Things looked glum for debutant Al Islam Aliss as he dropped Mohammad Mithun twice in the same over. With Rangpur Riders needing 26 off three overs though, he turned the game on its head with a brilliant hattrick -- only the second hattrick in the BPL and the first by a debutant in the tournament – during a beautifully bowled 18th over.
The 22-year-old off-spinner revived himself after the earlier dropped catches as he bagged none other than Mohammad Mithun first. The batsman saw his stumps flattened, trying to slog it out of the park. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Rangpur skipper was the second victim, as he went for the slog too and saw his bails being clipped by a flighted delivery. Aliss was truly in wonderland after he picked up Farhad Reza with another well-flighted delivery that feigned to turn but only span minimally to take the edge of the bat and Reza was caught at first slip.
The hattrick down as dusted and then with 14 required off the last over, Aliss came in to bowl again. He was hit hit for two boundaries in the first two balls, but as the story went, he revived himself once more to concede three off the last four deliveries as Dhaka won by a narrow margin of 2 runs. The spinner finished with figures of 4 for 26 his hattrick was only the second hattrick in the tournament after Mohammad Sami had bagged the first in the tournament’s history in its inaugural edition.
He could have easily been remembered for his blunder, dropping two catches in the same over but in dramatic fashion he turned out to be the man of the eleventh hour – one that Dynamites desperately needed.