Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, Final February 28, 2012

Inaugural BPL trophy up for grabs

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Match facts

February 29, Mirpur
Start time 1800 local (1200 GMT)

Big Picture

With so much of the spotlight on controversies, a proper cricketing final would be a solace for the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Thankfully, two very entertaining Twenty20 teams, Barisal Burners and Dhaka Gladiators, will go head-on in the final in front of what is expected to be a sellout crowd.

Barisal have gone through a lot to finally arrive in the final, an ascent that some predicted with Chris Gayle in the line-up initially. But even though they have missed Gayle and his power-hitting since the end of the tournament's first week, they have progressed to the title clash. One of their main strengths is the captaincy of Brad Hodge, who has stood out as a leader who can influence the proceedings with his clever tactics.

Dhaka, on the other hand, rely on all-out aggression. Imran Nazir, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Ashraful, Shahid Afridi, and Saeed Ajmal are all attacking players who can single-handedly change the course of the final.

It promises to be a game that can go either way, even if a team does score really big in the first innings. If they don't, expect a scrappy chase.

In the spotlight

Barisal's Ahmed Shehzad is the highest scorer in the competition after his murderous 113 off 49 deliveries in the semifinal against Duronto Rajshahi. His previous six innings in the tournament include a hundred, two half-centuries and two forties.

Dhaka's left-arm spinner Elias Sunny currently shares top spot on the wicket-takers' list with Mohammad Sami. He played an important role in the semi-final with a double-strike in his first over - the dimissal of both Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith put Khulna Royal Bengals' chase under tremendous pressure.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Barisal -- WWLWW
Dhaka -- WLWLW

Head to head

Dhaka won both games against Barisal in the league phase - the first by 21 runs, despite a blistering Gayle century, and then by five wickets, a game Kieron Pollard finished off in style with a 17-ball 35.

Chatter

"Justice was finally done."
Brad Hodge after the semi-final win over Rajshahi.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • FIPL on February 29, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @ srinideva: Which class??? 2nd or 3rd Class

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    GGG! Go Gladiators Go!!! Hope AAA (Ashraful, Afridi, Ajmal) can per4m their best.

  • Neutral.fan on February 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Afridi looks Sexy with that DGs funky orange gears. BPL organizers did a great job to make it happen in a very short notice. As they are organizing for the first time, there may have some glitches here and there, hope they will take it as a lesson learned. I enjoyed BPL more than IPL; the main difference I find BPL is an opportunity for every good cricketers regardless their race or origin or nationality!

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    we wishes to dhaka gladiators with all bangladeshi criket sapoters..thanks all best of luke dhaka...

  • MAmir01 on February 29, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    As a Pakistani I would like to congratulate Bangladesh for organizing such a wonderful and interesting tournament which glued us to the TV screen every time the match was on. I think Pakistani players should not consider joining IPL in future and stick to BPL

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @ Srinideva....U've got no idea......just wait and see....time will say......

  • tigeroar on February 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    the BPL has been great to watch, better than the ipl for mine which seems to try too hard.. the pakistanis are great to watch in this format

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad should NEVER have been dropped from the Pak team after 2 Odi tons to his name. Get him back in as limited overs opener. He is class already at the age of 20.

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    it's an obviously inteligent game ; knows everyone ; so in cv series india doesn't shown it.

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    good work by bd govt. and organizers it was a great to see tigers palyer proferming well

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