Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, Mirpur February 11, 2012

Ahmed Shehzad shines in Barisal win

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Barisal Burners 180 for 2 (Shehzad 67) beat Duronto Rajshahi 158 for 9 (Mizanur 65, Harwood 2-20) by 22 runs

A tidy all-round showing from Barisal Burners helped them to a 22-run win against Duronto Rajshahi. This was Barisal's second win in the Bangladesh Premier League as many days, while Rajshahi slipped to a second successive defeat.

Choosing to bat, Barisal were propped up by their opening pair of Chris Gayle and Ahmed Shehzad. They put on 82 in 8.1 overs, before Gayle fell. Shehzad, however, hung around till the 14th over, knocking around four fours and six sixes in a 40-ball 67. The other two batsmen who had the chance to bat, captain Shahriar Nafees and Brad Hodge, built on the platform laid by the openers. While Nafees ticked over the scoreboard with 28 not out off 32, Hodge provided the late surge. He hit unbeaten 38 off 25 balls to carry Barisal to 180 for 2.

In reply, none of the Rajshahi batsmen were able to really get going. The only sizeable contribution came from their opener, Mizanur Rahman, who scored 65 off 52 on Twenty20 debut. Only two other batsmen got into double figures, as the Barisal bowlers struck with regularity to restrict the opposition to 158 for 9. Opening bowler Shane Harwood, with two wickets - including that of Mizanur - and an economy-rate of six, finished with the best figures. Shehzad was named the Man of the Match.

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  • kas on February 12, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Shehzad is not a future star, he already is a superstar. He stil has a long way to go, but I know for a fact that PCB will pick him up soon after this tournament. He doesnt appear to me as a flash in the pan like Tamim Iqbal. If he lets his bat do the talking then he will book his place as the next Sehwag of Pak. Goodluck Shehzad and all the best from a Bangladeshi fan.

  • Tayab on February 12, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Good T20 batsmen, but don't like his churpy, arrogant attitude. Reminds me about Virat Kohli. Saw him in the world cup against Canada. Not quite the role model for the kids. Good prospect though.

  • Masudur on February 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    shahzad is very fine and composed batsman, in fact best batsman so far among all the BPL players.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on February 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Good to see a Bangladeshi top-scored for his franchise on his t-20 debut. Mizanur Rahman can get attention of Media & BCB team management now. But so far BPL is dominated by per4mances of Caribbeans.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    AHMED SHEHZAD is simply AWESOME. I like his technique and approach towards a game... he has got everything which a top class batsman needs.... his attitude, aggression and full of confidence is worth watching for the PCB... he should get a place in the PCT T20 team.... INSHALLAH.. he will do well..

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    shahzad deserved place in the pakistan team yo yo shahzad

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad is very good and consistent player. He is working hard and performing well. All Pakistani cricket fans want him to join Pakistani T20 Squad in T20 World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    He is a wonder kid, no doubt about that. He has aggresion, style confidence, attitute and good personality plus superb communication skill as well. . All these makes him a future star

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