A 121-run partnership between Rilee Rossouw and Mohammad Mithun went in vain as Rangpur Riders lost seven wickets in the space of 24 runs to lose their Bangladesh Premier League game against Dhaka Dynamites by 2 runs on Friday.
Spinner Aliss Al Islam, who earlier missed two catches on his first T20 game, bagged a hattrick on his way to a four-for to cause the main damage.
He first bowled Mithun in the fourth ball of the 18th over, bowled Rangpur skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in the next ball and then completed his hattrcik as Farhad Reza gave a catch to Shakib Al Hasan.
The Man-of-the-Match bowler had also removed Rossouw to bring Dhaka back to the game after the South African had hit eight fours and four sixes to make 83 off 44 balls.
Mithun was the second highest scorer with 49, made off 35 balls with a four and two sixes.
Another highlight of the game was the way Chris Gayle was sent to the pavillion. His lofted shot was taken by Andre Russell on the boundary line, who threw the ball in the field before falling on the other side and Kieron Pollard completed the catch.
Besides Aliss, Rangpur were also tormented by Sunil Narine, who bagged two wickets.
Batting first, Dhaka had recorded 183 for 9 thanks to Kieron Pollard’s 62 off 26 balls.
Pollard’s brilliant innings featured five fours and four sixes while captain Shakib added 36 in 37 balls.
The duo added 78 runs in the fifth wicket.
In the end, Andre Russell slammed three sixes to make 23 in 13 balls to lead Dhaka to another 180 plus score, their third time in as many games.
Shafiul Islam was the most successful bowler for Rangpur with three wickets while Sohag Gazi and Benny Howell claimed two each.