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

Gladiators outgun Chris Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dhaka Gladiators 208 for 5 (Mahmood 77*, Nazir 58) beat Barisal Burners 187 for 5 (Gayle 116) by 21 runs

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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  • Deepak on February 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Joel 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.

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Can anyone answer me why our 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)

  • Mohd 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...

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