Dhaka Gladiators v Rangpur Riders, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur February 5, 2013

Dhaka go top after record-breaking total


Dhaka Gladiators 217 for 4 (Anamul 83, Shakib 42) beat Rangpur Riders 129 for 8 (Shakib 3-19, Mashrafe 2-20) by 88 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Anamul Haque got over his lean patch in the BPL with a sparkling 83, helping Dhaka Gladiators to an 88-run win over Rangpur Riders. After a half-century in the opening game, Anamul hadn't made a major contribution until today; he went after the Riders' bowlers to help his side to a BPL record team score.

With this win the Gladiators lead the points table through a better run-rate, ahead of second-placed Sylhet Royals, who have also won six games. It was the Riders' fifth loss in as many games.

Anamul struck five sixes and six boundaries in his 46-ball effort, and when he fell in the 19th over, Gladiators had closed in on 200. With Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul added 82 for the third wicket before the whirlwind 77-run fourth-wicket stand with Darren Stevens.

In both these partnerships, Shakib and Stevens attacked more than Anamul, though the quieter role suited the youngster. Gladiators were boosted by Tillakaratne Dilshan's arrival, but the Sri Lankan was left stranded in the middle of the pitch after he was deceived by debutant Murad Khan.

Mohammad Ashraful gave a catch to the only man behind him on the leg side, but Anamul, Shakib and Stevens made up for those losses. Shakib made 42 off 24 balls with two sixes and four boundaries, while Stevens hammered three fours and two sixes in his 22-ball 42.

The Riders promoted Kevin O'Brien to open the innings but the Ireland allrounder was run out after he had started off promisingly with two sixes, one of which reached the second tier of the grandstand after he had pulled Mashrafe Mortaza in the first over.

Junaid Siddique and Nasir Hossain tried to force the pace in the Powerplay overs but both fell cheaply, giving no further leverage to the Riders' chase. Shakib took three wickets while Mashrafe and Ashraful took two.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Md. Fuad on February 8, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Most Bangladeshi players including himself should go to the gym and add some muscles to be able to hit the ball very harshly!!

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    One of the sensational Game i watched in BPL2, Dhaka after a humiliating defeat by chittagong in chittagong, they are come very hard on Rangpur in this game....with all gun blazing...really AMAZING TO WATCH...all of the players are in runs in dhaka gladiators...SHAKIB...what a day he is havin...excellent 42 and 3/19, Anamul 83 runs in 40 odd balls, Mash 2/20, Daren 42 not out...simply speechless performanCE

  • Sami on February 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket is going in the right direction finally!! the key for our success is to take our domestic structure seriously and I like how we're going about it now BPL for T20, DPL for 50 overs and BCL for the long form but still need to revamp our original NCL and how to improve it.

  • Enamul on February 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    The youngstars going to establish Bangladesh as the next power house of cricket. Anamul,Shasur Rahman,Nazmul Hossain Milon,Sabbir Rahman,Mominul,Ziaur,Gazi,Naeem junior,Arafat Sunny,Taposh Ghosh,Saqlain Sajib,Soumya Sarkar are the promising world calss cricketers and more in the pipe line yet to join the procession. All the best, carry on.

  • Mahafuz on February 6, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    With Dilshan coming in, this Gladiator line-up will bat u out of the game 9 out of 10 times like old India if u give them batting wicket.....only Rajshahis batting line-up may challenge them a little bit...and with two X-FACTOR in bowling in the form of Alfonso and Shakib their bowling attack is not the worse in the competition either....so rest of the teams can count on to their blessings.....GGDG!!

  • Zahirul on February 6, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee: Both Anam and Nasir are different kind of batsmen. Anam has the elegance while Nasir is much composed and calm. Nasir is proven in dead moment and is a match winner. Anam needs to prove that however I bet he has the capability, also he can be out next captain if nurtured properly.

  • Mahmudul on February 5, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    I saw his batting today and realized that: he is an intelligent batsman with style. He can read ball very well. I also realized that he hits ball very loudly :)

  • Shipu on February 5, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    I'm just worried how our team is going to change from T20 to Test mode against Sri Lanka.

  • Shoaib on February 5, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    He is going to be Bangladesh's best batsman soon. I rate him much higher than Nasir Hossain.