Rajshahi v Khulna, BPL, Mirpur

Rajshahi storm into semi-finals

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 26, 2012

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Duronto Rajshahi 110 for 2 (Samuels 50) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 106 (Sami 3-16, Ervine 3-19) by eight wickets

Sean Ervine (far left) is congratulated on dismissing Niall O'Brien, Khulna Royal Bengals v Duronto Rajshahi, Bangladesh Premier League 2012, Mirpur, February 26, 2012
Sean Ervine (far left) took three wickets to wreck Khulna's middle order © BPL T20

Three wickets each from Mohammad Sami and Sean Ervine helped Duronto Rajshahi thrash Khulna Royal Bengals in Mirpur, and become the first team to qualify for the Bangladesh Premier League semi-finals. Rajshahi shot Khulna out for 106, and they reached the target in just 14.1 overs thanks to a blazing 28 from Shahzaib Hasan and a half-century from Marlon Samuels.

Rajshahi got off to an ideal start when Sami trapped Sanath Jayasuriya lbw with the second ball of the match. They stayed on top for the length of the game. Herschelle Gibbs was dismissed by Abdul Razzaq and then Ervine struck three times to cause a middle-order collapse. Sami came back to wipe out the tail and Khulna were bowled out in 18.5 overs.

The chase was straightforward. Hasan gave Rajshahi a blazing start, and Samuels kept the momentum going, scoring 50 off 38 balls. Shakib Al Hasan was impressive again, bowling his four overs for just 17 runs, and dismissing Hasan, but Rajshahi were always comfortable in the chase.

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Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

congr8z Rajshashi :D

Posted by szaidi on (February 27, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

How the hell SM Ervin got the man of match award. 3 wickets for 19 Runs while Sami get 3 Wickets for 15 run and two Catches deserves man of the match award.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

who cares........................................................!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by cric_bd on (February 26, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

most boring batting line up of bpl..... thats khulna:............andre russel was only there best hitting scorer......i cant believe wat they show in semis..........chandarpaul........gibbs......smith.....jayasuriya..........these are khulnas top order.......seem the selelectors of khulna stop watching cricket scince 2004........coz if bpl held in that time then these player must made khulna champion of bpl2004 but this is bpl2012.........lets hope sakib nd smith...... al d best...... some times bad cricket brings good result 4 teams,,,,,,,,,

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 26, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Congrtz Rajshahi to confirm Semi-final spot with 1 match in hand. Duronto started their campaign poorly with 2 consecutive losses. What a comeback 4m that Situation! Now they seems like strongest side in BPL. They can make some experiments ahead of Semifinal in their 10th game against Gladiators.

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