Carlos Brathwaite, Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name! These famous words were uttered by commentator and former West Indies all-rounder Ian Bishop during the 2016 World T20I final after Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixers against England’s Ben Stokes to clinch the title for the Calypso. Brathwaite is playing for Khulna Titans in this year’s BPL. And the tall right-handed West Indian made his mark once again with towering sixes all over the ground. In the last match, Brathwaite scored 30 off 14 balls which proved to be the turning point. And Tuesday, against a strong Dhaka Dynamites bowling line-up, Brathwaite rose to the occasion and played a superb knock. He scored 64 off 29 balls with four fours and half a dozen massive sixes. Whoever follows cricket closely has no other option but to recall those words “Remember the name” every time Brathwaite smashes a sixer.
Just like Brathwaite in the first innings, another big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard blasted some huge sixes during his 24-ball 55. The right-hander hammered three fours and six sixes during his majestic knock. Pollard came out to bat when Dhaka were struggling. They just lost the wicket of skipper Shakib al Hasan and were tottering on 41 runs for the loss of five wickets. From there, Pollard’s counter-attacking innings brought Dhaka right back into the game. When Pollard got out against pacer Shafiul Islam, Dhaka still needed 43 off 32 balls. Among those six Pollard sixes, four came against Khulna captain Mahmudullah in the 11th over while the remaining two were scored against Brathwaite in the 13th over. So it was raining sixes at the home of cricket in Mirpur during the first match.
Leg-spinner Rashid breaks the stumps
Comilla Victorians leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been in tremendous form in the BPL 2017. The Afghanistan leggie has made a name for himself in international cricket with his artistic leg-spin and variation, be it googly or the wrong-un. The leg-spinner even bagged a hat-trick in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 for Jamaica Tallawahs this year. And Tuesday, the leggie once again bowled tight and accurate line and length. But Tuesday was doubly special for the Afghan lad as he broke the stumps, despite being a spinner. The incident happened in the second ball of the 16th over of Chittagong Vikings’ innings. Rashid cleaned up Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Munaweera. It was a ripping googly from Rashid and the middle stump was literally knocked back into two pieces.
Tamim scores four on return
Finally, Comilla’s icon player and opener Tamim Iqbal made a return to the playing XI. Tuesday, he played his first match of the money-spinning tournament’s fifth edition. The dashing left-handed batsman has been injured for quite a long time as he missed one Test match, two ODIs and as many T20Is against South Africa due to thigh injury. It was tough for him to score big on his immediate return but fans always expect him to post a significant score as he is one of the finest strokemakers of the country. However, Tamim scored only four off 10 balls in his return before being caught at short third man. Tamim tried to pull only to get a thick leading edge against Munaweera. The ball lobbed up towards short third man fielder Subashish Roy, who made no mistake.