Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 February 18, 2013

Rajshahi's luck, and Gayle's sizzling ton

Chris Gayle's stunning century and Duronto Rajshahi's good fortune feature among the highlights of the fourth week of the Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13

A look back at the highs and lows from the fourth week of the Bangladesh Premier League

The sixth gear
When Chris Gayle was on 27 off 29 balls, Dhaka Gladiators were meandering towards a below-par total in the Race to the Final game against Sylhet Royals. Then, he stunningly changed gears by going after Suhrawadi Shuvo. The 23 runs he took from the left-arm spinner took him to 55 off 36 balls. With Gayle about to face two more overs of part-timers, there lay a sixth gear in waiting.

And on queue he went after Paul Stirling and Nazmul Hossain Milon, the latter being taken for 29 runs. Gayle moved from 55 to 100 in just 10 balls, helping himself to six sixes and making a mockery of the bowlers.

The lucky losers
Before they were finally eliminated from the BPL, Duronto Rajshahi hadn't won a game for eleven days. That would look unfair to a team like Barisal Burners, who fought right till the end, but Rajshahi progressed through to the knockout stages on virtue of head-to-head results rather than net run-rate. Their initial good results had saved them, but it was a campaign that was not a happy one for them.

Coach Khaled Mashud urged the franchise to become more professional if the tournament organisers aren't keeping an eye on matters like payment and players' accommodation.

The forgotten hero
Mohammad Ashraful's maiden Twenty20 century gave his career an uplift it badly needed.

This unbeaten 103 was his first century shown on television in more than three years, after an ODI hundred against Zimbabwe in August 2009. He has scored runs sporadically, but these are the sort of runs that had defined the old, free-flowing Ashraful. This could be a one-off too, but having returned after being on the brink of getting axed from his regional team, he would like to keep this form going.

The fun captain
For all the trouble in the BPL, there have been moments of enjoyment for the players. During the Burners' last match, their captain Brad Hodge decided to have a bit of fun. He tried to imitate Hamid Hassan's serious bowler face, and his bowling action. Later, when Nazmul Islam took a wicket, he chased the left-arm spinner around the team huddle. It looked amusing from a distance, but one couldn't be sure whether Nazmul was scared or not.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Hodge has been a good franchise player for BB for 2 years and they should look to take him again next year. Too bad for BB that only BH AM and Sabbir played well in their matches.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I think BPL tournament committee must change the head to head rule. They should use net run rate as the basis of qualification for the semifinal.

  • Hasib on February 18, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Here is the bottom line: Bangladesh does not have quality fast bowlers. Sylhet could have won if they included Nanes. Why Nabi? There are planty of spinners in the country. Also Masakadza for Chanderpaul in T20 would have been a better choice.

  • State drive on February 18, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    I am not fan of Brad Hodge. He has given more emphasis to the foreign player in the batting order like Denly, Phil Mustard all r super floop. If he gave more chances to the local player like other team he will get good result. I think Brad hodge is the reason to loss of Barishal though he perform well.

  • Thyagarajan on February 18, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Gayle is the ultimate hero of all "PL" tournaments be it IPL or BPL. Talk about international matches, he is the ultimate zero.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on February 18, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    hahahaha...Brad Hodge really a great cricketer.....

  • Muhammad Rakibul on February 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Gayle played only 6 BPL innings (including BPL 1) and scored 3 Tons. He's so far the best per4mer of BPL seasons.

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