Dhaka Gladiators v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL, Chittagong February 19, 2012

Chanderpaul blows Dhaka away

ESPNcricinfo staff

Khulna Royal Bengals 141 for 3 (Chanderpaul 87*, Shakib 39) beat Dhaka Gladiators 140 for 8 (Ashraful 53, Jayasuriya 2-25) by seven wickets

Mohammad Ashraful made his first half-century of the BPL but his effort was in vain as Shivnarine Chanderpaul led Khulna Royal Bengals to an easy win over Dhaka Gladiators in Chittagong.

Ashraful took 42 balls for his 53 and batted till the 19th over but Dhaka could not build on his 55-run second-wicket stand with Azhar Mahmood. Ashraful and Mahmood gave Dhaka a solid start after Imran Nazir had departed off the second ball of the match. Mahmood was run out after making 33 off 24 with the score on 58 in the seventh over. Kieron Pollard hit a six but was caught behind off Abdur Razzak for 10. Each of the six Khulna bowlers got a wicket as Dhaka were restricted to 140 for 8.

Dhaka made a bright start with the ball when Sanath Jayasuriya was trapped lbw by Mahmood in the second over. Dwayne Smith was bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza in the third over as Khulna slipped to 15 for 2.

But Chanderpaul and captain Shakib Al Hasan shut Dhaka out of the game with a 94-run partnership in 65 balls. Chanderpaul dominated the stand and smashed 12 boundaries in making an unbeaten 87 off 49. Though Shakib fell for 39, there was no stopping Chanderpaul as the win came in the 17th over.

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  • Douglas on February 21, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    This is the position WI need to play Chanderpaul in the shorter form of the game - opening the batting. He has always been prolific when asked to open. Come to think of it , he should open the batting period - in all forms of the game , and let the bowlers concentrate on the other guys.Then, wickets can only tumble on one end, and who knows, maybe somebody stand up with him, and we get a thing going. Unless Gibson tries to be batting coach again!

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Bitter sweet for Chanderpaul -- a prolific batsman with world wide recognition but a subtle one at home. I always thought WI had the batting but lacking in the bowling department during the Dyson era -- we had batsmen and an allrounder in the top 20 but no bowler came close with the exception for Fidel (Castro). Now the enormous talent of Chris Gayle is being ruined by WICB with respect to ICC rankings. This treatment is not synonymous but worse than that of a step child...

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Ashraful played wonderful but His fifty couldn't save Dhaka Gladiators... KRB'S player Chanderpaul and Shakib were too strong for Dahaka....its good to see KRB leading the score point table...

  • John on February 20, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Noteworthy innings from someone who has a bit of a reputation as a plodder.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    haha!all west indian players play their best when they are not playing for west indies

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Walton has got their reward of showing stupid behavior to players.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on February 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    There r to notable achievements in this match. Test Specialist Chanderpaul played his career best t-20 knock in a T-20 style. And off-form Ashraful scored his 3rd t-20 fifty to regain his form.

  • jaswant on February 19, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    WI selectors should pay some attention to Chanderpaul"s performance in the BPL 20/20 series.This is his second fifty, with a match winning score of 87 not out in just 49 balls .

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    good to see. nice going BPL.

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