Barisal Burners v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur January 18, 2013

Stirling fifty sets up Sylhet win

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Sylhet Royals 175 for 7 (Stirling 50, Mominul 45) beat Barisal Burners 142 for 9 (Kabir 50, Shuvo 3-23) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Paul Stirling and Mominul Haque helped Sylhet Royals to a competitive score of 175 for 7 before their bowlers put in a spirited effort to secure a 33-run win against Barisal Burners in their first game. It was an impressive start for the franchise that won just two games in the first edition of BPL.

Put in to bat first, Sylhet began at a good pace but lost Hamilton Masakadza in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam had him trapped lbw for 19. Thereafter, Stirling and Mominul added 51 quickly, using the pace of the ball on most occasions to find boundaries. Stirling cracked eight fours and a six in his 29-ball half-century, backing away whenever he sought a boundary, while Mominul showcased strength in hitting three fours and a six and supported the big-hitters at the other end well.

But after the team had reached the hundred-run mark in the tenth over, the Sylhet batsmen lost their way. Kabir Ali and Alok Kapali took two wickets each, as Barisal restricted them to 175 but that total was still going to be a challenge for a team that has lost players like Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul in the mass Pakistani pull-out.

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan allrounder who was acquired by Sylhet after they lost two West Indies players (Andre Russell and Tino Best), took two early wickets with his flighty offspin before the rest of the slow bowlers took over. Sohag Gazi didn't pick up a wicket but created enough pressure for the likes of Elton Chigumbura, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Bishawnath Halder to pick up cheap wickets. Ali was the only man to make some runs, hammering 50 off 21 balls with four huge sixes, before being stumped the off Shuvo. None of the other Barisal batsmen stayed at the crease long enough to have a serious go at the target.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • The_Ashes on January 21, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @King - You okay? glad to see you interested in BPL, a league which is safe for foreign players to play in. The Pakistan team is old and will be declining soon just wait and watch so enjoy the time you have remaining and good luck on your wishes because its not going to come true but good luck :D

    Don't forget you beat us by 21 and 2 runs NOT 200 runs. The important thing is that our players are miles better than you hope you haven't forgotten best wishes :D

  • Energetic. on January 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Stirling is a good young player shame Ireland cannot get to play much Cricket so we could see him play all the time and this needs to be addressed. It doesn't look ICC for some silly reason are spreading the game. Mominul Haque seems set and glad he's on fire and looks as he will from no on will be part of our International plans which is a good move. Paki people seem jealous as usual no surprises why don't you worry about your disgusting dangerous country where there are problems instead of others. Syhlet Royals who were very bad last season looks set to finally compete for the 4 spots and wish them well but the other teams like the Burners and Bengals don't look that impressive and look set to compete for the bottom position so at least there is something to play for but yeah its an early tournament and you never knock :D ;)

  • tushar35 on January 20, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @kingspakistan, nothing much to say. May Allah purify your heart and soul.

  • kingspakistan on January 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Great show guys. Good to see you guys performing very well in the league which you belong to. You really deserve to be playing with associates and affiliates or third division county losers or at the most with those guys who are retired from international cricket since ages. May be you should apply for the Associate status again. That will be convenient. Kenya and Ireland should be given test status because they have better record in world cups than you guys and have a better first class system in place. Best wishes. LOL.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on January 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Good news for Afghan cricket fans , Samiullah Shinwari and Shahpoor Zadran has been included in Khulna Royals Bengals team in Bangladesh Premier league (BPL) . both of them will leave for Bangladesh tonight

  • ramesh_rocks on January 19, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Good going.. I hope you will overcome all the troubles created by PCB and will make this tournament successfull. Now when PAK players are out, it's best chance for associate and local team players to shine..Hope to see some of these players in IPL.. Best of luck BCB and BPL

  • Azooz-Afgfan on January 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Nabi was brilliant with his lovely offspin.

  • Captainman on January 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I didn't know Paul Stirling scored a 100 against Pakistan :D :P

    I wonder if England will consider taking him or something especially when he now plays County Cricket.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on January 18, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Nice to see associate and Zimbabwe players doing well. Nabi was excellent so was Stirling, keep it up guys

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 18, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    BCB fooled themselves. They knew a week before the tournament that PCB could withdraw their players and should've in that time worked on replacements rather than hoping but no for some reason, they waited to the last minute bravo.

    I wonder if the they actually anything about Cricket because it seems they don't and should consider themselves lucky that it hasn't stopped the tournament.

