Thisara Perera might not be the world’s most adored all-rounder, but when he gets going, he does get a fruitful result. On a day when Dhaka struggled to get a par score with the bat, he chipped in with a cameo to push them past the safe line and when there was some trouble with the ball, he picked up a five-fer and won his side the game by 20 runs.
The game started on a worst possible note for the Platoon, having lost the wicket of Anamul Haque off the very first ball of the game. Mehedi Hasan was dismissed by Abu Hider Rony in the powerplay and Tamim Iqbal was left hapless. He did receive some support from Laurie Evans, but that partnership could only control the damage.
The side was struggling with the scoring rate when Tamim decided to shift gears and kept attempting the big heaves. When his 75-run partnership with Laurie Evans came to an end, the Platoon were hoping for something around 160 to pose a respectable challenge. But Perera had something else in mind.
Tamim completed his half-century whilst Thisara Perera smashed a 17-ball 42, which includes 7 fours and 1 six. This cameo from the all-rounder helped them score 180 runs batting first and they were a good 30 runs beyond the par score on this track.
Perera returns with figures of 5/30
Mehedi Hasan provided a good breakthrough in his first over, removing Yasir Ali with a beautiful delivery. Rajapaksa’s short-little cameo was entertaining but was cut short by the experience of Mashrafe Mortaza. After the Warriors lose these crucial wickets in such a short span of time, the middle order was always going to be in deep trouble.
Soumya Sarkar and Dawid Malan stitched an important partnership to ensure the innings won’t fall apart, but that was a temporary respite that didn’t offer a scoring rate good enough to challenge for a win. Mahidul Islam was next up to provide a cameo, but none of it was significant enough to take the Warriors over the line.
Eventually, the Warriors could only muster 160 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Thisara Perera picked up 5 wickets in the innings, which included the crucial wickets of Sabbir Rahman, skipper Dasun Shanaka and also Mahidul Islam. The Platoon registered a convincing 20-run win get their net run-rate back in the positive zone.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Thisara Perera tonight:
42* off 17 balls
5/30 in 4 overs
First player to score 40+ runs and take 5 wickets in a BPL match!#BPLT20 #BPLseason7
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 13, 2019
WTF is Dawid Malan doing taking just singles #BPLT20
— Cric_Rahul (@cricket________) December 13, 2019
Love to have you here at my country, my all time favourite batter!! Today saw you on TV while watching #BPLT20 match!! Hopefully you will enjoy #Bangladesh. I am a big fan of yours and hope you will do great here too. Love you man!!
— Farhan Haq Ananda (@Ananda_Farhan5) December 13, 2019
Inshah Allah Boom Boom Macha Do Dhoom💓#BPLT20
— Talha Hussain (@iamBigFanAfridi) December 13, 2019
Brilliant all-round performance by @PereraThisara for Dhaka Platoon in Bangladesh Premier League.
42*(17) including 7 four and 1 six.
— Sports Bloods (@SportsBloods) December 13, 2019
Brilliant Victory By #BoomBoom Shahid Afridi's Team Dhaka Platoon❤
Dhaka Beat Cumila By 20 Runs…
What a Awesome Performance by @PereraThisara 42 off 17 With Bat
5 Wkts With Ball🔥🔥👏👏
Congratulations to All Afridians😍😍@SAfridiOfficial @RealTeamAfridi#BPLT20 #DPvCW pic.twitter.com/WDgHVXo6Vv
— Dheeraj7874 (@Dheeraj7874) December 13, 2019
Once in a while, Legend Thisara produces such a performance
🏏 42*(17)#BPLT20 #BPL2019
— SayShrii (@4th_Umpire1) December 13, 2019
Many Many Congratulations To all Afridians.🙋♂️
Shahid Afridi team #DhakaPlatoon won By 20 Runs!
What a brilliant Performance by Prera 5 Wickets and scored 42 Runs.👏👏👍👍#BPLT20 pic.twitter.com/5F835Nq9N5
— Khalil Khan (@KhalilAfridi_10) December 13, 2019
5/30 For Thisara Perera. This Is his 2nd FiFer In BPL ( 1st Vs Comilla 5/26 In 2015 ), No Other Player Has More than 1 FiFer In BPL History !
From PAK Hassan Ali 5/20 & M Sami 5/6 Have Taken FiFer In BPL !#BPLT20 #BPL2019 #Cricket
— Mani 🇵🇰 (@ManiTweets14) December 13, 2019
Dhaka Won By 20 Runs ! Brilliant Performance by Prera 5 Wickets and scored 42 👍🏻#BPLT20 pic.twitter.com/fF0yfKt93X
— Shahid Afridi (@The_SAfridi) December 13, 2019
Easy win for Dhaka Platoon. 5-fer for Perera. This is the first victory for DP in this season!
Next match will be on tomorrow against Sylhet. #BPLT20
— S A L A R (@JabraAfridian) December 13, 2019
Come on Wahab 🔥#BPLT20
— Khalil Khan (@KhalilAfridi_10) December 13, 2019
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