The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final match was played between Comilla Victorians and Fortune Barisal. Comilla won the match by a close margin of 1 run and won the title. Batting first, Comilla Victorians scored 151 runs for 9 wickets. In reply, Barishal scored 150 runs for 8 wickets.
Comilla Victorians won the toss and decided to bat first. Sunil Narine and Liton Das put on 40 runs for the first wicket. Narine scored most of the runs. Liton Das got out after scoring 4 runs. After him Mahmudul Hasan also continued on the personal score of 8 runs. Faf du Plessis also scored just 4 runs. Sunil Narine scored a half-century while batting stormy and was dismissed after scoring 57 runs in 23 balls. Moeen Ali scored 38 runs from the lower order and took the team’s score to 151 runs for 9 wickets. Mujeeb and Shafikul Islam took 2 wickets each for Fortune Barishal.
Playing in response, Barishal lost the wicket of opener batsman Munim Shahryar. And Ah went on without opening an account. After him, Shyakat Ali played an innings of 58 runs in 34 balls, performing a stormy batting. Shakib Al Hasan was a flop. He got out on a personal score of 7 runs. However, Chris Gayle tried to bat for a while and got out after scoring 33 runs. In the last over, Barishal needed 10 runs to win but they could reach 150 for 8 and lost the match by 1 run. In this way the team of Comilla Victorians became the champion of this season. Sunil Narine was adjudged the player of the match. Shakib Al Hasan was adjudged Player of the Series.
WHO SAID WHAT?
Imrul Kayes | Comilla skipper: It’s an incredible match, I never expected to win but thanks to the almighty. We started very well but so many mistakes in the middle, after that Moeen and Rony Hider finished well. Shykat started fantastically, our bowlers did very well in the middle overs. This type of final you need to be brave and cool, if you are that, you will be successful. Sunil and Faf helped a lot in the field, was a total team work. Bowlers have done really well, especially Sunil and Tanvir Islam, both teams though made mistakes with the ball and in the field.
Shakib Al Hasan | Player of the Series: Was a very good game of cricket, both teams made mistakes, but in the end Comilla held their nerves, credit goes to them. Shykat Ali played a great innings, it was a good game for him. But in the end we couldn’t get over the line. We came back really well after Sunil’s innings. Credit goes to our bowlers to come back from that situation, they have bowled really well throughout the tournament. It’s not easy bowling in the last 2-3 overs. Credit goes to Sunil for that over. We have to come back stronger next year. It was a good tournament for me personally but I would have loved to lift the trophy more than being the Man of the Series.
Sunil Narine | Player of the Match: I think this (achievement) is the most important. At the start of the tournament, this is where you want to end up. Credit goes to all the boys. The wicket assisted a bit, and the pressure of the game helped a bit. Good effort from the guys, they deserve it. It was too close for comfort, but the spectators got what they wanted and in the end cricket is the winner. Looking forward to coming back next time.
Comilla Victorians: 151/9
Fortune Barishal: 150/8