! All Over- Comilla Victorians have won the BPL 2019 Final by 17 runs. Dhaka are restricted to 182/9. Victorians lift the cup for the second time. Tamim Iqbal's 141 of just 61 balls made the difference.
Wahab Riaz picks up his thrid wicket as Nurul Hasan knick the ball towards the keeper.
Dhaka Dynamites require 33 in 12 deliveries
Mahmudul Hasan smashes back to back sixes as Dhaka Dynamites now require 33 in 12 deliveries.
Seventh wicket falls for Dhaka Dynamites as Shuvagata Hom departs for a duck.
Tidy over by Wahab Riaz
Tight over by Wahab as only one run comes of it. Good line and length. DD: 142/6 (16 overs), Dhaka Dynamites need 58 runs in 24 balls
What a comeback by Victorians as Wahab Riaz sends Pollard back to pavilion on 13 off 15 balls.
Perera strikes as Andre Russel departs after scoring 4. Victorians have crawled their way back into the contest by picking up 3 wickets in the last four overs.
That's wicket number 4 and the danger man Rony Talukdar departs after scoring 66 in 38 deliveries.
Wahab Riaz is once again brought into the attack and he strikes in his first delivery. A back of a length delivery and Shakib goes for a big hit but mistimes his shot. The ball skews up in the air and Tamim Iqbal takes a great running catch to send the skipper back to the pavilion on 3.
Some relief for Comilla Victorians as Thisara Perera breaks the 102-run stand between Tharanga and Talukdar. The Sri Lankan cricketer, who was connecting the ball properly, went for another big hit towards long-on. However, this time he fails to connect and the ball goes straight to substitute fielder Abu Hider, who makes no mistake. The batsman departs after scoring 48 off 27 deliveries. DD: 102/2 (9 overs)
End of powerplay
Dhaka Dynamites make great use of the field restrictions as Upul Tharanga and Rony Talukdar score 71 runs at the end of six overs
50 up for Dhaka
Tharanga smashes Wahab Riaz's pitched up delivery on the leg side for a six over deep square leg. With this maximum, Dhaka bring up their fifty in just 4.2 overs.
A clean hit by Rony Talukdar as he smashes Saifuddin for a six over the long off boundary. After losing Narine in the first over, Talukdar along with Tharanga help Dhaka reach 29/1 at the end of 3 overs.
Narine run out for duck
Just the start Victorians would have hoped for. The openers try to steal a quick single but Narine fails to complete his ground as he departs for duck without even facing a single delivery. DD: 0/1 (0.2 overs)
Upul Tharanga and Sunil Narine are out in the middle to start the chase. Mohammad Saifuddin will bowl the first over for Victorians
COV: 199/3 (20 overs)
Tamim Iqbal's century helps Comilla Victorians reach 199 in the 20 overs. Tamim was unbeaten on 141 off 61 balls, while his partner Imrul Kayes scored 17 in 21 deliveries.
Tamim Iqbal deals in sixes
Tamim Iqbal is dealing in sixes as he hits the ball over long-on for another six. He has already hit 10 sixes in the innings. COV: 189/3 (19 overs)
Tamil Iqbal completes ton
No one can stop Tamim Iqbal today as the batsman smashes Andre Russell for a boundary to bring up his century. It seems that the Bangladesh batsman had saved his best for the judgement day.
Tamim Iqbal is on fire
Tamim Iqbal is on fire as he smashes two fours and two sixes in the five deliveries he faced in Rubel Hossain's over. Excellent over for the Victorians as 23 runs come from it. COV: 137/3 (15 overs)
A miscommunication between Tamim and Shamsur Rahman has cost the latter his wicket. It was Tamim's call and before he turned it down it was too late for Shamsur, who was well outside his ground. Shakib produced a brilliant piece of fielding as he runs and fires and under-arm throw at the striking end. The batsman is dismissed on duck.
After getting hit for a six in the over, Shakib decides to bowl a quicker delivery. Anamul was slow to react and the ball goes and hits his pads. No second thoughts in the umpire's mind as he raises his finger. Anamul departs after scoring 24 off 30 deliveries as Shakib finally break the 89-run stand between the duo. COV: 98/2 (12 over)
Tamim and Anamul add 67 runs in 52 deliveries for the second wicket as Victorians reach 73/1 at the end of 10 overs.
Lucky escape for Tamim
Tamim comes down the track to play a big shot but gets the toe-end of the bat. The ball goes towards long-on and Andre Russell takes a beautiful catch. However, the all-rounder isn't sure as on-field officials take the help of TV umpire. Replay shows that the ball bounced just before Russel collected it. NOT OUT is the message on the huge TV screen as Victorians fans present at the stadium rejoice.
That should have been taken! Anamul survives as Rubel drops a sitter at backward point. Meanwhile, the batsman completes two runs.
Expensive over by Shakib
The final over of powerplay and Shakib is smashed all around the park. The skipper gave away 15 runs as Victorians reach 40/1 at the end of 6 overs.
COV: 25/1 (5 overs)
After losing Lewis early in the second over, Anamul and Tamim guide Victorians to 25/1 at the end of five overs. Dynamites will certainly be happy with how the things have so far turned out for them.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack but gets smashed for a boundary in his first delivery. Slightly flighted delivery and Anamul goes to backfoot and whacks it in the gap between backward point and short third man. COV: 15/1 (3.1 overs)
After getting smashed for a boundary, Rubel Hossain picks up a wicket in the very next delivery. Comilla Victorians lose their first wicket as Evin Lewis departs after scoring 6 off 7 balls. Anamul Haque is the new batsman out in the middle. COV: 9/1 (1.5 overs)
Tidy start by Andre Russell
A tidy first over by Andre Russell as only 3 runs come from it.
HERE WE GO!
Tamim Iqbal and Evin Lewis are out in the middle to start the Victorians innings. Andre Russell will start the proceedings for Dhaka.
Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes(c), Anamul Haque(w), Shamsur Rahman, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Saifuddin, Wahab Riaz, Mahedi Hasan, Sanjit Saha
Playing XI: Upul Tharanga, Sunil Narine, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahmudul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Rubel Hossain, Qazi Onik
Dhaka Dynamites have won the toss and have opted to field first. STAT: The last five games at this ground have been won by the sides batting second.
Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to our live blog of the finals of the Bangladesh Premier League 2019. After 45 games, we have finally narrowed down to the two teams - Dhaka Dynamites vs Comilla Victorians. Victorians will surely be missing the services of Steve Smith but tonights the night for Tamim Iqbal to step up and finally win a BPL title. Stay tuned for live updates.