Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, Mirpur February 14, 2012

Gladiators outgun Chris Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Dhaka Gladiators 208 for 5 (Mahmood 77*, Nazir 58) beat Barisal Burners 187 for 5 (Gayle 116) by 21 runs
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Dhaka Gladiators needed three of their overseas pros to play explosive innings to outgun the marauding Chris Gayle. Imran Nazir made 58 off 35 balls, Azhar Mahmood 77 off 47 and Kieron Pollard 36 off 15 to lead the Gladiators to 208 for 5. Gayle came out swinging for Barisal Burners, clobbering 11 sixes on his way to 116 off 61 balls. A Gayle century usually ensures victory for his team. Not this time. The Gladiators had scored 21 too many.

Gayle did not have much support from his Burners team-mates. The Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who took 2 for 20 in four overs, got Ahmed Shehzad and Mominul Haque cheaply, while Darren Stevens dismissed Brad Hodge for a duck. Mithun Ali made 38 off 32 balls but his supporting act wasn't substantial enough. When Gayle was dismissed, the Burners needed 46 off 2.3 overs, a task that was beyond them. They finished on 187 for 5.

The Gladiators' innings had also got off to a poor start - they were 19 for 2 after four overs. Mahmood and Nazir scored at a scorching pace, though, and by the time they were separated, the score was 105 in 11.4 overs. Pollard and Mahmood continued the blitz, with Pollard hitting five of his 15 balls for six. Yasir Arafat and Kabir Ali were the only Burners bowlers to concede fewer than ten runs an over.

Kabir Ali was playing for the Burners because he was a replacement for Shane Harwood, who was ruled out of the BPL with a toe injury.

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  • 30-30-150 on February 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @Austala Bistala - Cool down mate.. Threats like that won't work.. Ask politely..

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    whats wrong with CRICINFO??!! CRICINFO is not showing BPL TOURNAMENT in Quick live section. Fan of BPL has to scroll down domestic section of Bangladesh to see live update. BPL is NOT a domestic tournament. BPL is played by so many overseas players and watched by millions BPL fan around the world. I thought CRICINFO is run by highly professional staff who really love cricket!! As a fan of CRICINFO I would like to see BPL on main section of live update NOT in domestic section before we as fans turns into other cricket sites to view BPL. Luv U BPL Al From Australia

  • Pace22 on February 15, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    It definitely look like it is Gayle alone the Dhaka Gladiators is playing against as the headline reads: "Gladiators outgun Chris Gayle". These team need to remember that cricket is a team sport.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Nafees told they don't depend on Gayle. But with his 2nd best T20 ton ( 1 short of career best 117), Gayle couldn't ensure BURNERS win. It's a major alert 4 Burners in rest of the tourney. They will get Gayle's service 4 only 1 match.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    There r Quick links of upcoming IPL, previously ended BIG BASH, but no quick links 4 BPL on ESPN homepage. It's link on Popular shows how popular BPL is! So I wanna see BPL at "Quick links" segment.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    very right to say unequal treatment to BPL. why i ewonder?

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Its an honor Watching Chris Gayle Playing in my Life time,, Such a Great Hitting Batsman,, The WI Board must be run by some Crazy Heads by not letting him in there National Side...

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    i m very much agree with Ayman Hussain. because IPL news was publish on there homepage...so why nt BPL ????

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Can anyone answer me why our www.Cricinfo.com do not posting any Bangladesh Premier league news on the first page in addition why they are not providing commentators for BPL matches, while they doing it for South African T20 tournament and they did for Big Bash and IPL.Isn't it a way of discriminating Bangladesh and their people.I am a a big fan of cricinfo and it is still homepage for my browser but if Cricinfo continue discriminating us, we all Bangladeshi will Avoid it.(170 Million people)

  • wasim_007 on February 15, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    It seems that Cricinfo is also slave of BCCI...that's why no coverage of BPL....but no worries...BPL is going strong and it's SUPERHIT...

  • 30-30-150 on February 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @Austala Bistala - Cool down mate.. Threats like that won't work.. Ask politely..

  • on February 16, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    whats wrong with CRICINFO??!! CRICINFO is not showing BPL TOURNAMENT in Quick live section. Fan of BPL has to scroll down domestic section of Bangladesh to see live update. BPL is NOT a domestic tournament. BPL is played by so many overseas players and watched by millions BPL fan around the world. I thought CRICINFO is run by highly professional staff who really love cricket!! As a fan of CRICINFO I would like to see BPL on main section of live update NOT in domestic section before we as fans turns into other cricket sites to view BPL. Luv U BPL Al From Australia

  • Pace22 on February 15, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    It definitely look like it is Gayle alone the Dhaka Gladiators is playing against as the headline reads: "Gladiators outgun Chris Gayle". These team need to remember that cricket is a team sport.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Nafees told they don't depend on Gayle. But with his 2nd best T20 ton ( 1 short of career best 117), Gayle couldn't ensure BURNERS win. It's a major alert 4 Burners in rest of the tourney. They will get Gayle's service 4 only 1 match.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    There r Quick links of upcoming IPL, previously ended BIG BASH, but no quick links 4 BPL on ESPN homepage. It's link on Popular shows how popular BPL is! So I wanna see BPL at "Quick links" segment.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    very right to say unequal treatment to BPL. why i ewonder?

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Its an honor Watching Chris Gayle Playing in my Life time,, Such a Great Hitting Batsman,, The WI Board must be run by some Crazy Heads by not letting him in there National Side...

