Khulna Royal Bengals v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2013, Khulna January 23, 2013

Sylhet Royals win three in a row


Sylhet Royals 146 for 4 (Masakadza 52, Stirling 38) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 145 for 7 (Wessels 63*) by six wickets

Hamilton Masakadza and Paul Stirling made it a short evening's work for Sylhet Royals, who blazed to a six-wicket victory - their third in a row - against Khulna Royal Bengals. Their 78-run stand, which helped Royals to the highest Powerplay total of the BPL - 81 for 1 - came after the unlikely new-ball pair of Dirk Nannes and Sohag Gazi had produced identical figures to limit Royal Bengals.

Nannes and Gazi both had figures of 2 for 20 from four overs, and Suhrawadi Shuvo took 1 for 22, making it only 62 runs off those 12 overs. Though Khulna tried to make up by adding 83 in the other eight overs, their total of 157 for 4 was modest. The Royals captain Mushfiqur Rahim also had a role to play: he took two superb catches, the first one breaking an important partnership between Riki Wessels and Daniel Harris. Wessels remained unbeaten on 63 off 44 balls, with four boundaries and a couple of slog-swept sixes.

During the chase, Masakadza blasted Shapoor Zadran for a boundary and two sixes before Stirling finished the innings' second over with two more boundaries to take 25 off it. Masakadza scored four boundaries in Farhad Reza's next over, before leaving it to Stirling to pick up four sixes in the next two overs off Nabil Samad and Sanjamul Islam, who was hit for three sixes in the space of four balls in his first over.

Stirling missed a straight one from Nabil before Masakadza was cleaned up by a beauty from Zadran, this time coming from around the wicket. By then, however, the Royals needed to score at four an over in the next nine overs to complete the win, which they eventually did with 22 balls to spare.

The Royal Bengals are bottom in the league after losing their third game in a row, while the Royals are level with Dhaka Gladiators on six points at the top of the table.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sami on January 24, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Syhlet have come back strong this season.

  • Shipu on January 24, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    @Albert:- Great to see Pakistani fans wasting their 'precious' time on a Bangladeshi league. Actually if you even bothered to look at the other side of the coin, the top run scorer so far in BPL is a Bangladeshi, top wicket taker so far in BPL is a Bangladeshi, most catches so far in BPL is a Bangladeshi, most dismissals so far in BPL is a Bangladeshi, its all recorded on Cricinfo stats have a look good luck! :P

    A Bangladeshi so far has already scored a T20 100, others like Nasir and Ashraful have scored 80 and 73 respectively. Other fifty plus scores so far from players like Tamim, Anamul, Shamsur etc. So far only 2 players have taken 4 wicket hauls in BPL and guess what? they are Bangladeshi so I hope that answered your question good luck next time :D

  • Khub on January 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    SHAmsur nd sabbir did a brilliant job

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Lol albert, I doubt you follow any of the matches the locals have scored good in.

    I suggest you take a look at other matches, and check whether locals haven't done well enough. Hell, just a few days ashraful won it DG and nasir hossain scored an 80 I believe. They are performing alright, just people like you wouldn't admit it.

    That being said, BPL is going alright, definitely need to hope for more crowd presence.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Sylhet's team balance & the performance r just d opposite........i dont think sylhet is dat gud a team...........still a long way 2 big fours r still Dhaka,Chittagong,Rangpur & Rajshahi......we will hve to watch out for Burners once narine comes.........

  • yuvraj on January 24, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Top scorers-Masakadza 52, Stirling 38,Wessels 63*. All of them are foriegners. Even ZIm players are dominating them. where are the so called talented yougsters from Bang?

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 24, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Last match was really an entertaining one...I really enjoyed much....Good to see Starling and Masakadza are playing well.....Hope rest of the world has opened their eyes to watch that we BAN Cricket are caring about ZIM, IRE, NETH, AFGAN and others....ROAR TIGERS ROAR>>>>

  • FAHIM on January 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    @ SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u: Well when Dhaka beat Rangpur they were 80% efficient. Now they have a better pace attack with the exclusion of Tapash and Sharif. Their batting will is pretty stable also. I think Rangpur will pretty much win all the games they play from this point on. Shylet is doing good also. But I do not this they are as strong as Rangpur at this point in time. And Dhaka is too strong for Shylet, given both Mashrafee, and Shakib like players are on that team.

  • Md Iftekhar on January 24, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Don't understand why PAK people are so much concerned about BPL, even when PAK players are not playing

  • Aaquib on January 24, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    @visionbangladesh1 what are u on about ? except for khulna other 6 teams are balanced...and rangpur already lost to the big match will be between Sylhet and Dhaka

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