Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 24, 2013

Chittagong register first win

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Chittagong Kings 129 for 7 (Bopara 38, Mahmood 2-22) beat Barisal Burners (Hodge 34, Enamul 2-12) by 21 runs
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Chittagong Kings registered first points in this season's BPL after they pulled off an unlikely win over Barisal Burners by 21 runs. Defending a small total, the Chittagong bowlers, led by Enamul Haque jnr who took two crucial wickets in an economical spell, kept Barisal under pressure throughout .

The left-arm spinner took the crucial wicket of Brad Hodge when the Barisal captain appeared set to take his side home. But the Australian was stumped for 34, and it triggered a collapse that saw them restricted to 108 for 9 in 20 overs. The other left-arm spinner, Arafat Sunny, and medium-pacer Kevon Cooper also took two wickets each.

Chittagong's total appeared not good enough on a wicket that offered little to the bowlers. Naeem Islam and Ravi Bopara added 52 for the first wicket but were separated in the eighth over. It opened the gate for other Chittagong big-hitters to come in but they too couldn't do much to boost the run-rate. Ryan ten Doeschate made 23 while Jacob Oram managed 18.

For Barisal, Kabir Ali, Azhar Mahmood and Shafiul Islam took two wickets each, and kept things tight as Chittagong didn't manage a single hit for six during their 20 overs.

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  • Anik on January 24, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    atleast a win for Chittagong Kings!! wow a low scoring game & still the Kings defend it O.o

  • Ekram on January 24, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Finally! kudos to the Kings bowlers. I turned off the TV when Burners were cruising along and looked set for an easy win... well it was almost 1 am for me. Hopefully this win will turn things around for Chattagram... time for the big hitters to step up and play like a KING.... not sure who dropped the ball on advertising.... when the match started there were almost nobody in the stands!!! BPL needs to do a much better job on spreading the word and cutting the ticket price so people can come to the stadium to enjoy the matches.

  • Khub on January 24, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    What a mystry.... ravi bopara, jacob oram, shaun tait, kevon cooper bt still ctg struggling (though they won 2day bt nt a gr8 per4mnc)

  • Abdul on January 24, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    In spite of Biggest world class name in Chittagong, Chittagong can't win. But on the other hand Rangpur do not have biggest name but have some good performer. Those days are over in Bangladesh when the fan was crazy for biggest name in cricket. Bangladesh now own lots of biggest name. :D

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