In front of the largest crowd of the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League so far, Dhaka Dynamites' little-known off-spinner Aliss Al Islam took a hattrick on debut to halt Rangpur Riders' seemingly inexorable march in chase of a184-run target at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The thrilling two-run win was sealed off the last ball of the match after Rangpur scored 181 for nine, maintaining Dhaka's all-win record in their first three matches.
The second game of the day between Comilla Victorians and Rajshahi Kings was not nearly as exciting as Comilla won by five wickets with eight balls to spare.
Comilla's Shahid Afridi took three wickets for 10 runs to help bundle out Rajshahi for just 124 in 18.5 overs. Comilla then rode on contributions from Anamul Haque (40), Liam Dawson (28) and Tamim Iqbal (21) to reach home comfortably, despite a flurry of wickets in the middle.
Yesterday's story was about the first game, however, as Aliss became the first bowler to take a hattrick -- with the wickets of Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Forhad Reza -- on BPL debut. He is also the second bowler -- after Mohammad Sami in the inaugural edition in 2012 -- to take a hattrick in the tournament.