Dhaka Gladiators v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL 2012-13 February 11, 2013

Ashraful ton charges Dhaka to victory


Dhaka Gladiators 180 for 4 (Ashraful 103*, Stevens 36*) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 176 for 6 (Birt 94*, Mubarak 65) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Ashraful struck his maiden Twenty20 century to guide Dhaka Gladiators to a six-wicket win over Khulna Royal Bengals. It is just the second hundred this season in the BPL after Shahriar Nafees' unbeaten 102 against Duronto Rajshahi in Khulna.

Ashraful was unbeaten on 103 off just 58 balls, as the Gladiators rapidly approached the 177-run target they had been set by the Royal Bengals. He cracked fourteen fours and two sixes, mainly favouring the off-side although he did blast 16 off Shapoor Zadran's second over mainly through the midwicket boundary.

Apart from the two lives when Nafees and Sanjamul Islam dropped him, Ashraful was aided by Joshua Cobb and Darren Stevens, having added 61 for the fourth wicket with the former and 74 for the fifth wicket with the latter.

Earlier, it was Travis Birt who made the Gladiators attack look ordinary with a blazing knocks of 94. He smashed six fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 56-ball innings. Jehan Mubarak made 65 off 43 balls and had the pair not added 120 for the third wicket, Royal Bengals might have been restricted to a lower score.

It was the Gladiators' eighth win in the competition while the Royal Bengals have suffered as many losses in the competition.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mahafuz on February 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Well good luck Khulna next time......even being a hardcore Dhaka fan wanted khulna win as I wanted all the teams to be in the hunt till last game so we don't have any dead matches....well then this is far competitive than last BPL.....have to deal with one or two dead match i guess

  • Aaquib on February 11, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Doesnt Matter...Khulna is the Worst Team of BPL this Season and Ashraful hit a Ton..Good Knock but Dont See him in The National Side again..Because b4 that he completely Failed in First Class Season

  • Sapner on February 11, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Don't know what to say :) Na.. Still believe the young guns should be drawn before him ! He needs to score couple of more risk free, I mean "risk free" ton before been nominated for national team again.

  • Shibly on February 11, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Well done ash. Carry on carry on. We always have best wishes for you. Pls don't. Disappoint us. Keep on doing the good work. We want to see fearless but intelligent batting from you.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Nice job ashraful, please keep this up and we may just yet see you again in national colors, hopefully in a way where you can score a lot of runs like we expect you to.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I have heard Ramiz Reza speak glowingly about Asraful - immense talent they say, but little by way of accomplishment. I still agree with those who think he does not deserve a place in the National side. he got far too many opportunities and in most cases just threw his wicket away. Congrats on your ton, Ashraful. Do the best that u can in domestic cricket. But there are far more deserving boys to play in the National side. U have wasted far too many opportunities to be considered.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 11, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    It was really an awesome innings by Ashraful which reminds me the old Ashraful who got 150 against IND and 100 against AUS.Very breath taking to watch.But kindly to all the fans dont make the point of including him in the national side as still he has to prove himself a long way. Till then have patience.....

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Really! He got dropped two times! Give him two lives and he will hit a ton most of the time. Do not get carried away with this flash in the pan. We tend to grasp at the proverbial straw even when the common wisdom says otherwise. Let him have his fun at the domestics and I beg you do not mount a movement to bring him back into the national fold. Let the younger generations mature and the deadwoods wither way.

  • Smith on February 11, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Our batsman performing doesn't change a thing because when we play on seaming wickets, they will head straight back to the dressing room under 20 balls without scoring much. Fact is we only have 1 batsman that can play on seaming tracks and the rest including Shakib struggle. We need to sort our our pitches in the country and pacers.

  • M. A. Hye on February 11, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    When Ashraful is in good touch, it is a real treat to watch. He is a wonderfully gifted player, arguably the most talented batsman Bangladesh has ever seen. Yet he is the biggest disappointment in Bangladesh cricket. INCONSISTENCY and Ashraful are synonymous. Dear Ashraful, for the sake of your fans, can't you give an absolute try to earn a permanent place in the Bangladesh squad? You still have at least ten years' cricket left in you. The team management should give Ashraful at least two series starting from Sri Lanka without putting any pressure on him. Ashraful has a pretty good record against Sri Lanka. Against an ordinary career average of 22.60, he averages 40.85 against Sri Lanka with four centuries. Ashraful should open in T20 and ODI, and at no. 4 in test. A confident Ashraful can form a devastating opening pair with Tamim Iqbal. Pick him for two series one last time; and throw him away if he fails.

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