Duronto Rajshahi v Sylhet Royals, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur February 5, 2013

Jahurul leads Rajshahi to tight win


Duronto Rajshahi 152 for 5 (Jahurul 49*, Mukhtar 26*) beat Sylhet Royals 147 for 8 (Mushfiqur 34, Munaweera 2-19) by five wickets
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Jahurul Islam's unbeaten 49 guided Duronto Rajshahi to their fifth win in the competition, beating Sylhet Royals, who remain top of the table despite the defeat.

Tamim Iqbal's absence, after he hurt his left hand while fielding, made the chase of 148 appear more impressive. After Charles Coventry and Dilshan Munaweera gave Rajshahi a positive start, they lost four wickets quickly, and Jahurul faced a familiar task of steadying the innings.

After Jahurul and Ziaur Rahman were separated in the 15th over, Jahurul added 46 off 29 balls with Mukhtar Ali to reach the target in the final over. Mukhtar was given more of the strike and the aggressive allrounder made the most of his opportunities as he struck two sixes and a four in his 17-ball 29.

This was Jahurul's third match-winning knock in a row: he scored 57 and 38 not out against Barisal Burners and Rangpur Riders before this match.

The Rajshahi bowlers had also contributed to the win, with left-arm spinner Monir Hossain and Munaweera taking two wickets each. After a strong second-wicket partnership between Paul Stirling and Mushfiqur Rahim, who added added 51 runs, the Royals lost their way as they went for too many attacking strokes.

Ben Edmondson, Naeem Islam jnr and Mukhtar took a wicket each, and helped Rajshahi restrict their opponents to 147. The seamers had made scoring difficult by changing the pace of their deliveries on a slow wicket.

Mushfiqur and Stirling, who scored 34 and 24 respectively, were the highest scorers for the Royals as none of their big-hitters down the order contributed much.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sami on February 6, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Bangladesh ODI and T20 squads look really good and competitive now and all players including the popular ones are not guaranteed their spots in the team with the snap of your fingers. Test Cricket is still a problem as we are lacking in a lot of areas and have a lot of work to do well like a proper test team should.

  • Mohammed on February 6, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I Believe Bangladesh Has Got their "No.3 spot" batsman in all forms of cricket!!

  • Syed on February 5, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Looks like Jahrul really wants to be back in national team. As his weakness is pacy short balls then foreign pacers should use his weakness. Anyway best of luck.

  • Shipu on February 5, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Only a matter of time before Bangladesh surpass teams like Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka maybe even India as well.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 5, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Amazing consistency from Johurul.He really played well to win for his team.All the best to him.

  • Shahin on February 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Jahurul is a quality master player on my eye. I wish him best of luck at future.

  • Mike on February 5, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I think BPL has benefited Jahurul and although I wasn't a big fan of him before BPL, he should be part of our national plans all the time. Its good to see for once, Bangladesh squad including reserves competitive.

  • State drive on February 5, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Bpl helps our cricketer very nicely. I have never seen how can hit a six by Jahurul, Nafees in ODI. But both Of them gets their confidence from this Bpl. Some bd players played some fearless cricket. That's why get their confidence very high & hit bowler like Fidel Edwards & Saon Tait without any fear.

  • State drive on February 5, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    When Bpl start jahurul is not a topic to discuss. But all thing changed very quickly. Jahurul has done a great job here. He is outstanding when hitting a six against spinner. He is very cool when he is in the middle till the end. He is going to be a good finisher. Not only Jahurul but some other name as Sabbir, Shamsur, Nafees is also enlighten the Bpl. Among the Top 10 run getter in the Bpl 7 of them are the local player till todate. I feel very happy to see Bd players performance.

  • Khub on February 5, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    looks lyk jahurul turning out 2 b a good SIX hitter. specially he can hit down the wicket very well

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