The sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will come to an end today with one of Dhaka Dynamites or Comilla Victorians taking the coveted trophy after the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Although the tournament had seen a few dull, low-scoring contests, it gathered steam and crowds were treated to some scintillating performances. The most exciting and unique aspect of this year's BPL was that it saw three hattricks after the previous five editions combined had served up only two. Dhaka's mystery off-spinner Aliss Al Islam became the first bowler to bag a hattrick on T20 debut while Comilla pacer Wahab Riaz and Dhaka's Andre Russell also took three in three.
The Chattogram phase had the most excitement, with the highest and second-highest totals in the history of the BPL -- Rangpur Riders' 239 for four against Chittagong Vikings and Comilla's 237 for five against Khulna Titans -- being registered in the port city.
However, although a huge buzz was created by the fact that Rangpur's AB de Villiers, Sylhet Sixers' David Warner and Comilla's Steve Smith would be playing their maiden BPL, fans would have been disappointed to not have seen more of the Australian duo after both Smith and Warner were forced into early departures owing to injuries.
On the other hand, de Villiers did his part to heighten the standard of the tournament as he strung together an unbeaten 184-run third-wicket partnership with Englishman Alex Hales -- the highest for the wicket in BPL history -- during their encounter with Dhaka. To add to the fans' dismay, Hales also had to leave early from the tournament after suffering an injury against Rajshahi Kings.
On a grander scale, the fans have witnessed a month packed with action and they will be hoping for a perfect end with some fireworks in today's final.