Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, Chittagong January 28, 2013

Rajshahi set up victory with record total


Duronto Rajshahi 213 for 6 (Tamim 66, Coventry 62, Kapali 3-23) beat Barisal Burners 209 for 7 (Mahmood 54, Abul 2-43) by four runs

Duronto Rajshahi bounced back from three consecutive losses to beat Barisal Burners by four runs in a high-scoring contest. Rajshahi's 213 for 6 was the highest score in the BPL, surpassing Dhaka's 208 for 5 in the first season, but the Burners' 209 for 7 is now in second place after they maintained a high run-rate but missed vital partnerships in the chase.

Charles Coventry started the big-hit party with a 25-ball 62, with seven fours and four sixes. He reached 50 off just 20 balls at the end of the fifth over, when his opening partner Tamim Iqbal was 8 off 11 balls. Coventry fell two overs later after attempting one more charge at Alok Kapali.

Tamim took up the charge after Coventry's departure. He was severe on the spinners, and scored 66 off 47 balls. He struck five sixes and three boundaries, and maintained the 10-plus run-rate throughout his stay. Sean Ervine kept up the pace with an unbeaten 30 off 11 balls, hitting three sixes. Off the last seven balls of the innings, Ervine and Abul Hasan struck four sixes.

Kapali and Shafiul Islam conceded only 46 runs off their 8 overs, while the rest of the Burners attack was taken for 167 runs at a rate of 13.92 per over.

Burners replied in earnest but scoring 10.70 per over was a hard task. Brad Hodge blasted a few before falling to a catch at sweeper for 23. Sabbir Rahman and Joe Denly contributed slightly, while Azhar Mahmood threatened Rajshahi before Ervine had him leg-before on 54 off 28 balls.

The Burners' batsmen tried to replicate Rajshahi's 13 sixes but fell short by three, and more importantly they didn't have the sizeable partnerships that anchor such large chases. Burners slipped to the bottom of the seven-team competition after suffering their fourth defeat in five games. They haven't won a game since on January 20.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mcknamara on January 29, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Thanks to the BPL organisers for recruiting Zim players to this tournament S Irvine,Hamilton,B Taylor and Elton we are proud of u guys u make us proud,i think the Zim selestors will have a wider net to cast for the up coming West Indies Tour hope u will be auctioned for the Pakistan League

  • Mehdi on January 29, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Disappointed with the today's first match. Expecting high score thriller.Need more spotting wickets like yesterday to entertain. In Slow wicket, it is as always difficult to chase down, many one sided match. Just looks at IPL matches. BPL organizing committee should look at this matter and next time want to see more well prepared wickets. Best of Luck BPL

  • Sachin on January 29, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Enjoyed this match, Bangladeshi fan from India, Well played both the team especially Cowentry and Tamim. But we both countries have same problem we only concentrate on good batters, need to find more fast bowlers to improve the record outside Bangladesh. hope the NCL started from this year will really help Bangla deshi team to get some good fast bolers Frankly Speaking this BPL and IPL are degrading our bowlers and not giving chance to built new bowlers.

  • Jewel on January 29, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    BPL rocks... if viewer comes on the field BPL rocks..

  • Mahmudul on January 29, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Its really wonderful to watch BPL. And special thanks to cricinfo for updating regularly BPL's news. And thanks to Mohammad Isam too.

  • Abdullah on January 28, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    @swingstowin, Thank you for being a well-wisher of BD Cricket. Some people don't even hesitate to hurt others feelings. Cricket is love of our life regardless we are a Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan's or Indian. I will urge those people to stop talking trash. If you love us, we will love you back. Lots of love from Bangladesh too.

  • Syed on January 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Great matches in BPL :). Also international players love playing in packed crowds and today there was lots!!

  • Yasir on January 28, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Whatevers going between PCB and Bangladesh cricket board,i still feel really happy that BD is hosting a successful league. Lots of love,support,and best wishes from Pakistan.

  • Mike on January 28, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Also I know many will Bangladesh fans will disagree but I would rather have Alok Kapali in the Bangladesh squad then someone like Naeem or Marshall mainly because of his leg spin because he has clearly improved on it more accurate and control over his bowling and has more variations and would be ideal on slow turning surfaces.

  • Mike on January 28, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    But I'm very impressed with fast bowler Shafiul, has improved dearly and needs to be part of our plans for tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

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