Bangladesh Premier League - Final

Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators

Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Good evening and welcome to the coverage of the first ever BPL final.

Toss: Dhaka Gladiators have won the toss and they will bowl first.

The stadium is filling up fast, after the gates opened at 2pm. The Dhaka players gather for the huddle. "Listen to the roar", bellows Danny Morrison . "So much resting on the Double B's hopes." He means Barisal Burners of course.

Ahmed Shehzad, one of the stars of the tournament, marks his guard. Mortaza to start off.

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, nice and straight, Shehzad gets back and pats it to the covers and tells his partner to wait

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, first false shot, moved away slightly and nearly took the outside edge

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad gives himself room and comes down the pitch to hammer that but he misses it completely

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, stays back and clips it towards midwicket and the fielder there boots it away

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, wham! Punishes a length delivery across the line and clears midwicket, beats the fielder in the deep

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, lofts and tries to clear mid-off but he miscues it and Rana Naved runs back and fails to catch that, not the easiest of chances though

End of over 1 (6 runs) Barisal Burners 6/0
Ahmed Shehzad    6* (6b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-6-0
BJ Hodge    0* (0b)     

1.1

Azhar Mahmood to Hodge, no run, fullish on the off stump and he pushes it down to mid-off

1.2

Azhar Mahmood to Hodge, 1 run, jams out a full delivery down to mid-off and risks the single, Sunny fumbles

One slip in place

1.3

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, moves away slightly and he angles it down to point, fails to pierce the gap

1.4

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, the first of possibly many, pitched up on the off stump and with a free swing of the arms he clears wide long-on

That's his 25th six of the tournament. Gayle is leading with 26

1.5

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good comeback by Mahmood, swings it away late and the batsman can only jam it out to the off side

1.6

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, comes down the track and he nearly yorks himself as he squeezes it to mid-on

End of over 2 (8 runs) Barisal Burners 14/0
Ahmed Shehzad    13* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-8-0
BJ Hodge    1* (2b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-6-0

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, makes a bit of room and scoops it over the bowler's head, Rana Naved does well to move to his left at long-on and parry it off

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Dropped Ghosh drops a skier, Shehzad tries to shovel that over the on side and gets a thick top edge and it swirls in the air for ages and Ghosh falls forward and spills it off his glove

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hodge, 1 run

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, makes room to crash that past cover but can't beat the infield

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, tries to force a low full toss down to fine leg, Nazimuddin fumbles at short fine

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hodge, SIX, Hodge repeats Shehzad's shot and he goes bigger, clears the front leg and whams it high and far over deep backward square leg

End of over 3 (11 runs) Barisal Burners 25/0
BJ Hodge    8* (4b 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-17-0
Ahmed Shehzad    17* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-8-0

3.1

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Mahmood drops it short and Shehzad makes room and slaps it down to long-on, didn't time it

3.2

Azhar Mahmood to Hodge, (no ball) FOUR, poor ball, slower ball drifts down the leg side and he pulls it well wide of short fine leg, it's a front foot no ball too

3.2

Azhar Mahmood to Hodge, 1 run, Free Hit: Good yorker, he can only dig it out to the on side

3.3

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, stand and deliver, he stays at the crease and scoops it well over mid-off, nice follow through too

3.4

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good bouncer, outside off and Shehzad tried to carve it over the keeper, the umpire signals the one bouncer for the over

3.5

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, tries to repeat the shot that fetched the four, scoops it over the bowler's head and long-on cuts it off

3.6

Azhar Mahmood to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, low full toss and he clears the front leg and scoops it over midwicket, Shehzad's using the crease well for his strokes

End of over 4 (17 runs) Barisal Burners 42/0
Ahmed Shehzad    28* (19b 3x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-25-0
BJ Hodge    13* (6b 1x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-17-0

The captain turns to Afridi for Damage Control

4.1

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, 1 run, short one and he shuffles and tucks it to short fine leg

4.2

Shahid Afridi to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, The X Man does the trick! He bowls it in line with middle, Shehzad makes room and tries to scoop it over the off side but he miscues it to Ajmal who leaps at mid-off and takes it at the edge of the circle

Ahmed Shehzad c Saeed Ajmal b Shahid Afridi 28 (21m 20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Phil Mustard walks in

