Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, Final February 29, 2012

Dhaka Gladiators crowned BPL's first champions

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Dhaka Gladiators 144 for 2 (Nazir 75, Anamul 49*) beat Barisal Burners 140 for 7 (Hodge 70*, Afridi 3-23) by eight wickets
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Dhaka Gladiators won the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League by bringing out their A-game in the knockout stages of the tournament. They took only 15.4 overs to overhaul the Barisal Burners total and complete a eight-wicket win in front of a packed Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

The gulf between the two teams was evident as the Pakistan-heavy Gladiators had a lot more to offer with bat and ball compared to the top-heavy Burners, who could only score 140 for 7 in 20 overs. Gladiators' young Anamul Haque was the only local player to impress, scoring 49 off 38 balls with five fours and a six. He sealed the victory for the home team with a lofted on-drive against left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam with 26 balls to spare.

Anamul added 110 for the second wicket with the opener Imran Nazir, who hammered six fours and six sixes in his 43-ball 75. That partnership ensured victory for Gladiators, whose turnaround in the tournament in the knockout stages coincided with the arrival of Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal.

The Burners' defence of their modest total suffered because of poor catching. Mohammad Mithun, a wicketkeeper who was auctioned for $80,000, had a terrible time under the lights. Fielding in the deep, he dropped Nazimuddin twice at deep square-leg off consecutive Kabir Ali deliveries in the second over.

Their problems weren't restricted to poor catching and bowling. The Burners' batting also suffered from early losses. As soon as Ahmed Shehzad fell for 28 in the fifth over by failing to clear mid-off, and Phil Mustard followed by getting trapped leg-before by Saeed Ajmal, it was all down to the captain Brad Hodge.

The Australia batsman didn't disappoint, hitting four boundaries and four sixes in his unbeaten 51-ball 70. Hodge, despite his efforts, couldn't put together a decent partnership against a high quality bowling attack as the rest simply wilted.

The Burners also benefited from some slip-ups in the field, with Gladiators' Dhiman Ghosh topping the list of offenders. The wicketkeeper first dropped a skier from Shehzad before missing a stumping off Ajmal, but he made amends with a reflex catch off a ripper from Afridi. Later, even Afridi and Azhar Mahmood dropped a skier each.

In the end, it was the Gladiators' star power that took them through. Their efforts to keep some Dhaka players in the line-up paid off as Mohammad Ashraful, Elias Sunny and Anamul all performed well. It was disappointing that no Barisal-born players were given enough opportunities in the Burners line-ups throughout the tournament.

But as far as a Twenty20 jamboree goes, some of the cricket was breathtaking, though the off-field issues will remain the talking point till the next edition.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I do not know why you people are running after raising dispute about the man of the series. Its Sakib who really deserve it. Look at the statistics: Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over). & Azhar-11 innings(2 not out)-298runs (33.1 avg)-10 wickets(8.3 per over). Now be fair and take decision. Even he was leading the team in the front having some glorious victory by himself only. You better pray to allah so that the tournament goes year after year and more Pakistani will be there to snatch it from Sakib. Best of luck BPL. Best of Luck Sakib Al Hasan, The Number 1 Al Rounder in both form of cricket in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Asia Cup tournament is around the corner, and this is my best 11 for BD: (1) Tamim Iqbal, (2) Junaid Siddiqui, (3) Asif Ahmed/Dhiman Ghosh, (4) Ashraful, (5) Shakib, (6) Mushfiqur, (7) Mahmudullah, (8) Anamul/Alok Kapali, (9) Ilias Sunny, (10) Mashrafe, (11) Shafiul/Syed Rassel/Nazmul.

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | March 1, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    good tournament . Its impressive a cricket developing nation like bangladesh organised this , well done. I believe next tournaments there will have more quality. Couple of uncapped local boys seems to have more potential than some of the players in bangladesh team. I think they should be given chance for asia cup .

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    i am from PAKISTAN .. shakib deserve this he is a good player in all aspect! can anyone tell me that there are rumours about the winner of BPL will play in CCL OR IPL??

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @Kazi Shadhin: ya big money spins in ipl but its also the quality of cricket which u have to mention here, we can't see fielding blunders, some insane bowling and batting in the ipl like what we saw in the BPL

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Some of PAK fan try to underestimate Sakib Al Hasan of gaining Man of the Series... Always a all rounder got best chance to be Man of the series..See in WC 96 & 99...Sakib certainly showed better performance than any all rounder...And PAK fan should be grateful that IPL didn't give chance any Pak player but BPL gave best chance all those PAK player who r behind the scene lilk Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehjad, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Maehmood ....also BPL create facilities to the non playing test country player........

