Ahmed Shehzad shines in Barisal win
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.