Chittagong Kings v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Chittagong January 28, 2013

Chigumbura takes Royals home


Sylhet Royals 176 for 7 (Nabi 43, Cooper 3-21) beat Chittagong Kings 172 for 6 (Naeem 72, Gazi 2-21) by three wickets

Sylhet Royals bludgeoned their way to a fifth consecutive win, beating Chittagong Kings by three wickets, to increase their lead at the top of the table.

Paul Stirling, Mohammad Nabi and finally Elton Chigumbura, with 31 off 17 balls, batted aggressively to take the Royals to victory with three balls to spare. The win silenced a sell-out crowd at the MA Aziz Stadium, but part from disappointing the home support it is the sort of cricket that the BPL requires to bring in more crowds.

Stirling started the chase by going across the line a number of times in his 25-ball 38 before getting run out after a mix-up with Nabi. Stirling had earlier survived a chance off a top edge that was dropped after Ravi Bopara and Naeem Islam collided at mid-on.

Nabi made up for his error by hitting consecutive sixes soon after in a vital 43 off 26 balls. But the chase came down to Chigumbura and the Zimbabwean made the difference with his three sixes, shepherding the finish with Suhrawadi Shuvo who crunched a boundary to complete the victory.

Earlier, Naeem anchored the Kings innings to make a career-best 72 off 52 balls with nine boundaries showing he could adapt after remodelling his game to suit longer versions. Naeem and Ravi Bopara added 78 for the first wicket before the Kings started to lose regular wickets. Ryan ten Doeschate made 21 off 10 balls towards the end to prop up the total, which seemed to be enough on a slow wicket.

But the wickedly fast outfield, with barren patches around the rope, played a role as the Royals used their power to good effect. For the Kings it continued their problems at home and this was their third loss in four matches.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • State drive on January 29, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Bpl is now rocking ... Now need some highlighted article from Mr. Islam... I'm very much impressed when Bd players hit Tait, Azhar Mahmood, Fidel Edwards. Their economy rate is going very than Bd local players. That proves our quality of bowling and batting. It is also mention here that Tait can'nt retain his place in best eleven(five). It also true in case of Smith, Shiv Narayan chandarpual They can'nt better than Nabi-an Afgan or Elton Chigumbura

  • Mohammed on January 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Milon played a gem of an innings!!

  • Mohabatullah on January 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    This was an amazing win for sylhet, all the players played well specially M Nabi and Elton played a key role in this big victory for sylhet. Sylhet should give chance to M Nabi at third or fourth position he can do much for his team. Some friends are talking about the report , they should talk about the game.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    What about Milon's partnership with Md Nabi? Why isn't that in this report? Shohag's or Cooper's bowling should get a few words too!

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Great crowd today. But this report is really incomplete.

  • Sami on January 28, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Also now that relations with one 'particular' team has broken down, Bangladesh Cricket should build more the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland, Afghanistan etc so that all weaker teams are developing in Cricket and going in the right track. We or these teams want to bring Cricket forward.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 28, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Have any one noticed Paul Stirling ? He can be the next R T Doeschate from the associate nations. He played well in the world cup qualification ,t20 world cup & now in the BPL.He never gets bob down in any situation that's what I like about him. Hope he can carry on performing like this.

  • abdel on January 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    I am hearing quite a lot of words about every other player but nothing about Cooper,why is that.He was the player that could have won the match for Chittagong if he was used properly,he sometimes bowl the last over in 20/20 for Trinidad,not many batsmen have been able to handle him.I'll bet his price goes up by a substantial amount for the IPL.

  • Chris on January 28, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I think fans of other teams spoke a bit too soon about how the league will be boring and all that first get your predictions right and don't get too desperate. Today was a cracker though Chittagong really should've won hopefully next time.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    i will urge BCB to make more preparation for wickets in BPL specially t20 formats. I hope in coming t20 world cup next time it is also vital. Most of our wickets become slow and lower gradually with time or using the tactics for home condition. At least to make BPL successful we need good batting paradise in Dhaka and Khulna (ball coming to bat nicely). Also more hype and marketing, advertising is needed like Chittagong to pull people in stadiums. I hope next round Dhaka will be crowded . BCB can work with their wickets. It is too slow to chase or score easily.

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