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @nadir rahman& Erum malik- Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over)...in addition 2 that he captained khulna royal bengals to the semis as the team with the second highest points....even in the match that they lost in the semi against dhaka gladiators...he scored 80+ not out in 40 odd balls...hitting consecutive sixes to azhar mahmood and also off the bowling of ajmal....shehzad and mahmood certainly played outstanding through out the tournament but i think Shakib deserved the award @ all the critics- This tournament was organized in a space of 1 and a half months...atleast it was about cricket and not the joke that we see in IPL where its more abt bollywood stars....our cricket board made it MANDATORY for teams to have atleast 1 Player from the associate nations to be kept in the team...this will contribute 2 cricket unlike IPL which is all abt da money

  • POSTED BY azmal007 on | March 1, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @ Nadir Rahim: Brother, try to find your answer in my previous comment.

  • POSTED BY muannis on | March 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    1. Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over). 2. Azhar-11 innings(2 not out)-298runs (33.1 avg)-10 wickets(8.3 per over). So, it is fair enough for Sakib being the Man of the tournament. Anyway. great tournament all the way. Geo BPL !!!

  • POSTED BY Hanz018 on | March 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    definitely & most definitely, i have enjoyed this tournament more than any other tournament. it's sad to see.....cricinfo is always after India and their tournaments; even if that helds on a mountain with some retired players!! shame on cricinfo......!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I do not know why you people are running after raising dispute about the man of the series. Its Sakib who really deserve it. Look at the statistics: Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over). & Azhar-11 innings(2 not out)-298runs (33.1 avg)-10 wickets(8.3 per over). Now be fair and take decision. Even he was leading the team in the front having some glorious victory by himself only. You better pray to allah so that the tournament goes year after year and more Pakistani will be there to snatch it from Sakib. Best of luck BPL. Best of Luck Sakib Al Hasan, The Number 1 Al Rounder in both form of cricket in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Asia Cup tournament is around the corner, and this is my best 11 for BD: (1) Tamim Iqbal, (2) Junaid Siddiqui, (3) Asif Ahmed/Dhiman Ghosh, (4) Ashraful, (5) Shakib, (6) Mushfiqur, (7) Mahmudullah, (8) Anamul/Alok Kapali, (9) Ilias Sunny, (10) Mashrafe, (11) Shafiul/Syed Rassel/Nazmul.

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | March 1, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    good tournament . Its impressive a cricket developing nation like bangladesh organised this , well done. I believe next tournaments there will have more quality. Couple of uncapped local boys seems to have more potential than some of the players in bangladesh team. I think they should be given chance for asia cup .

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    i am from PAKISTAN .. shakib deserve this he is a good player in all aspect! can anyone tell me that there are rumours about the winner of BPL will play in CCL OR IPL??

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @Kazi Shadhin: ya big money spins in ipl but its also the quality of cricket which u have to mention here, we can't see fielding blunders, some insane bowling and batting in the ipl like what we saw in the BPL

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Some of PAK fan try to underestimate Sakib Al Hasan of gaining Man of the Series... Always a all rounder got best chance to be Man of the series..See in WC 96 & 99...Sakib certainly showed better performance than any all rounder...And PAK fan should be grateful that IPL didn't give chance any Pak player but BPL gave best chance all those PAK player who r behind the scene lilk Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehjad, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Maehmood ....also BPL create facilities to the non playing test country player........

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @nadir rahman& Erum malik- Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over)...in addition 2 that he captained khulna royal bengals to the semis as the team with the second highest points....even in the match that they lost in the semi against dhaka gladiators...he scored 80+ not out in 40 odd balls...hitting consecutive sixes to azhar mahmood and also off the bowling of ajmal....shehzad and mahmood certainly played outstanding through out the tournament but i think Shakib deserved the award @ all the critics- This tournament was organized in a space of 1 and a half months...atleast it was about cricket and not the joke that we see in IPL where its more abt bollywood stars....our cricket board made it MANDATORY for teams to have atleast 1 Player from the associate nations to be kept in the team...this will contribute 2 cricket unlike IPL which is all abt da money

  • POSTED BY azmal007 on | March 1, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @ Nadir Rahim: Brother, try to find your answer in my previous comment.