4.3

Shahid Afridi to Mustard, FOUR, brings up the reverse sweep and he paddles it wide of first slip and Sunny dives in despair at third man

4.4

Shahid Afridi to Mustard, no run, full outside off and he jams it out to mid-off

4.5

Shahid Afridi to Mustard, 1 run, gets across and shovels it over the on side and finds the fielder at deep square leg

4.6

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, no run, pushes it to cover point and Hodge charges out of the crease, in the confusion he is sent back and he makes his ground

End of over 5 (6 runs) Barisal Burners 48/1
BJ Hodge    14* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-6-1
P Mustard    5* (3b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-25-0

Double change, here's Ajmal

5.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mustard, no run, sweeps but the ball hits his helmet grill instead

5.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mustard, OUT, the straighter one gets him, the flatter delivery and Mustard is a little late on the shot and the ball appears to him adjacent to the middle stump

P Mustard lbw b Saeed Ajmal 5 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mohammad Mithun walks in

5.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Mithun, no run, squeezes out a full ball back to the bowler who hurls it back to the keeper

5.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Mithun, no run, stumping chance missed! Beaten in flight and the doosra, he was a long way out of the crease and Ghosh fluffs it

5.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Mithun, 1 run, well stopped by the fielder at short fine leg

5.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, gets forward and pushes it down to cover

End of over 6 (1 run) Barisal Burners 49/2
BJ Hodge    14* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-1
Mohammad Mithun    1* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-6-1

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Mithun, no run, beats him outside off! Nearly shaved the stump too and Mithun was clueless

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Mithun, OUT, Dhaka are on a roll! Mithun tries to swipe Afridi over the on side and connects well but falls for the trap, Nazir cups it over his head at deep backward square leg

Mohammad Mithun c Imran Nazir b Shahid Afridi 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

The pressure increases on Hodge now

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, 1 run, deftly dabs it down to short third man

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, down the leg side and he lobbed off the toe of the bat to short fine leg

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, no run

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, SIX, Hodge manages to clear the rope! He risks slogging Afridi, gets on his knee and clears deep midwicket

End of over 7 (8 runs) Barisal Burners 57/3
BJ Hodge    21* (12b 1x4 2x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-14-2
Mominul Haque    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-1

Here's Sunny

7.1

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, no run, stays back and punches it to mid-off

7.2

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 1 run, down the track and he pushes it down to long-on

7.3

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, flatter delivery and he punches it down to mid-on

7.4

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 1 run, down the pitch and he dabs it wide of short third man

7.5

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he jams it out to cover

7.6

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 1 run, waits for the turn and dabs it down to short third man

End of over 8 (5 runs) Barisal Burners 62/3
Mominul Haque    4* (5b)      Elias Sunny    1-0-5-0
BJ Hodge    23* (14b 1x4 2x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-14-2

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, no run, squeezes out a full delivery to cover

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, gives it a lot of air and he chips down and clips it to midwicket

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, 1 run, gets a leading edge towards cover point

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, 1 run, half-heartedly chips it down to long-on, he checked his shot

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, 1 leg bye, tries to work it to leg but the ball lobs of his body to the leg side

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Mominul Haque, no run, clips it down towards short fine leg

End of over 9 (4 runs) Barisal Burners 66/3
Mominul Haque    6* (9b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-17-2
BJ Hodge    24* (16b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    1-0-5-0

9.1

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, stays back and clips it to the on side

9.2

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 2 runs, drops it short, he stays back and cuts it down to sweeper cover

9.3

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to long-on

9.4

Elias Sunny to Hodge, no run, fires it full and on the blockhole, jammed to the off side

9.5

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, bowls it short and he pulls but doesn't quite time it

9.6

Elias Sunny to Mominul Haque, 2 runs, Mominul tries to clear the on side by chipping down the track but he doesn't find the rope, he manages to place it wide of long-on though

It's the Time Out. 8 an over will take them to 153

End of over 10 (7 runs) Barisal Burners 73/3
Mominul Haque    11* (12b)      Elias Sunny    2-0-12-0
BJ Hodge    26* (19b 1x4 2x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-17-2

Here's Rana Naved

10.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, 1 run, bowls it full and Hodge can only jam it out to long-off

