Barisal Burners v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur January 18, 2013

Stirling fifty sets up Sylhet win


Sylhet Royals 175 for 7 (Stirling 50, Mominul 45) beat Barisal Burners 142 for 9 (Kabir 50, Shuvo 3-23) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Paul Stirling and Mominul Haque helped Sylhet Royals to a competitive score of 175 for 7 before their bowlers put in a spirited effort to secure a 33-run win against Barisal Burners in their first game. It was an impressive start for the franchise that won just two games in the first edition of BPL.

Put in to bat first, Sylhet began at a good pace but lost Hamilton Masakadza in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam had him trapped lbw for 19. Thereafter, Stirling and Mominul added 51 quickly, using the pace of the ball on most occasions to find boundaries. Stirling cracked eight fours and a six in his 29-ball half-century, backing away whenever he sought a boundary, while Mominul showcased strength in hitting three fours and a six and supported the big-hitters at the other end well.

But after the team had reached the hundred-run mark in the tenth over, the Sylhet batsmen lost their way. Kabir Ali and Alok Kapali took two wickets each, as Barisal restricted them to 175 but that total was still going to be a challenge for a team that has lost players like Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul in the mass Pakistani pull-out.

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder who was acquired by Sylhet after they lost two West Indies players (Andre Russell and Tino Best), took two early wickets with his flighty offspin before the rest of the slow bowlers took over. Sohag Gazi didn't pick up a wicket but created enough pressure for the likes of Elton Chigumbura, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Bishawnath Halder to pick up cheap wickets. Ali was the only man to make some runs, hammering 50 off 21 balls with four huge sixes, before being stumped the off Shuvo. None of the other Barisal batsmen stayed at the crease long enough to have a serious go at the target.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Jonny on January 21, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @King - You okay? glad to see you interested in BPL, a league which is safe for foreign players to play in. The Pakistan team is old and will be declining soon just wait and watch so enjoy the time you have remaining and good luck on your wishes because its not going to come true but good luck :D

    Don't forget you beat us by 21 and 2 runs NOT 200 runs. The important thing is that our players are miles better than you hope you haven't forgotten best wishes :D

  • Mike on January 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Stirling is a good young player shame Ireland cannot get to play much Cricket so we could see him play all the time and this needs to be addressed. It doesn't look ICC for some silly reason are spreading the game. Mominul Haque seems set and glad he's on fire and looks as he will from no on will be part of our International plans which is a good move. Paki people seem jealous as usual no surprises why don't you worry about your disgusting dangerous country where there are problems instead of others. Syhlet Royals who were very bad last season looks set to finally compete for the 4 spots and wish them well but the other teams like the Burners and Bengals don't look that impressive and look set to compete for the bottom position so at least there is something to play for but yeah its an early tournament and you never knock :D ;)

  • Abdullah on January 20, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @kingspakistan, nothing much to say. May Allah purify your heart and soul.

  • kings on January 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Great show guys. Good to see you guys performing very well in the league which you belong to. You really deserve to be playing with associates and affiliates or third division county losers or at the most with those guys who are retired from international cricket since ages. May be you should apply for the Associate status again. That will be convenient. Kenya and Ireland should be given test status because they have better record in world cups than you guys and have a better first class system in place. Best wishes. LOL.

  • Azooz on January 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Good news for Afghan cricket fans , Samiullah Shinwari and Shahpoor Zadran has been included in Khulna Royals Bengals team in Bangladesh Premier league (BPL) . both of them will leave for Bangladesh tonight

  • ramesh on January 19, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Good going.. I hope you will overcome all the troubles created by PCB and will make this tournament successfull. Now when PAK players are out, it's best chance for associate and local team players to shine..Hope to see some of these players in IPL.. Best of luck BCB and BPL

  • Azooz on January 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Nabi was brilliant with his lovely offspin.

  • Chris on January 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I didn't know Paul Stirling scored a 100 against Pakistan :D :P

    I wonder if England will consider taking him or something especially when he now plays County Cricket.

  • Syed on January 18, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Nice to see associate and Zimbabwe players doing well. Nabi was excellent so was Stirling, keep it up guys

  • Sami on January 18, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    BCB fooled themselves. They knew a week before the tournament that PCB could withdraw their players and should've in that time worked on replacements rather than hoping but no for some reason, they waited to the last minute bravo.

    I wonder if the they actually anything about Cricket because it seems they don't and should consider themselves lucky that it hasn't stopped the tournament.

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