Dhaka Dynamites vs Rangpur Riders, Final
Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs
So that ends a long tournament. A more evenly contested final will have been welcome but when it's studded with a Gayle stunner, you don't really whine. You concede that it was a great game of cricket. And this one yielded a new winner too. 3 cheers for Mortaza and Rangpur Riders. With that, we'll leave you. Hope you liked the coverage. Take care, ta-ta!
Mortaza gets the trophy from BCB President, Nazmul Hasan. The teammates gather around for the shutterbugs. There's a kid in there (my guess is on him being Mortaza's son). Fireworks go off. The celebrations in cricket are quite routine but they look friggin' glorious every single time, don't they?
Mortaza - captain, Rangpur: "Chris Gayle batting 20 overs .. people know it's going to be a tornado. In the first semi, Christopher (Gayle) played a phenomenal innings and today again, the way he batted was great to see. All the players (contributed), with ball and bat, and fielded really well. Rangpur will get the trophy for the first time. I am happy and the players are happy too."
Mortaza gets the big check. He's all smiles, posing for the photograph.
Shakib - captain, Dhaka: "What we have gained is terrific. Congrats to all teammates for coming so far. Unfortunately there was a Gayle storm today. There was a chance but I missed it (on the catch he dropped of Gayle on 22). You expect me to bowl 4 overs but when Gayle was on song, it was hard for me to bowl. Crowd has been supporting all teams. Hopefully this continues."
Gayle - Player of the Match | Player of the Tournament: "I should have been brought on earlier. I'm still the best off-spinner in the world (chuckles). Slow start to the tournament for us. We peaked at the right time. We had the momentum coming into the final. Fantastic effort from the guys, led by Mash (Mortaza). Malinga isn't here, so isn't Perera, but those guys played well for us too. Bowlers did a fantastic job. Want to thank the management and the physio, for keeping me fit. Thanks to Bangladesh fans for the support. It's been a pleasure."
We'll be back with the presentations ..
21:45 Local Time, 15:45 GMT, 21:15 IST: Joy for Mortaza. The fourth BPL title for him manifesting itself as Rangpur's first ever in the tournament's short history. Apt that Gayle gets to wrap the innings with the ball, after all but wrapping defending champions Dhaka with a blistering 69-ball 146 - his highest ever score in BPL that also happens to be the first century scored in the tournament's finale. Chasing 207, Dhaka looked baked. They didn't do themselves any favours, losing 4 inside the powerplay. Mortaza kicked things off with Maruf's wicket in the first over and then Gazi struck in consecutive overs, plundering away any chance Dhaka had at a rearguard. Jahurul Islam's rather quickfire fifty was as consolatory as it gets.
19.5 Gayle to Khaled Ahmed, 1 run, sees him coming down the track, Gayle drifts it wide. Khaled Ahmed could meet only off the toe-end
19.4 Gayle to Abu Hider, 1 run, reckon that was a low full toss, Abu Hider shimmies out and works that to backward square leg
19.3 Gayle to Abu Hider, no run, Gayle is now getting it to flight and dip. Oh dear. A soft edge past the stumps
19.2 Gayle to Abu Hider, no run, skids this on outside off, Abu Hider swings and misses. Abu Hider isn't too pleased with himself
19.1 Gayle to Abu Hider, no run, comes down the track and gets too close to the pitch. Has to jam it out
Chris Gayle, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
60 off 6 looks far-fetched, even for the nauseatingly optmistic. Here's Gayle to entertain us. Watch for that mane. Oh, he's used his index finger to mimic Undertaker's throat slash
DHD: 147-9 after 19 overs
18.6 Udana to Khaled Ahmed, no run, almost flummoxed by the change of pace, Khaled Ahmed checks the ball to mid-on
18.5 Udana to Khaled Ahmed, no run, dipping full toss result slapped straight to cover
18.3 Udana to Abu Hider, 1 run, short of Gazi at deep backward point. I swear Abu Hider wanted to go over cow corner. Not in control of this swing whole the line. Lucky