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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • 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.

  • Tokai69 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

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

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Tokai69 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

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

  • on February 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT

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

  • nasimmushtaque on February 29, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Yes, it seems to be fitted FINAL one side there is Ahmed Shehzad (some similarity with out NEW STAR KOHLI) and other side is FLOP Afridi, Hit & Mis Imran Nazir, Chew-gum Boy Saeed Ajmal, hope this is good final and free from any controversy. I like to see Ahmed is included in the Pakistan Asia Cup Team. All the best to every one.

  • on February 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    What a huge moment for us !! Undoubtedly, BD cricket team will get the fruit of this BPL to yield some talented youngsters as the Indian team get from that of IPL. Thanks to the BD authority for offering such a festive occasion of T20 DHAMAKA to the country people and to the cricket lovers through out the world .

  • Inaz on February 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @Shahidullah Khandaker I got the same question mate. I am a Srilankan and I am a big fan of Asif Ahmed and Anamul haque. Love to see these two guyz representing bangladesh national team very soon

  • on February 29, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    my best wishes for Barisal Burners

  • on February 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Good to see the Pakistani players performing so well in the BPL; just shows us exactly what is missing from the current incarnation of the IPL. Ahmed Shahzad has really shown his worth in the shorter format, and hopefully the national selectors will have taken note of his talent.

  • srinideva on February 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Don`t even think about comparing this to INDIAN P League..

    IPL is class...as always

  • srinideva on February 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Winneres of this tornament will gonna play aginst the an IPL team which stands in the bottom of the Points table in IPL 5. LOL any team from IPL can beat this BPL champinon.

    What about CSK? Hoooo.... two times IPL Champs and one time CL champ.

  • on February 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Does any body know why the highest scorer of 2011 NCL Asif Ahmed (Dhaka Metropolis) is NOT playing in BPL?

  • Wazirabadi on February 29, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I am enjoying BPL more than I ever enjoyed IPL. The crowd and the organizers have been tremendous. BPL have attracted audience of all age groups. It has right number of teams, tournament is short, it's full of action. Unlike Indian cricket board, BCB is not trying to milk it dry. Well Done BD, already you have heroes, Inshallah they will become bigger star in the near future. Yesterday I was surprised to see Hafeez, Afridi, Azam, Ajmal playing in semi's. They must have flown directly from Abdu Dubai stadium to Dhaka. i am going home early to watch the final.

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This match shall be a real tough competition. Real test of nerves. Barisal has better chances. BCB should start a continuous league like English Premier League instead of a tournament. I mean 2 matches on weekends 1on Saturday and other on Sunday and it should start on start of season and end on the end of season. It shall be a better competition than this tournament :)

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Afridi including is increasing boost for Gladiators

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    best of luck afridi khan

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Would like to thank BPL for so many Pakistani players participating in it.Just shows the class Pakistanis have in t20 cricket and leaves no question to why they should`nt be a part of IPL.Other than that,its been a fantastic tournament.Best of luck to both teams!

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    best of luck to afridi,

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    PBL I hope today final matchfaver dhaka .

  • on February 29, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    I like dhaka and also bpl thankx bangladesh cricket board for organize bpl inshaallah dhaka win this final geo pakistan,bangladesh and bpl,,

  • DataQue on February 29, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    IPL sucks and I hope it shuts down... BPL is the next happening thing... Keep the Indian players out of BLP; they can watch the tournament on the TV...

  • on February 29, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Winner will play champions league or not?

  • on February 29, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    @asadullah Barisal has a higher runrate and has equal points of Chittagong..... they shud b in d semis widout doubt???

  • on February 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    What is unfair here?? This is not some happy ending event for all. Some will win and some will go back to their sea beach. Unfairness is a matter of relativity.

  • on February 29, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Great Tournament, Lovely to watch....

  • on February 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Im pakistani but honestly i like Shakib-ul-Hasan game and yes Ashraful is also best player in bhangladesh team. I am sure after this league there will be much more imporvement in Bangladesh Cricket and yes Thankx Bangladesh Cricket Board for letting their team to Pakistan. BPL ZINDAABAD

  • on February 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    double B didn't ask for it. it was a decision taken by the board...

  • on February 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @bigdhonifan I think you are enjoying India's winning streak in Australia, thats why you think that tournament is boring.

  • on February 28, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @bigdhonifan on (February 28 2012, 20:09 PM GMT), If it is a boring tournament to you, why you are in this page?

  • on February 28, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MAN?????HAVE U ANY IDEA?????HAVE EVER SEEN SUCH SO CALLED HEAD TO HEAD RULES IN ANY LEAGUE OF CRIC TOURNAMENT. GIVE IT A BREAK MAN. DO SOME GOOGLING AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT CRICKET LEAGUES.

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    BPL is a great success for the young organisers ,Hope things will get better next time.

  • bigdhonifan on February 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Absolute Boring Tournament. TV coverage is of no quality.

  • on February 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    It will be a dream match surely.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    If gayle made it to finals..It would have been an absolute fun . Dhaka on the paper a stronger team. But you never know..Shehzad and hodge.. Vs Afridi Ajmal Mehmood

    Bring it ON !!

  • muannis on February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    One have to understand that this is the inaugural edition of BPL and it has few flaws but even IPL in its 5th edition still facing many controversial issues . I believe in next edition BPL will overcome its short-comings.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Please publish the live commentary of the final. Love to read the situation and hav missed the fun of ur commentary throughout the tournament

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    What justice is hodge talking about? They were unfairly allowed to progress to the semi-final stage, is this what he is referring to?

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  • on February 28, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    What justice is hodge talking about? They were unfairly allowed to progress to the semi-final stage, is this what he is referring to?

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Please publish the live commentary of the final. Love to read the situation and hav missed the fun of ur commentary throughout the tournament

  • muannis on February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    One have to understand that this is the inaugural edition of BPL and it has few flaws but even IPL in its 5th edition still facing many controversial issues . I believe in next edition BPL will overcome its short-comings.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    If gayle made it to finals..It would have been an absolute fun . Dhaka on the paper a stronger team. But you never know..Shehzad and hodge.. Vs Afridi Ajmal Mehmood

    Bring it ON !!

  • on February 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    It will be a dream match surely.

  • bigdhonifan on February 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Absolute Boring Tournament. TV coverage is of no quality.

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    BPL is a great success for the young organisers ,Hope things will get better next time.

  • on February 28, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MAN?????HAVE U ANY IDEA?????HAVE EVER SEEN SUCH SO CALLED HEAD TO HEAD RULES IN ANY LEAGUE OF CRIC TOURNAMENT. GIVE IT A BREAK MAN. DO SOME GOOGLING AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT CRICKET LEAGUES.

  • on February 28, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @bigdhonifan on (February 28 2012, 20:09 PM GMT), If it is a boring tournament to you, why you are in this page?

  • on February 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @bigdhonifan I think you are enjoying India's winning streak in Australia, thats why you think that tournament is boring.