Khulna Royal Bengals v Rangpur Riders, BPL 2012-13, Khulna January 25, 2013

Khulna prevail in a close contest


Khulna Royal Bengals 150 for 7 (Nafees 53, Sharif 3-22) beat Rangpur Royals 141 for 7 (Nasir 70*, Zadran 3-21) by 9 runs

Khulna Royal Bengals, playing in front of a packed Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, beat Rangpur Riders by nine runs. They have now turned around their flagging campaign with two wins in a row. Shahriar Nafees helped set up a competitive total on a pitch that was too slow for big hits before Shapoor Zadran rocked the top order of the opposition.

The fightback made for excellent viewing too, as the Royal Bengals made 106 runs in the last 10 overs, after struggling for 44 for 4 in the first 10. The fielding display also helped stop the Riders, who had won their last two games quite handsomely, from clinching the tight game. Zadran, the Afghanistan left-arm fast bowler, bowled a mean spell to take three wickets in his first two overs, while Daniel Harris kept things tight with his medium pace.

Riders' Nasir Hossain continued his good form, but was the only batsman to put up a fight, hammering 70 off 49 balls with seven fours and two sixes. He found some support from Dimitri Mascarenhas, who was foxed by Sanjamul Islam to hand back the advantage to the Royal Bengals after their 33-run sixth wicket stand.

Khulna's Nafees batted like a captain should, taking responsibility of an innings that lacked direction. Lou Vincent fell early, and the Riders lost three further wickets, but Nafees assumed control. The emphatic pulled six he hit off Fidel Edwards, the same bowler who had struck his face two years ago, was symbolic of his confidence.

Nafees scored 53 off 50 balls with five boundaries and two sixes, and added 70 runs for the fifth wicket with Harris, who stayed unbeaten on 48. Haris provided the final push to take his team to 150.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Asir on January 28, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    We alerady have many young players. No one else in Aisa has so many talented young players like we have. So it's high time for us to win big series. I'm quite sure we can beat India even in India at the moment.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Dear@Musab, Pakistan bowlers are not better than rest of asia or world. But they have many talented players who under perform in international cricket. However, I agree with you that Pakistan players need PSL or other source of income.BPL started for same purpose and to improve quality and confidence of our players. Last year was a success and this year, I feel will become more successful because local players are also performing

  • Khub on January 27, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    I dont know y sm ppl bringing IPL in dis one is claiming dat bpl b8r than dis is a gr8 tournament 4 bngldsh cricket widout any doubt... ppl started 2 come nd gallary bcoms full packed in d last 2 matches......nd i'm sure full packed gallary wil continue 4m now in bpl 2..

  • Mike on January 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Some Bangladesh fans say Nasir should bat at 3 or something totally disagree, should be batting between 4-7 positions in any format at International level. As for Shahriar Nafeex, he has to show a lot of consistent performances if he wants to return to the national side.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @Rafelgibt,@extreme Speed...First of all i would like to admit that in india pakistan..domestic players belongs from poor families,they dont have financial support as well as lack of literacy, as well as jobless, these are the factors which enforce them to play foreign leagues..Yes, it is a matter of money, and to overcome this problem PAK starting its own league PSL..which will surely help cricketers to earn handsome amount of money..where as in IPL, BPL, worthless indian and bangladeshi players who have lack in talent gets handsome amount in players, to overcome this "INJUSTICE" we have decided to start our own league PSL, which will surely revive international cricket in pakistan and our talented players will earn money according to their capabilities....As par their talent PAK's national players should be most expensive players specially bowlers...Every indian bowlers lacks in pace as they played more and more cricket! ishant sharma 150+ in Australia and nowsee him lol

  • Shoaib on January 26, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    For some reason, my other 'formal' comment wasn't published :) anyway @FrenchFan I think Tamim should be dropped takes his place for granted and is way too inconsistent. Nasir looks likely to pass them both because he is consistent and knows his game well but Anamul will be Bangladesh's best batsman.

  • Dave on January 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    This is the first bpl game I have ever seen and I didnt expect this would be as good as ipl game but this was indeed a very good high quality game. bpl seems to be going well even before sri-lankan and w.indies players have not started. Pak players would have made it more interesting but it was good for Bengal cricket because some local talents getting exposed like shamsur rahman , mosharraf hossain etc , otherwise they would have been on bench had pak players played. This is probably not a good idea but I will still ask, what do you Bengal fans think if shanmsur rahman given chance in national side to partner with tamim iqbal ? Btw, I think Nasir hossain is more talented batsman than tamim and shakib and he will soon surpass them .

  • Sami on January 26, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    If our players can successfully take on foreign players of BPL then International matches will be of no problem as well. Its all about CONFIDENCE!!!!! something Bangladesh Cricket lacked before BPL even started.

  • Sami on January 26, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @Musab - Everyone knows Pakistan players get tired so easily. Instead of worrying about us and wasting your time on a Bangladeshi league focus on your South Africa series.

  • mohammad on January 26, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    champions_of_PAKISTAN This BPl is much better than older one.Who has more glamor? Shahzaib Hasan,Khalid Latif,Fawad Alam or Travis Birt,Daniel Harris,Luke Wright?

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