  • POSTED BY muannis on | March 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    1. Sakib- 11 innings(4 not out)-280 runs(40.0 avg)-15 wickets(7.1 per over). 2. Azhar-11 innings(2 not out)-298runs (33.1 avg)-10 wickets(8.3 per over). So, it is fair enough for Sakib being the Man of the tournament. Anyway. great tournament all the way. Geo BPL !!!

  • POSTED BY Hanz018 on | March 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    definitely & most definitely, i have enjoyed this tournament more than any other tournament. it's sad to see.....cricinfo is always after India and their tournaments; even if that helds on a mountain with some retired players!! shame on cricinfo......!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Its been a great tournament.But I`m confused to why Shakib-Al hassan was man of the tournament.I mean he was good but was nowhere near to the best.Ahmed Shehzad or Azhar Mahmood deserved the award.Apart from that,fantastic cricket.Loved every bit of it and hope to see more action next time as well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    i have some doubt whether they would be able to perform at the international level like the champions league

  • POSTED BY azmal007 on | March 1, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    people who have any doubt about shakib's being the man of the series can go through the performance statistics in www.bplt20.com.bd & can have a neutral minded look on it. We all know that the award of man of the series usually goes to an all-rounding performer. And the statistics clearly prove that he'as on top of every one. Now, if anybody still bears hesitations, they can recall the memory of 1999 WC where Lance Klusener was the Man of the series.

  • POSTED BY homesamigo on | March 1, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    What an exhilarating tournament! I absolutely loved the competitive spirit shown by some of the Bangladeshi youngsters. As a Pakistani supporter it was great seeing our superstars participate in a mixed-nation Twenty20 competition. I'm glad this tournament was able to bring some focus on Bangladesh as a cricketing nation because they have some very talented cricketers. Although there may have been some criticism of a lack of organization, we must realize it was a major achievement for a nation still developing their cricket to organize a global event such as the one we just experienced. I hope future tournaments will feature an even more diverse look featuring players from other nations. It would be great to see some players some of the emerging Associate nations such as Afghanistan, etc. Congratulations to Dhaka Gladiators on a well deserved victory, the other teams for their competitive spirit and of course, to the Bangladesh Cricket Association and to the Bangladeshi people!

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @Resalat : LOL, if you think those two can repeat these feats in the intl stage against 'classy' opponents then you are absolutely wrong bro!! they were striking the ball cleanly i agree, but no way they wont be able to do it against better bowling attacks and better fielding units in the intl stage!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    imran nazeer i want in to national team real boom boom

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad scored most run, Mohd Sami took most wickets and Azhar Mehmood was the best all-rounder. So, why they gave car to Sakib al hasan??? Because he is from Bangladesh? This is favoritism and just stupid. They should give credit where its due.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Congrats to the winning team. :)

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 1, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @ Sparsh_The_Player, only 3 uncapped BD players can b mentioned 4 their per4maces- Arafat Sunny, Anamul & Mominul.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    It was disappointing news regarding BPL was not featured on the top of cricinfo homepage.

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | March 1, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    congratulation Bangla for success BPL, also congrates to Dakha won,,,,Imran nazir ,Ahmed shahzad, Sami, Kamran with Shakib ul hassan impressed..cay on guys...

    Blind PCB need to open eyes and chose these instead of Baba e Tuk Tuk ...misbah..please.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Shakib deserved the man of the series for his batting, bowling and captaincy....

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    As I see the performance in BPL and current Pak team in T20 world my team will be 01.Ahmed Shahzad 02.Imran Nazir 03.Azhar Mahmood/Abdul Razzaq/Hammad Azam 04.Asad Shafique 05.Umar Akmal 06.Kamran Akmal (wk) 07.Shahid Afridi 08.Muhammad Hafeez (c) 09.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammad Sami/Aizaz Cheema/Abdur Rehman

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @Waleed Hafeez What logic says ? that ? he certainly did not score 250+ runs, did not take 15 wickets, neither did he lead a team, and played a massive 86 from 40 balls in the semi-finals under pressure. Well, the man of the series did. How do u think he deserved it more ?

