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Hat-trick by wonder boy Aliss keeps Dhaka on all-win track
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Hat-trick by wonder boy Aliss keeps Dhaka on all-win track

Dhaka Dynamites Al Islam Aliss (M), flanked by skipper Shakib Al Hasan (L) and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan, look in triumphant mood after he claims a hat-trick in his debut BPL match against Rangpur Riders at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. BCB Photo

Al Islam Aliss, a completely unknown bowler in the country’s cricket arena, sprung a surprise by helping star-studded Dhaka Dynamites snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat against Rangpur Riders, who were heavily poised to win the clash of giants at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.

The off-break bowler, playing his first match in the senior level cricket, claimed a hat-trick and bagged four for 26. The hat-trick came at a moment when the match was clearly titled to Riders needing just 26 runs off 18 balls with six wickets at hands. In the 17th over, Aliss came up with the match-winning hat-trick, snaring the set batsman, Mohammad Mithun (49), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Farhad Reza and conceded just three runs-- leaving Rangpur requiring 23 runs in last two overs.

Inspired by the hat-trick in the crunch moment by Aliss, Sunil Narine took two wickets in the penultimate over to further derail Riders. Rangpur made nine runs in Narine’s over, which meant they needed 14 in the last over with just one wicket in hands.

Aliss came for the last over but it was not as good as his first three; still he held his nerve to help Dhaka win the game by two runs as Rangpur were restricted to 181 for nine in reply to Dhaka’s 183 for nine.

Aliss became the most searched bowler once Dhaka completed the victory after a nail-biting finish. He later disclosed that he was the highest wicket-taker in the latest edition of the first division cricket league for Old DOHS with 27 wickets in nine matches.

“Watching me in the net, Khaled Mahmud Sujon (the Dhaka Dynamites coach) picked me and told me last night that I am going to play in this match. I am really excited to win it for Dhaka on my first appearance in the senior level cricket,” said Aliss.

Dhaka captain Shakib Al Hasan said they had faith on the new bloke as they believed that he could deliver for them in the crucial moment.

“We knew he (Al Islam) has the potential. Luckily he showed his class. Long way to go for him, but he did very well today,” Shakib said.

Not only a hat-trick, Aliss took the most crucial wicket of Rilee Rossouw who appeared set to take the match away from Dhaka.

As Rangpur was in a precarious position being reduced to 25 for two, including the wicket of Chris Gayle, Rossouw— aided by Mithun— shared 121 runs for the third wicket stand and made Rangpur heavily favourite to win the game.

After Rossouw hammered a 44-ball 83, smashing eight fours and four sixes, Aliss outfoxed him with a delivery that spun sharply. Rossouw missed the line to be stumped, sparking Rangpur’s collapse.

Shakib Al Hasan got the better of Ravi Bopara before Aliss wrecked havoc and dashed Rangpur’s hope of winning the match.

Being sent to bat first, Dhaka were left in a hopeless situation being reduced to 33 for three as there was no Hazratullah Zazai storm like the first two matches.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mizanur Rahman briefly resisted but Rangpur further dented Dhaka by taking out the latter for 15.Then came in Keiron Pollard who got his Midas touch on the day when it mattered most for Dhaka. Along with Shakib, Pollard took Rangpur bowlers in sheer disdain to share 78 off just 41 balls to script the third consecutive 180-plus score for Dhaka.

Before being dismissed to Benny Howell, Pollard struck a 26-ball 62, clobbering five fours and four sixes. When Pollard surgically cut through Rangpur’s bowling line up, Shakib was restrained in his approach and scored 36 off 37.

Andre Russell then gave the finished touch, smashing a 13-ball 23 with three huge sixes. Shafiul Islam claimed three for 35 while Howell and Sohag Gazi snapped up two wickets apiece. However, all that mattered little in a day when Al Islam Aliss decided to make the match his own and thereby scripting Dhaka’s third straight victory in the BPL.