Dhaka Gladiators v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Khulna January 25, 2013

Mushfiqur steers Royals to comfortable victory


Sylhet Royals 157 for 3 (Mushfiqur 75*, Thomas 2-27) beat Dhaka Gladiators 152 for 8 (Ashraful 38, Nannes 2-27) by seven wickets

Sylhet Royals achieved their fourth win in a row to lead the points table, beating Dhaka Gladiators by seven wickets in Khulna in the first big match-up of this year's BPL. Dhaka also went in the game unbeaten but fall to second after their first loss. The Royals' victory was secured by an expertly paced innings from their captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored an unbeaten 75 from 50 balls, hitting three fours and four sixes to shepherd the chase of 153 in front of a near full house.

After an initial burst from Gladiators' seamer Alfonso Thomas, Royals lifted the pace with a 79-run stand in 61 balls between Mushfiqur and Mominul Haque, before the latter was caught at long-on for 37. When the big hits were needed, Nazmul Hossain Milon, who made 25 off 17 balls, added 55 for an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand with Mushfiqur, smashing six sixes between them. The Gladiators' bowling, apart from Thomas and Saqlain Sajib, looked ineffective.

In contrast to Royals' innings, Gladiators weren't able to control theirs well. Mohammad Ashraful and Anamul Haque scored in the thirties, though neither could push the tempo at the top of the order. Darren Stevens and Josh Cobb lifted the run rate with a few sixes but the Royals kept taking wickets. Mohammad Nabi and Dirk Nannes took two wickets each, while the others too chipped in, and also kept it tight, Sohag Gazi and Bishawnath Halder in particular.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Shoaib on January 26, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Rahim is the captain what'd you expect? he took a lot of responsibility during the Windies one-day series and won us the series was man of series as well.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 26, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Such an incredible innings by our BAN captain Mushfiq.....This guy is really getting better and better......I really wonder what is our PAK friends are thinking this time???BPL 2 such a miss.....LOL......Roar Tigers Roar>>>>

  • Smith on January 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Rahim is improving as a batsman timing the ball much much better. Future of Bangladesh Cricket looks great!!!

  • Azooz on January 26, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Nabi the leading wicket taker of the tournment and comes Shahpoor 2nd. This showes Afghanistan bowling is fine. Better the India & BD

  • Khub on January 26, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    gr8....what a full packed gallary....looked lyk an intrnational match..bpl now starting 2 rock, where is those guys now who predicted bpl wont get full crowd.... perfect answer 4m bd ppl..

  • Aaquib on January 25, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Only Masakadza should be replaced by Dwayne Smith...stirling is doing fine

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    best performence by SR . in one words fantastic. there are few week points for sylhet and i will like to MASAKADZA replace by D SMITH and P STARLING replace by chandarpoul . chigumbura is ok in his place .

  • Aaquib on January 25, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Yeah..Sylhet Royals...Should Win This BPL

  • Shipu on January 25, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Great that Shiv will be coming he actually played well in BPL 1. Hopefully our Bangladesh batsman will learn some few things from him.

  • nayeem on January 25, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Sylhet Royals is looking invincible. Good to hear Shiv chandarpaul and DR Smith gonna to join soon. They will b indomitable. Loving this BPL 2.....

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