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | March 1, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Good one Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shahzad. Hoping to see you back in Pakistan Twenty20 squad. It's not the age as much as how you keep yourself fit. Well played Azhar. Bangaldesh players did real well too.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Congratulation Dhaka Gladiators

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Its interesting how Cricinfo have the BPL news on the 2nd or even 3rd category but off course the issue of some players not getting paid became the front page news, LOL. can you be anymore obvious? i am sure my comment wont be posted either.

  • POSTED BY reyme on | March 1, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Excellent touranament ends with a great success. We saw some of the best T20 players in action including Gayle and Afridi. Congrats BCB and Dhaka Gladiators. Hope to see you in CLT20!

  • POSTED BY newyork2011 on | February 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Overall a Great Tournament. Congratulations to Bangladesh and the BPL Officers. The tournament has made the selection for the Pakistan T-20 task very interesting. The team should be from the following players; Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Mehmood, Mohd, Sami, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal

  • POSTED BY newyork2011 on | February 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Overall a Great Tournament. Congratulations to Bangladesh and the BPL Officers. The tournament has made the selection for the Pakistan T-20 task very interesting. The team should be from the following players; Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Mehmood, Mohd, Sami, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal

  • POSTED BY tsarnick on | February 29, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    One might have thought that Brad Hodge would be a good selection for Australia's T20 squad, however I'm sure the super-geniuses at Cricket Australia have a reasonable explanation.

  • POSTED BY Resalat on | February 29, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad gave some signal to the PCB through this tournament in our country. Carry on Nazir, Carry on Shehzad. Hope to see you both in opening in near future for Pakistan. Shakib Al Hasan again proved if Bangladesh have any class, he is the only one in the country. Long live Shakib

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | February 29, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    They took just 15.4 overs to overhaul the Barisal Burners in a "seven-wicket" win....Dhaka Gladiators 144/2....what? O_o

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Brilliant Peformance by Imran Nazir. I don't know why PCB not giving him chance in t20 while they need a good opener for T20.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Congrats my Favourite Team!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    its a great achievement for Bangladeshi people.......

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Finally Dhaka Gladiators has burned out the Barisal Burners…:) Hail DHAKA GLADIATORS :) CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUPPORTES ALSO TO BE THE 1ST BPL CHAMPION :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    ahmad shahzad was deserving man of the series

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Definitely Good effort by Bangladesh cricket board but what have we gain from this league?

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | February 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Salute BPL organisers, to prove to the world that cricket shows can be successful even without Indian stars.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhaka for brilliant success

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I like Dhaka Gladiator who won match. Nice to see the match

  • POSTED BY abcRehan on | February 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Super Hit ***** B P L ***** Super Hit ***** B P L ***** Super Hit ***** B P L *****

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | February 29, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Quality was nowhere close to the ipl and the big bash!! But that's the way it is supposed to be isn't it?? Fielding was the biggest joke!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Tnx daka nd pakistani player

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Congrtz Gladiators 4 the Win! They had the most balanced squad with talented locals & high-profile foreign stars. They deserve the Championship.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Congrats to the winner ! :) Just curious to know how many Bangladesh players emerged from this league ? I mean, any quality uncapped player who we might get to see in Bangladesh team soon ? How well did the domestic players of Bangladesh perform ? Any outstanding player ? Or any outstanding performance by any Bangladeshi domestic player ? Sorry but I saw only couple of matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Wowo nice i like bpl but that was ppl

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  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Wowo nice i like bpl but that was ppl

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Congrats to the winner ! :) Just curious to know how many Bangladesh players emerged from this league ? I mean, any quality uncapped player who we might get to see in Bangladesh team soon ? How well did the domestic players of Bangladesh perform ? Any outstanding player ? Or any outstanding performance by any Bangladeshi domestic player ? Sorry but I saw only couple of matches.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Congrtz Gladiators 4 the Win! They had the most balanced squad with talented locals & high-profile foreign stars. They deserve the Championship.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Tnx daka nd pakistani player

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | February 29, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Quality was nowhere close to the ipl and the big bash!! But that's the way it is supposed to be isn't it?? Fielding was the biggest joke!!

  • POSTED BY abcRehan on | February 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Super Hit ***** B P L ***** Super Hit ***** B P L ***** Super Hit ***** B P L *****

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I like Dhaka Gladiator who won match. Nice to see the match

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhaka for brilliant success

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | February 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Salute BPL organisers, to prove to the world that cricket shows can be successful even without Indian stars.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Definitely Good effort by Bangladesh cricket board but what have we gain from this league?