Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 29, 2013

Dhaka hand Sylhet first loss

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Dhaka Gladiators 158 for 5 (Stevens 55, Mominul 1-19) beat Sylhet Royals 127 for 8 (Mushfiqur 41, Thomas 2-12) by 31 runs

Sylhet Royals finally ran out of steam as they lost their first match after five wins, to Dhaka Gladiators by 31 runs. Royals had previously won four matches chasing more than 140 with ease, but fell comfortably below the target this time.

Three Royals batsmen were run out, starting with Dwayne Smith, who slipped in the middle of the pitch in the second over. Mohammad Nabi and Nazmul Hossain Milon also ended up short of the crease, reducing Royals to 47 for 5 in the ninth over. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim made 41 off 37 balls, but couldn't take the team past the three-figure mark. The team limped to 127 for 8 in 20 overs.

After Smith's run out, Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza took his first wicket of the tournament. Alfonso Thomas and left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib took two wickets each to stifle the middle-order further.

Gladiators had put together a competitive total, though it was short of the scores put up the previous night in front of a full-house. They had some luck initially when Sohag Gazi dropped a simple chance at mid-on to let off Josh Cobb. But Mohammad Ashraful was the first to go, falling to Sulieman Benn in the fourth over. Shakib Al Hasan and Cobb also fell in the next four overs, before two fifty-plus partnerships rescued the Gladiators.

Stevens cracked two sixes in his unbeaten 35-ball 55, adding 53 for the fourth wicket with Owais Shah and another 52 for the fifth wicket with the aggressive Anamul Haque, who smashed three sixes and a boundary in his 18-ball 32.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mahafuz on January 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    I didn't like any of the pitches of chittagong.....the first one was a batting paradise , a nightmare for bowlers where anyone can hit through the line and score huge runs....nothing for the bowlers.....the second one, well difficult to describe yesterdays pitch...uneven pace, bounce, sudden sharp turn, bowl not coming at all to bat, really hard to score, a nightmare pitch for batsman.....I would like some sporting wickets, where batsman can score big with concentration and skills....and there are some purchase for the bowler too....I do not believe t20 should be all about big hitting....a wicket-maiden over is as enjoyable as an over that goes for 20-odd is a battle between bat and ball.....pitches should niether favour bowler nor batsman

  • Anik on January 29, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    well 158 is not that low, in the IPL there were lower -.-''

  • Shipu on January 29, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Anamul Haque will be a star for Bangladesh. Rahim is improving and a very good captain now.

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    two low scoring match..did not expect this after yesterdays great matches. Curator should work better for preparing consistent wickets.

  • Mondrita on January 29, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    The two teams above are probably the best in the league at the moment. They have the strongest individual players as well as support players. Go Dhaka and Sylhet!

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