Dhaka Gladiators v Sylhet Royals, BPL, Mirpur

Blazing Gayle fires Dhaka into final

The Report by Mohammad Isam

February 15, 2013

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Dhaka Gladiators 197 for 9 (Gayle 114, Sajidul 3-23) beat Sylhet Royals 193 for 6 (Mushfiqur 86) by four runs
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Chris Gayle's hurricane 114 led Dhaka to their second BPL final, Dhaka Gladiators v Sylhet Royals, BPL, Mirpur, February 15, 2013
Chris Gayle hit 12 sixes in his first BPL innings this season © BCB
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Chris Gayle powered to his tenth Twenty20 hundred in Dhaka Gladiators' Race to the Final, but despite the huge target of 197 the Sylhet Royals gave spirited chase, and ultimately fell just short of the 24 runs they needed in the final over. With five runs needed off the last ball, Elton Chigumbura swung Mashrafe Mortaza to deep midwicket, where Darren Stevens held the catch to seal Gladiators' berth in the final of the BPL.

Royals captain Mushfiqur Rahim had batted steadily for most of the chase, keeping his side on par with the Gladiators at the 10th and 15th-over marks. He had an 82-run stand with Dwayne Smith, who made 41, for the third wicket and added 46 runs with Nazmul Hossain Milon.

With 55 to defend in the last four overs, the Gladiators got two good overs from Alfonso Thomas and Shakib Al Hasan. Thomas bowled a good penultimate over to give his captain Mashrafe Mortaza 24 runs to defend in the 20th. He nearly made a mess of it, bowling a crucial no-ball when Anamul Haque had caught Mushfiqur, who was eventually run out off the next ball for 86 off 44 balls. Chigumbura was dropped soon after by Raqibul Hasan at deep square leg but was not able to hit the final ball over the boundary.

The result validated Gladiators' last-minute buy - Gayle. The Jamaican blasted 114 off 51 deliveries, hitting 12 towering sixes. His ninth six was the longest in the tournament at 103 metres and it nearly reached the second tier of the stands behind long-on. It was the third hundred of the season, and the highest so far.

The Royals' fielders stood with hands on hips and necks craned, following the path of those big hits. They had been on top until the 10th over, having reduced the Gladiators to 64 for 5. Tillakaratne Dilshan was out off the first ball of the innings to Sohag Gazi, before Mohammad Ashraful was caught at fine leg off Chigumbura. Shakib Al Hasan blasted 38 off 21 balls with four sixes but he was cleaned up by debutant Sajidul Islam, who then removed Stevens off the next ball. Anamul's dismissal in the ninth over was a major blow, but it just opened up the arena to two of the biggest hitters in the field.

The Gayle-Kieron Pollard partnership played out two quiet overs, but the pair got going in the 14th over, taking 24 off Suharwadi Shuvo. Gayle scored 23 of those, striking three sixes and a boundary. He smashed Nazmul Hossain Milon for 29 runs in the 17th over, and took 16 off Sajidul in the next, also bringing up his century. He soon got out, and the Gladiators' tail couldn't take the total past the 200-run mark.

The result meant the Royals will have to face the winner of the knockout match between Chittagong Kings and Duronto Rajshahi.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by BDHUNTER on (February 17, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

However Sylhet wins the heart of Dhaka!!

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 16, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Chris Gayle was made for T20 Cricket.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (February 16, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Good young talent of BPL 2 who can potentially play for the national team - Narul, Milon, Shamsur, Taskin etc

@derherp - He failed in all 11 innings against Bangladesh end of last year :P

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

I thought that Mushfiqur Rahim's innings of 86 was far better than Chris Gayle's 114,because Mushfiqur was facing far better bowling attack then Gayle and had to sacrifice his wicket.Chris Gayle played a tremendous of innings,but bulk of his runs was scored against the three part-time bowlers.

Most people are commenting that Sylhet Royal lost the game due to Milon coming ahead of Elton which could be true,but to me the game was lost because the Royals did not have the fifth specialist bowler.Facts and figures prove that.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Sylhet will win the FINAL obviously inshallah!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

i thnk hossain milon ahead of elton was the game turner

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Honestly speaking, This time I enjoyed BPL more due to the absence of Pakistani players.Also some quality foreign players got chance to play BPL.

Posted by Pickpocket on (February 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Mushi I'm very sorry for u. Cricket sometimes mysterious to u as last day as Asia cup final also. But u r the hero of our Bangali heart. Don't be upset it is just a match u loose. We got from u a lot of things. I believe once upon a time you get the world cup & ur all feelings come into act. U have great heart of cricket thats why I believe u can do it.

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