Dhaka Gladiators v Rangpur Riders, BPL, Mirpur

Dhaka seal second straight win

The Report by Mohammad Isam

January 19, 2013

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Dhaka Gladiators 202 for 5 (Ashraful 73, Nasir 1-25) beat Rangpur Riders 167 for 4 (Nasir 80, Shakib 2-17) by 35 runs Scorecard

Dhaka Gladiators made it two wins out of two after another comfortable win, this time beating newcomers Rangpur Riders by 35 runs. Mohammad Ashraful played like the old, carefree approach he's been known for with a 47-ball 73. He struck the ball sweetly to set up the win, as Riders couldn't do enough to reach the target that had a required rate of more than 10 an over.

Nasir Hossain and Niall O'Brien steadied the Riders' innings after they lost three early wickets by the sixth over, which included the wicket of Kevin O'Brien. They added 118 runs for the fourth wicket, the first century partnership of the tournament. A confident Nasir struck half a dozen sixes and five boundaries in his 49-ball 80 which kept the small crowd entertained. He had support from Niall who didn't contribute a boundary during the partnership, but fed him the strike regularly. He ended up with an unbeaten 40 off 35 balls with a solitary boundary.

Earlier, Ashraful began his innings by playing second fiddle to Luke Wright, Dhaka's latest arrival from the Big Bash League. Wright looked set for a big innings but mistimed left-arm spinner Amit Kumar in the fifth over. The former Bangladesh captain then dominated the second-wicket stand, worth 57 runs, with Anamul Haque as he reached a half-century off 30 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan came and went after hitting a six and a four, after which Ashraful and Owais Shah added 36 runs for the fourth wicket. Ashraful, with eight fours and three sixes, dictated the Riders bowling attack that lacked the pace to unnerve him, but it was the final push from Shah and Joshua Cobb that got Gladiators to their second score of over 200 runs. The pair added 54 off just 25 balls, with excellent running and good hitting from Cobb who struck two fours and two sixes in his 17-ball 34.

Riders bowled poorly, despite their local experience in the form of Tapash Baisya, Mohammad Sharif and captain Abdur Razzak, though it was Nasir Hossain's tidy off-breaks that gave away least runs in the innings.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by The_Ashes on (January 22, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@NP_NY - This is a BANGLADESHI league NOT a world league. The purpose of this tournament is to unearth youngsters, gain experience and skills against various foreign players all over the world and make revenue so it can be used to help develop Bangladesh Cricket. Everyone knows including you the first edition of BPL changed the Bangladesh national team in terms of attitude and this season will be even better. If you're talking about Test Cricket, yes Bangladesh will still struggle in that format for a while yet as they don't actually have good bowlers to take 20 test wickets but they are no doubt improving in that format as well as the others. But for now, Bangladesh will realistically win lots of limited overs games compared to Test Cricket against any opposition.

Posted by Rukon98 on (January 21, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

This is Ashraful....he prooved again he is the only one piece in Bangladesh. Congrats ashraful keep it up ur form. Play ur natural game.

Posted by ZsZs on (January 20, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

" old, carefree approach he's been known for with a 47-ball 73" - is that good or bad? The reporter seems to be infusing a comment knowing well that it is a loaded statement. So pray tell.

Posted by Stranger2050 on (January 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

NP-NY No need outside Bangladesh following BPL

Posted by Bullet_Proof on (January 20, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Hey I have taken U trun BRO. NASIR performance insisting me to support RANGPUR RIDERS now. RR is the the best...RR RR RR RR

Posted by Sabiaah_Naz_BD on (January 20, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I wanted to see a Nasir century....Anyway, it was a good show from both teams....

Posted by rasel_drubo on (January 20, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

@ NP_NY: I dont think you follow world cricket.....No current players from any of the test playing nations are playing beacuse all the teams are busy with their running serise. AUS/SL, SA/NZ, ENG/IND all are playing cricket now.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 20, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Really enjoying the matches. Looks like BPL is have got more attraction due to the curtail of the Pakistani players,especially the eye catching performance of local players like Ashraful,Nasir,Anamul,Abul Hasan,Mominul Huq,Shakib,Mahmudullah,Abul Hasan,Mosharraf Rubel etc. No doubt BPL brought in limelight but Bangladesh has a good generation cricketers which gonna dominate the world within a decade.

Posted by Bangla_r_tufan on (January 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Well done Ashraful and Cobb.Dhaka Gladiators Rocks.Waiting for Dilshan,Mendis,Alfonso THOMAS and Pollard. Then we will be Unbeatable. :D

Posted by tauhid_aks on (January 20, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Rangpur's bowlers are not that bad, just that Ashraful was too good for them. And I would love to see associate players like Stirling and Mohammad Nabi rather than third class pakistani players like Azeem Ghumman. As a fan, I like effecient players, not crowd pullers who perform once in 10 matches.

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