Unusually costly bowling by Shakib
Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib al Hasan conceded 51 runs from his quota of four overs against Chittagong Vikings. In the fifth over of the innings, the Dhaka skipper conceded 23 runs, including three sixes, one four and a single. In total, Shakib leaked four sixers and as many boundaries from his 24 deliveries, which is quite uncharacteristic for the world’s No 1 all-rounder. Shakib’s bowling figure read 4-0-51-1 in the end, which is the sixth worst in BPL history. The highest runs conceded by a bowler is Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Munaweera, who gave away 54 runs in his four overs against Chittagong in November, 2015. In this year’s BPL, Sylhet Sixers pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi also conceded 54 runs against Rajshahi Kings. Shakib is currently the highest wicket taker in BPL history with 72 wickets with an economy rate of 6.75 in 56 innings.
Lewis’ four sixers in an over
Dhaka chased down a challenging target of 188 against Chittagong in what was an important tie. The start was not good for Dhaka as they lost opener Shahid Afridi (nought) in the very first over. But other opener Evin Lewis took charge at the other end and played a beautiful innings. Lewis scored 75 off just 31 balls with three fours and nine sixes. Among those nine sixers, four came against left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam in the ninth over. Lewis even scored three back-to-back sixes in the first three balls of that over. And the final six of that over came off the last ball. And so, Sanjamul was welcomed to the bowling attack with three huge sixes by the power-hitter Lewis, going to show just how dominant Dhaka were with the willow against the home side.
Afif’s 54*, without any four
All-rounder Afif Hossain has emerged as one of the best young players in this year’s BPL edition for Khulna Titans. In the last few matches, Afif bowled beautifully and was often praised by captain Mahmudullah for his excellence on the field. In crucial moments, Afif got big wickets like the West Indies' Dwayne Smith, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum. But Afif showed his brilliance with the bat for the Titans against Rajshahi. The left-hander was promoted to No 3 and he remained unbeaten till the end, scoring 54 off 38 balls. Surprisingly, Afif did not strike any boundary in his innings. But he did smash five sixes during his brilliant innings.