Dhaka Gladiators v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL, Mirpur

All-round Russell fashions Khulna win

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 11, 2012

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Khulna Royal Bengals 175 for 5 (Shakib 42, Russell 37*) beat Dhaka Gladiators 156 for 7 (Pollard 39*, Russell 4-35) by 19 runs

Mashrafe Mortaza went for 0 for 27 in three overs, Dhaka Gladiators v Khulna Royal Bengals, Bangladesh Premier League, Mirpur, February 11, 2012
Mashrafe Mortaza went for 0 for 27 in three overs © BPL T20

Andre Russell turned in a strong all-round performance, hitting 37 and taking four wickets, to help Khulna Royal Bengals beat Dhaka Gladiators by 19 runs. Chasing 176, Dhaka lost their way in the middle overs and in the end their star hitter Kieron Pollard ran out of partners.

Khulna's highest stand was 71 for the third wicket between Dwayne Smith and Shakib Al Hasan. The left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain broke the partnership when he had Smith caught for 37. Shakib fell soon after, bowled by Naved-ul-Hasan. Russell entertained the crowd with two lusty blows over deep midwicket for six to propel Khulna to a score that was to test the Dhaka line-up.

Dhaka lost Imran Nazir early, but the stand of 45 between Azhar Mahmood and Nazimuddin kept them in the hunt. Russell struck as soon as he was brought on, getting Mahmood caught behind while trying to cut. When he bowled Mohammad Ashraful in the same over, the momentum had shifted. Darren Stevens and Pollard added a fighting 62 for the fifth wicket, but Dhaka couldn't quite keep up with the asking-rate. Russell added two more to his tally to seal the win for Khulna.

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Posted by doctornikki on (February 11, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Shahzad is a real talent...love his shots....awesome...

Posted by Jawwad123 on (February 11, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Well that's bcoz the foreign players are mainly consisted of W.Indians and Pakistanis>>

Posted by   on (February 11, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

after bangalis , its Pakistanis and W.indians in this league.

Posted by azmal007 on (February 11, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

well played shezad........& I've liked the bowling of harwood & Apu Islam.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 11, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

BPL stands for Bangladesh Premier League, but first 3 Games were dominated by CARIBBEANS. 1stly Gayle, then Bravo, now Andre Russell! Looks like Caribbean T-20 Championship!

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