Bangladesh was inspired to start a similar league after seeing the large fan base of the Indian Premier League, and thanks to the participation of several well-known international players, the league received an extraordinary reaction from cricket fans.
The Dhaka Dynamites have won three of the five seasons, making them the league’s most successful side to date. This post will look into the top five games in BPL history so far.
1. Sylhet Superstars vs Chittagong Vikings (2016)
Since making his debut in the cricketing world, Mohammad Amir has continued to serve as the cornerstone of Pakistan’s bowling lineup. He is considered Pakistan’s finest death bowler, present performance notwithstanding. And this was more apparent in the BPL 2016 encounter against Sylhet Superstars.
Vikings reached 180/6 in 20 overs to half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Yasir Ali, while Superstars looked to win the game after Dilshan Munaweera and M Rahim helped them reach 172/6 in 19 overs.
Amir ultimately came out on top for his team, only allowing 7 runs in that over as Chittagong Vikings narrowly defeated them by 1 run.
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2. Dhaka Dynamites vs. Sylhet Superstars in 2015
Shahid Afridi is well-known for his bat-smashing prowess. He can smash every ball for a boundary. During the 2015 BPL, his batting approach helped his team win a heart-pounding thriller.
Dhaka Dynamites put 157 runs on the board while batting first. Sylhet Superstars had numerous well-known athletes on their team, so the score was within their grasp. But because of a breakdown in the middle order, the game continued until the last ball and turned out to be one of the tightest games in BPL history.
Afridi performed the unthinkable by hitting a six on the leg side, which helped his team win the match. Shahid Afridi didn’t stop there; he hit one more six on the same side to help his team win the game, which at the time looked impossible.
3. Barrisal Bulls vs. Comilla Victorians (2015)
The Bangladesh Premier League has given young players confidence and the ideal platform to break onto the international cricket scene.
One such athlete who made the most of this chance and made history in the process was Alok Kapali. He gained popularity due to his game-winning inning for Comilla Victorians in the BPL 2015 championship game.
Mahmudullah’s 48-run innings helped Barisal Bulls, who were batting first, set the goal of 157 runs for Comilla Victorians. The bulls carried the game to the very last over to flip the tables in conclusion. With Kapali in the batting position, Comilla Victorians needed 13 runs from 6 balls.
In the high-pressure circumstance, the equation was reduced to 7 runs from 3 balls, which sounded quite challenging. Although Kapali could blast the boundary, the equation was now 3 runs from 2 balls. On the last ball of the match, Alok Kapali took a swift single to give his team victory and the tournament.
4. Dhaka Dynamites vs. Barisal Bulls (2016)
Dhaka Dynamites is the most successful team in Bangladesh Premier League history. Dwayne Bravo and Shakib Al Hasan are just two of the many all-stars in their starting lineup, which is a big reason for their success.
Dwayne Bravo’s greatest season with his side was the fourth season of the BPL, when he contributed with his usual level of versatility. Bravo led his side to victory in a nail-biting match, ensuring the team’s investment in him would not be in vain. Dhaka bowled out the Barisal Bulls for 132 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Dhaka Dynamites lost 2 wickets off the final 2 deliveries of the 19th over, leaving them needing 2 runs off 5 balls with just 4 wickets in hand while chasing a modest total of 133. At the bottom of the order, Dwayne Bravo was batting at the striker’s end. But Bravo held his composure and hit a boundary over the cover to seal the victory for his squad.
5. Dhaka Dynamites vs. Rangpur Riders in 2017
Chris Gayle, the “Universe Boss,” ensured that the BPL 2017 championship match would not be forgotten. In doing so, he guided his side to a score of 211/1, which was very high for the Dhaka squad.
In the last over, Gayle scored 146 runs without losing his wicket at a blistering strike rate of 211.59 while hitting 18 sixes. Riders won by 57 runs, while Dhaka Dynamites could not score more than 3 runs over Gayle’s total.
In conclusion, the Bangladesh Premier League has seen many exciting matches. Some of the best matches include the 2016 final between Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders, which featured a last-ball finish and a thrilling chase by the Victorians. Another memorable match was the 2019 match between Sylhet Sixers and Dhaka Dynamites, which a Super Over decided after a tied regulation match.