Duronto Rajshahi v Sylhet Royals, BPL, Mirpur January 20, 2013

Chigumbura seals second win for Sylhet Royals


Sylhet Royals 150 for 6 (Chigumbura 43*, Naeem 2-17) beat Duronto Rajshahi 147 for 8 (Jahurul 50, Chigumbura 3-21) by four wickets

A late assault from Elton Chigumbura and Nazmul Hossain Milon helped Sylhet Royals to a thrilling four-wicket win over Duronto Rajshahi. Even though both sides were in command in different stages of the game, victory was finally clinched by the Royals thanks to a brilliant all-round show from Chigumbura.

Duronto had the game all but wrapped up when they reduced the Royals to 80 for 6 in the 14th over in pursuit of 148 runs. But the match changed its course when Chigumbura cracked Abul Hasan for a six and a four in the following over. After an eight-run over off left-arm spinner Monir Hossain, the pair launched into Sean Ervine, who gave away two sixes in his 18-run over. It helped the Royals cut down the asking run-rate drastically from over 11 per over to 27 off 18 balls. Chigumbura added another six and two more boundaries, before Milon finished the game with a boundary off the first ball of the last over. The pair added 70 runs in just 34 deliveries, though Milon did survive after being caught off a no-ball in the 19th over. Chigumbura, having a lot of experience in Bangladeshi conditions, was unbeaten on 43 off just 21 while Milon, a big-hitting sensation locally, made 33 off 22.

Before the final assault, it was the young Duronto spinners who kept things tight with their accuracy and flight. Naeem Islam jnr, Taijul Islam, Monir Hossain and Farhad Hossain shared all six wickets among them. Tamim Iqbal's plan was to use his experienced seamers for the latter overs, but it backfired along with his decision of not making Farhad complete his quota of four overs after he had conceded just five runs. The faster bowlers - Abul, Ervine and Ziaur Rahman - gave away 74 runs off 5.1 overs, and it hurt Duronto badly.

The Royals however would be somewhat disappointed after giving away such a good start with the ball, and having to fight so hard to win the game.

Jahurul Islam pulled the Duronto innings out of an early scare, as he batted confidently. Offspinner Sohag Gazi had captain Tamim Iqbal caught and bowled off the first ball of the match, and soon, Duronto's experiment of using Mukhtar Ali as an opener also backfired when he was caught behind off the same bowler, in the third over.

From 9 for 2, Jahurul added 63 for the third wicket with Moeen Ali, who batted scratchily for 35 deliveries to make just 24. Jahurul however struck five fours and a six in his 38-ball 50, and ensured his team reached a decent score before getting out in the 19th over. Ziaur also hit a six and three boundaries in his 19-ball 21 before Ervine and Farhad scampered to put up a respectable total.

The Royals bowlers were initially led by Gazi's two wickets but Chigumbura's three wickets and offspinner Mohammad Nabi's four tight overs ensured control. Dirk Nannes, who flew in the day before, looked tame and as a result, went wicketless despite being the most experienced in the attack.

Before their next matches in Khulna, Duronto would eagerly want their foreign signings to arrive as they have had to function with just 12 players.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sami on January 22, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Fantastic to see some Pakistani fans giving their thoughts on a minnow league glad you have the time. Actually Bangladeshi players are the stars of the show if you look at the other side of the coin i.e. Nasir 80, Ashraful 73, 53 Tamim, Anamul 50 etc bowling 4 wicket haul by one of the Bangladeshi already and so on. Glad BPL worries you because we know its what gives our players lots of confidence for the International arena :P :D :)

  • Shoaib on January 22, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @TopOrder: So? what's the matter? why don't you look at the left hand side and see how unevenly the matches are distributed between the teams there's your answer. Example Sri Lanka played 34 ODIs in 2012 whereas Bangladesh 9 hope you know your maths and the difference now. Even Zimbabwe played 3 ODIs and 1 test match in 2012 so there's your answer whythese teams are bottom, these teams will never have a chance to climb up. Funny you have ranking tables even when a few teams play Cricket lolz should compare itself with other sports and see how much of a joke Cricket rankings really is hope you understand the point :P

  • Adeel on January 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee...And if u will click the second link next to Popular. your heart will be broken by seeing ur position in ICC Rankings. How brutal is that???

  • zahedulislam on January 22, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Sylet royels need some foregion player

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @drnaveed - You sound like a broken down tape recorder!!!

    Get real,dear chap and looks like this successful BPL is making you very jealous.

  • Naveed on January 21, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    So zimbabwe palyers are stars of the show lol shows the quality of cricket being played. All we hear is excuses for no crowds like its cold its early stages etc etc. Show flopped! Just admit it!!!!

  • syed naveed on January 21, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    well ,some of the comments show that this edition of BPL is more exited, well organised ,and perhaps has worked well with the absence of Pakistani side.it seems to be a good joke, some of the ZIM players are performing well so far in this edition of BPL, and REMEMBER , BD is currently 9th in T20 rankings ,where as ZIM is currently 11th in the T 20 rankings. So, what point does BD fans are trying to prove here ????. ZIM players are gaining some thing out of it, rather than the BD players, who have a better rankings than the ZIM side both in fifty overs and twenty overs matches. yes, by playing with some top cricketing side ,one can gain some thing, but , i am afraid , you don't gain any thing by playing with a far below side even than yours ??????. got it ???

  • Mike on January 21, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    For those wondering why some franchises are reluctant to replace those Pakistan players with more big names or whoever is because of the expenditure cap. All franchises for this season signed an agreement relating to payments and all that and if the same thing happens again then they will lose their franchise. Its better for BPL if no risks are taken otherwise there won't be any future editions.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I think this years BPL is far more exciting than last years and far better organised.Looks like the organisers have learned from their previous mistakes and it can now only get better in the future.From what I am hearing the payment issue should be no problem this year.Good to see local Bangladeshi and associate talents on show and are doing rather well.It seems without the Pakistani players it has worked out quite well for Bangladesh.Crowd attendances has been bit disappointing,but with record cold weather and being initial stages of the tournament it's nothing so surprising there.Well done Bangladesh and to the BPL organisers.

  • naveed on January 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I think even Bangladeshi players are not playing by hearts as they dnt have better players of any country to play except Associates