10.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Mominul Haque, OUT, Ghosh makes up for his earlier fumbles with this neat take! Mominul tries to get cheeky by running it down to third man but it spoons off the face of the bat almost and Ghosh throws himself to his left and takes it

Mominul Haque c †Dhiman Ghosh b Naved-ul-Hasan 11 (15m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

10.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, no run, full and wide and Farhad chases it and misses it completely on the drive

10.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, no run, swings it in and he punches it down to mid-on

10.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it down to point

10.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, no run, getting some good inward movement off the air, cramps up the right-hander for room as he clips it to the bowler

End of over 11 (1 run) Barisal Burners 74/4
Farhad Hossain    0* (4b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-1-1
BJ Hodge    27* (20b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    2-0-12-0

11.1

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, steers it wide of cover point

11.2

Elias Sunny to Farhad Hossain, no run, gets forward and he pushes it to the off side

11.3

Elias Sunny to Farhad Hossain, 1 run, stays back at the crease and punches it wide of point

11.4

Elias Sunny to Hodge, no run, forces it right back to the bowler

11.5

Elias Sunny to Hodge, no run, nearly loses his off stump there! Gets on his knee to slog but the ball straightens and nearly shaves the off stump

11.6

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, gets forward and jams it out down to long-on

End of over 12 (3 runs) Barisal Burners 77/4
BJ Hodge    29* (24b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    3-0-15-0
Farhad Hossain    1* (6b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-1-1

12.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, 1 run, full on middle and he pushes it out to long-on

12.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, 1 run, the batsman makes room and tries to carve that over the off side but he miscues it and the ball drops well in front of sweeper cover

12.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, no run, steers it to the off side

12.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, no run

12.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, 1 run, Hodge walks across his stumps and tries to lap it over short fine leg but he spoons it and the ball drops in front of Ghosh who runs to his left

12.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Farhad Hossain, no run, squeezes it out to the on side

End of over 13 (3 runs) Barisal Burners 80/4
Farhad Hossain    2* (8b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-4-1
BJ Hodge    31* (28b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    3-0-15-0

13.1

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, comes down the track but the delivery was flat and he had to check his shot, placed it along the ground to deep midwicket

13.2

Elias Sunny to Farhad Hossain, SIX, just clears the rope! Gets on his knee and slogs him over long-on

13.3

Elias Sunny to Farhad Hossain, 1 run, goes back at the crease and slaps him down to sweeper cover

13.4

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 1 run, fires it full and quick and he drives hard to sweeper cover

13.5

Elias Sunny to Farhad Hossain, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he forces it to wide long-on

13.6

Elias Sunny to Hodge, 2 runs, forces it to wide long-on and they take the first run quickly, allows the second, good running

End of over 14 (12 runs) Barisal Burners 92/4
BJ Hodge    35* (31b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    4-0-27-0
Farhad Hossain    10* (11b 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-4-1

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Farhad Hossain, no run, skids through, he stays back and punches it to cover

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Farhad Hossain, 1 run, mistimes it to the on side, Farhad is frustrated with himself

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Hodge, 1 run, makes room and he reaches out and slaps it to the off side

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Farhad Hossain, OUT, full marks to Ghosh for catching that! Afridi bowls the medium pacer and really fires that outside off, Farhad tries to bash that to the off side but the outside edge lands inside Ghosh's gloves, the keeper had no time to react but the ball landed where it should have

Farhad Hossain c †Dhiman Ghosh b Shahid Afridi 11 (14m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 78.57

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Yasir Arafat, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, full and wide and he drives it square of the wicket on the off side, despairing dive at deep point

End of over 15 (6 runs) Barisal Burners 98/5
Yasir Arafat    4* (2b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-23-3
BJ Hodge    36* (32b 1x4 2x6)      Elias Sunny    4-0-27-0

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, tries the reverse sweep but it doesn't come off, he couldn;t even beat the keeper, enough said..

