Dhaka Gladiators v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, Mirpur February 16, 2012

Three wins in a row for Rajshahi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Duronto Rajshahi 144 (Samuels 36) beat Dhaka Gladiators 130 for 7 (Nazir 54*, Sami 3-23) by 14 runs

Duronto Rajshahi continued an impressive revival with their third victory on the trot, to move up to joint-second on the points table. A tight penultimate over from Abdul Razzaq and a final-over hat-trick from Mohammad Sami helped them end Dhaka Gladiators' three-game winning streak.

After Rajshahi were sent in to bat, their openers Shahzaib Hasan and Junaid Siddique raced to 45 in five overs before the innings lost momentum. Both openers and new recruit Khalid Latif, the Pakistan batsman playing his first match in the league, were dismissed in the space of 10 runs. Marlon Samuels then steered the innings, top scoring with a 38-ball 36. While it wasn't the most frenetic of innings, it was one Rajshahi needed as none of Samuels' partners lasted long, so much so that the team was bowled out for 144.

It might have seemed a straightforward target for Dhaka's array of big-hitters, but even though Imran Nazir batted through the innings they ended up short. The chase began smoothly with a solid opening stand, before being interrupted due to a power failure at the stadium. The asking-rate began to climb after that, but Dhaka were still in with a chance, especially when Kieron Pollard and Nazir were in the middle.

Latif contributed with a smart catch of Pollard at the boundary in the 17th over but Dhaka stayed alive by taking 14 off Sami's next over. Sami will get plenty of headlines for getting the first hat-trick of the league, but the game-changing over was the penultimate one from Razzaq. Coming on to bowl when 26 was needed off two overs, Razzaq gave away only five runs leaving Dhaka an almost impossible 21 to get off the final over. Sami knocked over the stumps off three successive deliveries to confirm the victory for Rajshahi.

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  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    what ashraful doing is doing in the team........all bad

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Congrates to Duronto Rajshah!! They played awesome.. But Dhaka Gladiators still ahead of game!! C'MON DHAKA still we can win BPL 2012!!

  • Muhammad on February 17, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    BPL had more attraction and will improve in next addition because world seeing Pakistani Players in Action!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @andymaksh : Yes a few local talents have attracted our attention. For ex: Anamul of Dhaka Gladiators, Ziaur of Ctg Kings, Elias Sunny of DG and Arafat Sunny of CTG kings

  • Abdul on February 17, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    A. Razaq is still in form. let open the innings in next few games. he would be lethal to fast bowelers but poor against spin. So dont waste his abilities aginst fast bowling. Razzaq should attack at the his start, he wastes many dot balls.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    BPL going very well....everybody enjoying it.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    @foursandsixes...I watched this game on TV.. The crowd for this game was around 17,500. The atmosphere was very good... Great game...The pitch played it's part in Dhaka loss.

  • Anand on February 16, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    foursandsixes, its a file photo, not from this game. Question to the Bangladeshi fans: Are there any exciting new talents from Bangladesh being found in the tournament so far? Particularly batting talents? All I see are the pakistani and other foreign nationals making key contributions. Just curious, as I am a Bangla supporter (from India though).

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    dhaka... try to play according to ur player..why karzavve played in the middle order??he is nt a good player against spin..so he must open the innings when pace attack..and anamul in middle order for spin..and ashraful why u playing to many dot ball?? no planing...all bad

  • Satish on February 16, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Just curious, why isn't anyone in the stands and watching? (photograph shows empty stands)

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