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    i m very much agree with Ayman Hussain. because IPL news was publish on there homepage...so why nt BPL ????

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Can anyone answer me why our www.Cricinfo.com do not posting any Bangladesh Premier league news on the first page in addition why they are not providing commentators for BPL matches, while they doing it for South African T20 tournament and they did for Big Bash and IPL.Isn't it a way of discriminating Bangladesh and their people.I am a a big fan of cricinfo and it is still homepage for my browser but if Cricinfo continue discriminating us, we all Bangladeshi will Avoid it.(170 Million people)

  • wasim_007 on February 15, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    It seems that Cricinfo is also slave of BCCI...that's why no coverage of BPL....but no worries...BPL is going strong and it's SUPERHIT...

  • Nair_saab on February 15, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    can anyone explain why i have to go to the Bangladesh homepage to get an article about 'BPL'.come-on, be fair! cricinfo

  • on February 15, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    These two are very good teams .. lady luck was on Dhaka's side this time .. and the match was perfectly poised all the time !

  • Desihungama on February 15, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Great match. All I can say every time I see players like Gayle and their likes scoring blasting centuries off 50-60 odd balls, it makes me thinking how the heck Shahid Afridi managed a century in 37 balls?

  • AzyS on February 15, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    BPL has been stormed by the Gayle Force... simply awesum hittin.. the best in the business.. its time for Pollard to come one down now and use his talent to the max.. BPPL has been very exciting till now but will be even better if the local lads perform..

  • on February 15, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    We are not dependable on gayle: Shahriar nafees..........:P Obviously u are dependable on gayle.

  • on February 15, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    go chris hit'em hard you the greatest T20 cricketer ever

  • on February 15, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    great gamemfrom both teams.cudos rto d gayle ton

  • on February 15, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    gayle is great all time t20 cricketer in the world

  • on February 15, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Chris Gayle, what a player ! He is a match winner, although Barisal lost he alone is sufficient to change the tide of the game.

  • Meety on February 15, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @cric4zh - took the words right out of my mouth! I think the standard of this comp is much higher than I was expecting, I didn't think this League would attract the level of good players that has. The local content has really been quite limited though - I think there maybe too many imports in each team & its dwarfing the local content?

  • on February 14, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I dont understand the snub from cricinfo on the BPL. I have to scroll down on the homepage to get to a BPL article everyday, let alone the expectation of live commentary text. I believe there is a high demand for the tournament globally and is justified by the consistentency of the keyword on your popular searches.

  • Busie1979 on February 14, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    There are too many T20 competitions. They should all be merged into one super-comp.

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    BD players are also performing but not with the bat with the balls. T20 cricket is all about batsmen game. That is why, we do not notice the performances by bowlers. Look at Mashrafee's speel today, 4-20-2 with 5 runs per over, is it not a very good performance in terms of T20 cricket? Look at Shakib ans Elias Sunny and Nazmul Islam Apu etc. All of them have some brilliant performance with the ball.

    Also this is first edition of BPL and teams did not have that much time to work out with the whole teams. Indian young players did not started shinning in the first IPL. So, our young players will also start performing well, they just need adapt with it, need time. Hope from next BPL. It's a good start though.

  • on February 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    chris gayle is the greatest hitter of all times

  • on February 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    i think if dhaka can manage to go to the semis then they can be called champions coz after that AFRIDI & AJMAL will arrive & thus it will make this team almost unbeatable..

  • tunablue on February 14, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    The big man Chris continues to impress....7 T20 centuries and counting

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Good to see Mash in form.

  • cric4zh on February 14, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    as a bd fan! so far i`m not so happy with over all performance by the local players, hope they will show their ability rest of the matches.

  • on February 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    We expect more coverage on BPL at Cricinfo.

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Barisal! You can go home with your Gayle because Gladiators are coming. Run! Save yourselves!

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    396 Runs in one match ! It was outstanding match. And also Gayle's batting was Awesome.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    we will get Dhaka next time around.

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  • on February 14, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    we will get Dhaka next time around.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    396 Runs in one match ! It was outstanding match. And also Gayle's batting was Awesome.

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Barisal! You can go home with your Gayle because Gladiators are coming. Run! Save yourselves!

  • on February 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    We expect more coverage on BPL at Cricinfo.

  • cric4zh on February 14, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    as a bd fan! so far i`m not so happy with over all performance by the local players, hope they will show their ability rest of the matches.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Good to see Mash in form.

  • tunablue on February 14, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    The big man Chris continues to impress....7 T20 centuries and counting

  • on February 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    i think if dhaka can manage to go to the semis then they can be called champions coz after that AFRIDI & AJMAL will arrive & thus it will make this team almost unbeatable..

  • on February 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    chris gayle is the greatest hitter of all times

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    BD players are also performing but not with the bat with the balls. T20 cricket is all about batsmen game. That is why, we do not notice the performances by bowlers. Look at Mashrafee's speel today, 4-20-2 with 5 runs per over, is it not a very good performance in terms of T20 cricket? Look at Shakib ans Elias Sunny and Nazmul Islam Apu etc. All of them have some brilliant performance with the ball.

    Also this is first edition of BPL and teams did not have that much time to work out with the whole teams. Indian young players did not started shinning in the first IPL. So, our young players will also start performing well, they just need adapt with it, need time. Hope from next BPL. It's a good start though.