The eleventh match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) between Chittagong Vikings and Khlulna Titans had drama written all over it with the game eventually being won by Chittagong through a Super Over -- the first ever in BPL history -- after the match ended in a draw in Mirpur yesterday.
Meanwhile in the day's second match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka Dynamites maintained their perfect run in the tournament by defeating Sylhet Sixers by 32 runs under lights.
In the day's first fixture, it was Chittagong's South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck who authored the drama, which began in the final over when he took Khulna's all-rounder Ariful Haque for 18 runs while needing 19 to win, leaving the game to be decided by a Super Over.
Chasing a par-total of 151 runs, Chittagong looked to be in control but lost the wickets of Yasir Ali, Sikandar Raza, Mosaddek Hossain and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim within a span of just five overs for 35 runs. Khulna's left-arm quick Junaid Khan then bowled an excellent 19th over, conceding only four runs and changing the complexion of the match with Chittagong requiring 19 off the last over for victory.
Ariful was struck for a six by Chittagong's Nayeem Hasan off the second ball of the over before taking his wicket with the next ball, caught in the deep by Najmul Hossain.
However, Frylinck had crossed over to the other end and dispatched the next ball for a six before pulling the fifth ball of the over, a waist height full toss, for a maximum over the square leg fence, a delivery which could have been called a no-ball.
The drama was not over yet though as Chittagong then needed one run off one ball. To the Vikings' dismay however, Frylinck swatted and missed the delivery and was run out to leave the game at the mercy of a Super Over.
During the post-match press conference, Frylinck insisted that the fifth ball of the final over was a no-ball.
“I am still convinced that that was a no-ball. But we didn't get like that. The ball came nicely, that slow ball I missed, and that obviously got us into the Super Over” said Frylinck.
Junaid did well coming in to bowl the Super Over, conceding just eleven runs. It was then Frylinck who was made to defend their low Super Over score and the 34-year old kept his nerve and bowled a tight over, giving away only nine runs to eventually win it for his side.
In the day's second match, despite Nicholas Pooran's heroic 47-ball 72-run knock, Sylhet Sixers could not register a win as only two of their other batsmen managed to score double-figures in chase of Dhaka Dynamites' 173-run total.
Dhaka opener Rony Talukdar took the match home with his brilliant 34-ball 58, ensuring that their winning streak stays intact.