  • The_Ashes on January 21, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @King - You okay? glad to see you interested in BPL, a league which is safe for foreign players to play in. The Pakistan team is old and will be declining soon just wait and watch so enjoy the time you have remaining and good luck on your wishes because its not going to come true but good luck :D

    Don't forget you beat us by 21 and 2 runs NOT 200 runs. The important thing is that our players are miles better than you hope you haven't forgotten best wishes :D

  • Energetic. on January 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Stirling is a good young player shame Ireland cannot get to play much Cricket so we could see him play all the time and this needs to be addressed. It doesn't look ICC for some silly reason are spreading the game. Mominul Haque seems set and glad he's on fire and looks as he will from no on will be part of our International plans which is a good move. Paki people seem jealous as usual no surprises why don't you worry about your disgusting dangerous country where there are problems instead of others. Syhlet Royals who were very bad last season looks set to finally compete for the 4 spots and wish them well but the other teams like the Burners and Bengals don't look that impressive and look set to compete for the bottom position so at least there is something to play for but yeah its an early tournament and you never knock :D ;)

  • tushar35 on January 20, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @kingspakistan, nothing much to say. May Allah purify your heart and soul.

  • kingspakistan on January 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Great show guys. Good to see you guys performing very well in the league which you belong to. You really deserve to be playing with associates and affiliates or third division county losers or at the most with those guys who are retired from international cricket since ages. May be you should apply for the Associate status again. That will be convenient. Kenya and Ireland should be given test status because they have better record in world cups than you guys and have a better first class system in place. Best wishes. LOL.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on January 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Good news for Afghan cricket fans , Samiullah Shinwari and Shahpoor Zadran has been included in Khulna Royals Bengals team in Bangladesh Premier league (BPL) . both of them will leave for Bangladesh tonight

  • ramesh_rocks on January 19, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Good going.. I hope you will overcome all the troubles created by PCB and will make this tournament successfull. Now when PAK players are out, it's best chance for associate and local team players to shine..Hope to see some of these players in IPL.. Best of luck BCB and BPL

  • Azooz-Afgfan on January 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Nabi was brilliant with his lovely offspin.

  • Captainman on January 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I didn't know Paul Stirling scored a 100 against Pakistan :D :P

    I wonder if England will consider taking him or something especially when he now plays County Cricket.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on January 18, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Nice to see associate and Zimbabwe players doing well. Nabi was excellent so was Stirling, keep it up guys

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 18, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    BCB fooled themselves. They knew a week before the tournament that PCB could withdraw their players and should've in that time worked on replacements rather than hoping but no for some reason, they waited to the last minute bravo.

    I wonder if the they actually anything about Cricket because it seems they don't and should consider themselves lucky that it hasn't stopped the tournament.

  • Captainman on January 18, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Also is Tamim playing for his local team Chittagong or did he quit?

  • Captainman on January 18, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    I don't understand why teams Khulna Bengals and Rangpur Riders are not going after a few more foreign players because there are bargain deals out there even associate team players will do like Ryan, Rankin, Moody etc. Domestic players from countries like New Zealand, South Africa i.e. fast bowlers even if they are not International members they're still quality players and would've benefited BPL with good deals. The relief thing is that this tournament almost goes on for a month so first week shouldn't really cause much problem but so far so good. Tomorrow game the first one looks really interesting.

  • Ind_champs on January 18, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Paul sterling from ireland? Standard of bpl lolz

  • Warm_Coffee on January 18, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    What I find strange is that apart from Nasir, the rest of the regular players like Rahim, Shakib, Tamim etc do not even play for their locals which is pretty silly.

  • SapnerJadukar on January 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Mr.Isam, could you please stop taking pak players name here? 1st day of 2nd BPL went really good with out them. I didn't felt any bad..besides more deshi players on the field is good for us. I would like to take this opporrtunity again to let you know this is our tournament and we don't want to hear any of pak players name here if you write an atrticle about this BPL. Just forget about it, ditch the past, we need to go forward with peace in mind.

  • faizan_feroz on January 18, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    and lastly , for my spelling mistakes i apologize as unfortunately 1000 words are nt that lot to present ur point of view but a lot to type :P instead u shud focus on bd cricket and sl tour or hosting sl which i dont knw abt , and abt bpl :P if such domestic leagus improve ur status as a threatening force then maybe ur force was nothing at all the last time :P also i wud like the link to that u19 records that we were talking abt also i wud ask if the future of our country is so bleak then howcome an emerging power such as bd choose 26 players from a weak pakistan with no future :P and even funnier was except a few al were in the 20's :P

  • faizan_feroz on January 18, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    for ur age view , so azab what does that tell u ?? that our players are gonna retire soon ?? and u will then have hold on us ?? :P then for ur knowledge pakistan always had a higher age avg , wasim waqar inzi and only a few others had a 15 17 yrs career otherwise after that players have come in the mid 20s server the country in their prime and left , example are our spinners see the age of ajmal saqlain and mushi , morever we are balancing this age since a long time as young players do come and they make impact and they then are a part of the team , as for the hosting point , even with ur 24 yrs age avg see ur away record :P u 19 cricketers are just raw talents which 1st class cricket strengthens if that determines the standard of the senior team then south africa wudnt be the team that they are today , as there record is nt that gud and they never have been the u19 champions yet today u cant fina a team as balance as SA

