Khulna Royal Bengals v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL 2013, Khulna January 24, 2013

Nafees, Vincent power Khulna to first win


Khulna Royal Bengals 197 for 0 (Nafees 102*, Vincent 89*) beat Duronto Rajshahi 129 (Jahurul 26, Farhad 3-22) by 68 runs

Khulna Royal Bengals achieved their first victory of the BPL, against Duronto Rajshahi, by a convincing margin of 68 runs. The foundation was laid by the captain Shahriar Nafees' record-breaking century and his unbeaten opening stand of 197 with Lou Vincent, a BPL record. The defeat kept Rajshahi level on points with Barisal Burners, Chittagong Kings and now Royal Bengals.

It was also the first time a side batting first completed its innings without the loss of a wicket. Nafees scored 102 off 69 balls with 12 fours and two sixes, becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score a Twenty20 century. He beat Tamim Iqbal's 93 for Wayamba United. It is also the first of this BPL season and the fifth overall.

Vincent, who has two Twenty20 centuries, supported Nafees through the 20 overs, providing him with enough strike and entertaining the crowd with some deft strokes. He made 89 off 51 balls with eight sixes, the most for any batsman in an innings this year. The pair's opening stand is also a BPL record for any wicket, beating the previous best of 167 between Ahmed Shehzad and Chris Gayle in the inaugural match last year. It is the fourth highest in all Twenty20s.

Rajshahi started the chase of 198 positively but lost their way once Tamim, Charles Coventry and Jahurul Islam had got out by the 11th over. Khulna looked hungrier to win than in their previous games in the tournament, and completed the crushing win in the penultimate over, bowling their opponents out for 129.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 27, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Musab: This is a Bangladeshi league mate big deal whether Pakistani players are better or not, this is our league specifically for our players not yours so I don't understand your problem. No the other way around Afghanistan should learn from us because they are not better than India or Bangladesh in Cricket :P

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Pakistani dpmestice players are much better than Bangladeshi,Indian players...Its a matter of fact regarding the quality of talented players and "inbreeding" a combination of genuine fast bowlers and spiners..apart from it t/20 is a short format of cricket, so we cant judge a batsman if he played a knock of 100 runs or so the outcome of t/20 game should be the quality of bowlers which lacks in india and bangladesh...both teams should learned from Afghanistan..

  • Adnan on January 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    wow nafees was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shipu on January 25, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @allway:- Problem??? good to see some fans of other teams checking out how those Bangladeshi players are performing and what they will do in the International arena again. I can see a few players retiring after the South Africa series, yeap indeed :)

  • Shipu on January 25, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @Musab Shakeel Mallick:- Actually if you bothered to read the article properly, a score of 197 was posted and before that 2 200 scores. A Bangladeshi player the other day made so far the catch of the year and crowd will build on its own as the tournament progresses so next time don't guess :P

  • Kapil on January 25, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    One of the worst bowling performances I have ever seen in a T20 game.. The batsmen were just swinging merrily and the bowlers were bowling in their arc without changing any angle or variations... Katich was poor as Captain and I have never seen Tamim perform consistently.. Just too overhyped...

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Lack of crowd, low scoring matches, quality of fielding, and dusty outfield tells the story of the 2nd "SUCCESSFUL" edition of "BPL...

  • Amit on January 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Nafees played a gem of innings here now he should be a permanent part of BD team for both formats

  • Khub on January 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Sorry, the WORLD record is 2 openers batted full 20 overs, not 197 thats also superb

  • Khub on January 25, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    SUPERB battng....unbelieveable....i think this WORLD RECORD (197 runs partnership) wil b very hard 2 wil survive 4 a long tym in t20

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