Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, Dhaka February 25, 2012

Nazir and Mahmood fashion Dhaka win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dhaka Gladiators 160 for 5 (Nazir 65, Mahmood 42) beat Barisal Burners 156 for 6 (Shehzad 51, Naved 2-22) by five wickets

The race for the semi-finals got tighter as Dhaka Gladiators became the fourth team to be tied on ten points after Saturday's opening match in Mirpur. It was a comfortable five-wicket win against Barisal Burners, led by contributions from Imran Nazir, Azhar Mahmood and Kieron Pollard.

Barisal had a good platform set by the opener Ahmed Shehzad, who hit 51, off 39 balls. Naved-ul-Hasan bowled economically, taking 2 for 22 off four overs to restrict Barisal to 156. England's Phil Mustard hit 33 off 23 balls before he was dismissed by the part-timer Mohammad Ashraful.

Dhaka were in trouble at 11 for 2, but the Pakistan duo of Nazir and Mahmood put them firmly on course with a stand of 92 for the third wicket. Mahmood made 42 off 30 balls, while Nazir made 65 before he was dismissed by Suhrawadi Shuvo. There was a minor jitter at 112 for 5, but Pollard ensured Dhaka crossed the finish line without any further loss of wickets.

The only sore point for Dhaka was that their captain Mashrafe Mortaza was fined BDT 25,000 for a slow over-rate in Friday's game against Chittagong Kings.