Dhaka Gladiators v Khulna Royal Bengals, BPL, Mirpur January 18, 2013

Owais Shah blasts Dhaka to huge win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dhaka Gladiators 204 for 4 (Shah 84, Anamul 50) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 142 for 8 (Wessels 30, Mosharraf 4-9) by 62 runs

Flashes of spectacular cricket marked the first innings of BPL's second season but the difference in strength between the star-studded Dhaka Gladiators and the hastily gathered Khulna Royal Bengals, who played with just one foreign player, was stark. Owais Shah's blast with the bat and Mosharraf Hossain's good form with the ball exacerbated the difference and Dhaka's margin of victory in Mirpur was 62 runs.

After faring poorly for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, Shah found form immediately in Bangladesh, hammering six sixes and four fours in his 48-ball 84. He targeted the on-side in his typical method, using the angles even while lofting the ball. Shah added 90 runs for the third wicket with Anamul Haque, who batted with utmost freedom against a bowling attack that lacked direction.

Anamul scored 50 off 39 balls with four boundaries and three sixes, and thrived on Shah's aggression at the other end. He was caught off Dolar Mahmud in the 15th over, letting Shakib Al Hasan take the crease for the first time since he suffered a shin injury in late November. He blasted his first ball for six over wide mid-on, and gave support to Shah in their 64-run stand for the fourth wicket. Shakib was unbeaten on 27 off 14 balls.

Royal Bengals depended a lot on Riki Wessels and though he delivered a 23-ball 30, it was never enough when the asking rate was above ten an over. When he fell in the ninth over with his team on 67, Khulna lost their way, with Mohammad Mithun and captain Shahriar Nafees also falling on the same score.

Left-arm spinner Mosharraf took four wickets, all important ones in the context of the innings, and it masked the gaps in the Dhaka bowling attack, which is based mostly on spin. Asif Ahmed made 29 low in the order, but it was too late in the day to turn the game.

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  • Kazi Rezaul on January 20, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    From next BPL BCB should make rule not to give franchise to take more than 1 or maximum 2 players from any particular country. Now team like Khulna gets 7 PAK players and in bad time to replace new players. Though they already replace some from other country and more are coming. So it will be better if any BPL team given permission to take 1 or maximum 2 players from any particular country in player auction.

  • Shoaib on January 18, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Not surprised about Ashraful today every-time! don't think he knows how to even protect his life (wicket).

  • Minahzur on January 18, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Like we are bothered its a small league yes you're right BPL is a smaller version of IPL but its a league for our players to participate and for our interest not some of you fans of other teams. BPL made a mistake though by not recruiting more players from other countries instead of going after Pakistan players. Can't wait to see Duronto and Chittagong tomorrow where Tamim will be in action and go up against his hometown, 2 very strong teams along with DG.

  • Shoaib on January 18, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @r0ketman: Exactly! they're just jealous. The same league that gave our players tremendous 'confidence' and achieved wins over Sri Lanka, India and West Indies all in the same year which is unheard of a minnow. The good thing is that their 'opinions' don't have any affect in Bangladesh Cricket as long as a 100 million Bangladeshi fans in and outside Bangladesh are their to support our team I'd say good luck to them they need it ;)

  • ismot on January 18, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @r0ketman, well said :D ,We are happy with our leauge, so leave us with our leauge

  • roket on January 18, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Isn't it funny that someone is stating "it is a waste to time watching minnow cricket", when they are wasting their precious time online posting on a news story about that same minnow cricket. That is a valuable use of time for sure! At least people watching BPL are watching a game, a game we al enjoy, where there were players involved who played for national teams. Sitting in front of a computer posting about a game other should not be watching, isn't that a bigger waste of time?:-) And as for IPL, whats the use watching that league? The second most expensive sports league in the world (after the NBA), and the IPL teams did not even make it to the finals of Champions League T20. It was won by a team from Australia that was not even a franchised based team! Who really cares about IPL, besides Indian fans?:-)

  • ismot on January 18, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I don't know why people are comparing BPL with Ipl! it shows they are jealous about BPL :p .we are not trying to compiting with other leauges .We are just doing thing for our local players benifit only. @ind_champs u r right mate 'They should wait for bpl to start nd watch real cricket!' :p :p . goog luck BPL

  • Lenin on January 18, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Congratulation Dhaka. we win.

  • Joe on January 18, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    No offence but IPL, BPL, SLPL, BBL, CPL and all these other T20 leagues are a waste of time. Us English don't need such franchised based leagues and we're still on top in Cricket but as long as it helps locals then that's perfectly fine.

  • Mike on January 18, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Great to see Anamul and Shakib performing.

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