  • faizan_feroz on January 18, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    to my dear frnd azab i knw u r gonna see this sumtym as u again chose to reply me when the comments session was to be closed ! further , 1) out of the 4 teams u mentioned pak , sl, eng, wi , the only two prominent teams are the two asians and i think i admitted that u had a better record in head to head , and letx c what bd will do to sl their tour is up next , and against pak 30-1 is the tally , letx c further that will have any impact or not , further u fail to understand that england create players on whatever talent they have , they dont have genuine players like asia , hw many u19 cricketers have u seen of eng ? they first have to pass the hardships of first class cricket , still lets c what u do to them , 2) i can call u an associate once u leave the test arena until then u r a full member and as far as zim goes have u seen the record of zimbawe ??they have beaten us twice ind twice and u 5 times in their test history , they declined after the flower brothers and streath fiasco

  • British_North_America on January 18, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Kabir Ali scored 50 off 21 balls.He is an all rounder.

  • Tokai69 on January 18, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Want to BB in action in the next game with new inclusion. I think from second week BPL will pick with new replacements!

  • British_North_America on January 18, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Five teams will give good fight- Barisal, Sylhet, Chittagong, Dhaka and Rajshahi.Others are there to fill match slots.

  • StoneRosesRam on January 18, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Two mismatch games today, not looking good for this league. Pakistani players leaving will have a huge effect, watching Dhaka V Khulna was just embarrassing considering the difference in quality between the two sides.

  • funkyandy on January 18, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Top stuff from Stirlo! He's also a more than handy off-spinner. He's got the potential to be a real star of this tournament!

  • Energetic. on January 18, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Today matches were mismatches and that's what you get when you rely players from one particular country. Tomorrow games should be a cracker.

  • Energetic. on January 18, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @Albert - This is a Bangladesh league not a Pakistan league, instead of just looking at one side of the coin, also look the other side. I love it when people like you are still interested in wasting time with such a league :)

  • Keithnkin on January 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Albert_cambell; the joke is going to be on you by the time this tournament is over. you are jumping the gun. Hold your horses.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on January 18, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    BB will be stronger when Hodge & Deanly will come.

  • Albert_cambell on January 18, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    What a joke.players from ireland, zimbabwe,afghanistan and the fast bowlers(kabirs 50) from top teams showing the dominance over the local bangladeshi players. This shows the quality of cricket being played in bangladesh.

  • Shortcuts on January 18, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Happy to see Mominul play well today and its important he has a fantastic tournament so it will mean we don't have to go back to players like Nazimuddin or Shariar Nafees which I hate to see happen.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 18, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    It looks as if DG, Syhlet, DR and Chittagong look the strong teams and are expected to make it to semi-finals and the others competing for bottom place.

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  • Warm_Coffee on January 18, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    It looks as if DG, Syhlet, DR and Chittagong look the strong teams and are expected to make it to semi-finals and the others competing for bottom place.

  • Shortcuts on January 18, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Happy to see Mominul play well today and its important he has a fantastic tournament so it will mean we don't have to go back to players like Nazimuddin or Shariar Nafees which I hate to see happen.

  • Albert_cambell on January 18, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    What a joke.players from ireland, zimbabwe,afghanistan and the fast bowlers(kabirs 50) from top teams showing the dominance over the local bangladeshi players. This shows the quality of cricket being played in bangladesh.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on January 18, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    BB will be stronger when Hodge & Deanly will come.

  • Keithnkin on January 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Albert_cambell; the joke is going to be on you by the time this tournament is over. you are jumping the gun. Hold your horses.

  • Energetic. on January 18, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @Albert - This is a Bangladesh league not a Pakistan league, instead of just looking at one side of the coin, also look the other side. I love it when people like you are still interested in wasting time with such a league :)

  • Energetic. on January 18, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Today matches were mismatches and that's what you get when you rely players from one particular country. Tomorrow games should be a cracker.

  • funkyandy on January 18, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Top stuff from Stirlo! He's also a more than handy off-spinner. He's got the potential to be a real star of this tournament!

  • StoneRosesRam on January 18, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Two mismatch games today, not looking good for this league. Pakistani players leaving will have a huge effect, watching Dhaka V Khulna was just embarrassing considering the difference in quality between the two sides.

  • British_North_America on January 18, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Five teams will give good fight- Barisal, Sylhet, Chittagong, Dhaka and Rajshahi.Others are there to fill match slots.