Barisal Burners v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL, Mirpur

Dwayne Smith steers Khulna to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2012

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Khulna Royal Bengals 131 for 3 (Smith 58*) beat Barisal Burners 125 (Haque 42, Shafiul 2-7, Shakib 2-19) by seven wickets

An incisive bowling attack and a half-century from Dwayne Smith combined to give Khulna Royal Bengals victory by seven wickets and 16 balls to spare in Mirpur. It was Barisal Burners' first defeat in the Bangladesh Premier League.

After brushing aside opposition bowlers in their first two games, the Burners batsmen failed collectively for the first time. Shafiul Islam dismissed Ahmed Shehzad and Chris Gayle for 0 and 2 on his way to figures of 2 for 7 in four overs. Shakib Al Hasan helped keep the run-rate well below six and, when he dismissed Brad Hodge in the sixth over, the Burners were 15 for 3. They slipped further to 67 for 7 before Mominul Haque made 42 to set Royal Bengals a target of 126.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Herschelle Gibbs began the chase with a partnership of 36. After they were dismissed, Smith and Sanath Jayasuriya added 45 for the third wicket. Jayasuriya made 23 but it was Smith's innings of 58 off 41 balls, which included four sixes, that sealed victory for the Royal Bengals.

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Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

hope ban cricket team will be more stronger in future and bpl will make lot of star cricketer in bangladesh

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 13, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

No per4mances 4m GAYLE- SHEHZAD , no win 4 BURNERS. But still M O M is a Caribbean. Caribbeans r just cruising over the BPL.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (February 13, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Here in Sri Lanka , I wish BPL all the best !.Due to office works I cannot watch it on TV.But I wish I could.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (February 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

good, congrats to shakib's men! Uncle jaya...Still u r smashing sixes at the youngest age of 43..ha..ha!!!good luck sir!

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