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12:00 AM, November 30, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 AM, November 30, 2017



Apart from yesterday's match being among arguably the two best teams of BPL 2017, the reason that a Comilla-Dhaka match ignites the passions of cricket fans is that it pits two of Bangladesh's preeminent cricketers against each other. And one suspects that it excites Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan too for similar reasons. With that in mind, Comilla skipper Tamim would not have been a happy man when it was Shakib who took his wicket, which at once diminished his side's chances and gave his Tiger rival first blood. But the last laugh would be his; in the 10th over of Dhaka's chase, with the game in the balance, Shakib miscued a ball from Dwayne Bravo straight to Tamim at mid off. Tamim threw the ball down in angry triumph, hinting that while they may be friends in red and green, it is an altogether different thing in the BPL.


In the 18th over of Dhaka's innings, a collision had star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo on the floor. Dhaka's Kevon Cooper missed a Bravo delivery and bumped into his smaller compatriot, seeming to hurt him badly. Cooper was too concerned about Bravo to complete the run and the fielders took off the bails at the other end. But after some consideration, Tamim called Cooper back in a display of gentlemanly spirit.

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