Dhaka v Rajshahi, BPL, Mirpur February 27, 2012

Sami, Mushfiqur star in tense Rajshahi win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Duronto Rajshahi 120 for 7 (Mushfiqur 40*) beat Dhaka Gladiators 116 (Sami 5-6) by three wickets

Duronto Rajshahi have finished top of the Bangladesh Premier League table after winning what ended up being a tense match against Dhaka Gladiators in Mirpur. Dhaka also qualify as they have a better run-rate than Chittagong Kings. Mohammad Sami had remarkable figures of 5 for 6 as Dhaka were shot out for 116, but Rajshahi stuttered in the chase and needed captain Mushfiqur Rahim to score 40 not out as they won in the final over.

Sami had ripped through the Dhaka line-up, causing them to collapse from 59 for 2 to 116 all out in 18.2 overs. All of Sami's wickets were either lbw or bowled.

The chase looked a simple one, but Rajshahi slipped to 80 for 6. Mushfiqur stitched together a 32-run partnership with Soumya Sarkar to get Rajshahi close. Sarkar's dismissal in the 19th over meant the match was pushed into the final over. Sami, who had been the star with the ball, came in and scored 3 off 3 balls with the bat to help Mushfiqur get Rajshahi over the line.

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  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2012, 16:55 GMT


  • Usman on February 27, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    please explain this to me...barisal has a higher NRR than chittagong...+0.178 for Barisal vs. +0.078 for Chittagong...yet Chittagong has gone through to the semis...how has this happened????

  • Muhammad Rakibul on February 27, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Duronto started their campaign in a poor way but finished 1st round gorgeously. Gladiators' per4mance is unsatisfactory now. Anyway, hope Afridi will play 4 Gladiators at knockout stage.

  • Rizwan on February 27, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    It good to see the most consistently performing division in the league doing the best in this T20 circus too. Dhaka & Chittagong may take some lesson from it, having the best facilities & most academies, clubs & financial backups won't ensure dominance.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Four Semifinalist 1. Rajshahi 2. Khulna 3. Dhaka 4. Chittagong

    Barisal is out. Because among Barisal, dhaka , chittagong and khulna 12 match has been played Khulna won 4 Dhaka and Chittagong won 3 each Barisal won 2

    Bad luck for Barisal.

  • aamir on February 27, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    The way Sami is bowling, he should be considered in the Pakistan team. I hope he has learnt from previous experience. He has never had an injury problem and is a very good fielder. He is also a handy batsman.

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