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 1 wide, fires it wide down the leg side

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, flatter delivery and he gets an inside edge onto his pads

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 1 run, stays back and punches it to long-on

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Yasir Arafat, no run, flatter delivery and it hits his pads

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, down the leg side and he tucks it around the corner to fine leg

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, the doosra, he manages to read it and pushes it back to Ajmal

End of over 16 (3 runs) Barisal Burners 101/5
BJ Hodge    37* (36b 1x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-4-1
Yasir Arafat    5* (4b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-23-3

Rana Naved makes some field changes

16.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Yasir Arafat, no run, goes right across his stumps and tries to run it down to the off side and he's beaten

16.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Yasir Arafat, OUT, good catch but quite a soft dismissal in the end, the ball moves away off the seam and Arafat plays a loose drive without moving his feet, thick outside edge taken by Ghosh diving to his right

Yasir Arafat c †Dhiman Ghosh b Naved-ul-Hasan 5 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Kabir Ali walks in

16.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ali, no run, another loose shout outside off and he's beaten

They have a slip as well

16.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ali, 1 run, steers it to the off side to get off the mark

Hodge has been bogged down by the loss of wickets

16.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, SIX, spoke too soon! Low full toss, Hodge clears the front leg and slogs him cleanly over deep midwicket

16.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, FOUR, goes the other side this time, full and wide and he makes room and hammers it square on the off side, beats sweeper cover

End of over 17 (11 runs) Barisal Burners 112/6
BJ Hodge    47* (38b 2x4 3x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-15-2
Kabir Ali    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-4-1

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Ali, 1 run, the doosra and he spoons it down to cover point

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 1 run, full and flat and he squeezes it down to long-on

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Ali, 2 runs, Chance He gets on his knee and miscues the slog and Mahmood runs backwards but he was still miles away from the ball as he fell forward to catch it

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Ali, 1 run, Kabir miscues the loft and gets a leading edge that lands safe over cover point

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, tries to run it past the keeper but he misses

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 1 run, swings and the bat slips out of his hand! Short third man picks up and Hodge dashes to the finish line with no bat in hand

End of over 18 (6 runs) Barisal Burners 118/6
BJ Hodge    49* (41b 2x4 3x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-1
Kabir Ali    5* (5b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-15-2

18.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, 1 run, down the leg side and he can't beat short fine leg, that's a hard working fifty for Hodge

18.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ali, no run, makes room and swings at thin air, misses it completely

18.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Ali, 1 run, Dropped! The comedy of errors continues, top edge down to point and Afridi gets under it but the ball swirls in the air and he messes it up on the fall

18.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, SIX, drops it short and Hodge punishes the length by clubbing it high over wide long-on, nearly cracks the windscreen of the car for the player of the series

18.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, no run, good slower ball beats him completely

18.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Hodge, 1 run, makes room and forces it in the air to long-off

End of over 19 (9 runs) Barisal Burners 127/6
BJ Hodge    57* (45b 2x4 4x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-24-2
Kabir Ali    6* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-1

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, FOUR, fortune for Hodge, makes room to a quicker delivery and squirts it wide of short third man

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, no run, drops it short and he chips down the track and he chops it back to the bowler

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 2 runs, squeezes out a full delivery down to wide long-on, hesitation in the second run

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, FOUR, another fielding blooper! Hodge drives hard down to deep cover and Imran Nazir runs to his right but over-runs it and the ball beats him, schoolboy error by Nazir

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 1 run, OUT, jams it out to wide long-off and they hurry the second to get Hodge back on strike but the throw is too quick for Kabir at the bowler's end

Kabir Ali run out 6 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Hodge, 2 runs, forces it to wide long-off and that takes the score to 140

Bit of a psychological barrier crossed by Barisal in getting to 140. Hodge showed all his experience batting all the way through. The innings was all about him and his cool head. He ensured that he didn't panic when the boundaries weren't coming.

Afridi says Dhaka shouldn't relax. Dhaka did spill a few catches. Will the bug spread? Find out as we return in about 15 minutes.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Barisal Burners 140/7
BJ Hodge    70* (51b 4x4 4x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-23-1
Alauddin Babu    0* (0b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-24-2
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Feb 29, 2012

Imran Nazir blazed Dhaka to an eight-wicket win in the final, Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, final, Mirpur, February 29, 2012

Imran Nazir blazed Dhaka to an eight-wicket win in the final

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Feb 29, 2012

Shakib Al Hasan poses with his Man of the Series prize, Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, BPL, final, Mirpur, February 29, 2012

Shakib Al Hasan poses with his Man of the Series prize

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