Dhaka Gladiators v Rangpur Riders, BPL, Mirpur January 19, 2013

Dhaka seal second straight win

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stranger2050 on January 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    NP-NY No need outside Bangladesh following BPL

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stranger2050 on January 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    NP-NY No need outside Bangladesh following BPL

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • tauhid_aks on January 20, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    NP_NY , Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Brad Hodge, Azhar Mahmood, Simon katich, Jacob Oram, Shaun Tait, owais Shah, Dilshan, Ajanta Mendis- are they not world class players, at least in T20's? And u are saying about weak bowling, what abour Chittagong-Rajshahi match, where Rajshahi defended 99? Sad to see pakistanir being jealous of us......

  • on January 20, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    that was truly a entertainment match. we all enjoy the batting of ash and nasir. without pak player bpl looking so good. yeah we miss pak players. now i hope pak players miss bpl more than us. because bpl is already rocking. so hopefully we will enjoy more awesome match next couple of game.

  • obaidulmasum on January 20, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Nasir played the second best innings played by any player of Bangladesh behind only one Sakib's last year's 84. It was amazing inning and the best part of this innings was those long distance sixes that he hit yesterday. Those 80m and 90m shot would be six in any stadium in the world. BPL rocks realy and I don't miss any Pakistani player yet.

  • NP_NY on January 20, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @Hassan Anik: Did you see the bowling strength of the other team? It's only the second season of the BPL and already there are no world class players playing in the league. No current players from any of the test playing nations are playing. Very few outside Bangladesh are following these matches. BPL is dead.

  • visionbangladesh1 on January 20, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    I personally think rangpur is a balanced team if they could replace Sharif and Tapash with some good pacers. Their bating will depend mostly on Imrul and Nasir. But if they could restrict others within 140-160 runs, they have a very good chance of winning against anyone. I would place my bet against Dhaka, Rangpur or Rajashahi to be this years champions.

  • adnann7 on January 20, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Go Dhaka Gladiators So and Win Bpl again

  • Energetic. on January 19, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Nasir Hossain knock was fantastic! proper cricketing shots and amazed how fast he runs between the wickets. Ashraful played good knock as well but Dhaka are just too strong at this moment and in the end was a comfortable win. But what I'm really surprised about is how much of a difference dew and playing under lights can be cause the first game was a low scoring affair.

  • MWaqqar on January 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    After two days of BPL it appears absence of Pak players has not made much of difference, so good luck BPL. Only ones to lose are the 26 Pak players esp those at the fag end of their carrier like Imran Nazir and Sami and many others who have no chance of getting selected in Pak team.

  • Tiger..Cricket on January 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Ashraful was great to watch but Nasir was my MOM : batting + bowling + fielding allround performance.

  • on January 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Sabbass Ashraful bhi.......................handollaaa!!!

  • on January 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    So it is proved without PAKI Dhaka Gladiators can brag off.

  • Lenin.Noman on January 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    congratulation Dhaka Gladiators. Best of luck Shakib Al Hasan.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 19, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Ash & Nasir were ecstatic today. Nasir will b the next big player after Shakib & Tamim. It's good to see that Shakib bowled well which means he recovered well 4m injury.

  • SNH4CRICKET on January 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Good Luck Ashraful. This is what we wanna see from you. Keep it up...for the gladiators and us all. Well done to Nasir for his bowling and masterly batting although his lone fight wasn't enough to beat Gladiators but it was a good show. Hope next he will have some help from other team mates.

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  • SNH4CRICKET on January 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Good Luck Ashraful. This is what we wanna see from you. Keep it up...for the gladiators and us all. Well done to Nasir for his bowling and masterly batting although his lone fight wasn't enough to beat Gladiators but it was a good show. Hope next he will have some help from other team mates.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 19, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Ash & Nasir were ecstatic today. Nasir will b the next big player after Shakib & Tamim. It's good to see that Shakib bowled well which means he recovered well 4m injury.

  • Lenin.Noman on January 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    congratulation Dhaka Gladiators. Best of luck Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on January 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    So it is proved without PAKI Dhaka Gladiators can brag off.

  • on January 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Sabbass Ashraful bhi.......................handollaaa!!!

  • Tiger..Cricket on January 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Ashraful was great to watch but Nasir was my MOM : batting + bowling + fielding allround performance.

  • MWaqqar on January 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    After two days of BPL it appears absence of Pak players has not made much of difference, so good luck BPL. Only ones to lose are the 26 Pak players esp those at the fag end of their carrier like Imran Nazir and Sami and many others who have no chance of getting selected in Pak team.

  • Energetic. on January 19, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Nasir Hossain knock was fantastic! proper cricketing shots and amazed how fast he runs between the wickets. Ashraful played good knock as well but Dhaka are just too strong at this moment and in the end was a comfortable win. But what I'm really surprised about is how much of a difference dew and playing under lights can be cause the first game was a low scoring affair.

  • adnann7 on January 20, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Go Dhaka Gladiators So and Win Bpl again

  • visionbangladesh1 on January 20, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    I personally think rangpur is a balanced team if they could replace Sharif and Tapash with some good pacers. Their bating will depend mostly on Imrul and Nasir. But if they could restrict others within 140-160 runs, they have a very good chance of winning against anyone. I would place my bet against Dhaka, Rangpur or Rajashahi to be this years champions.