Chittagong Kings v Sylhet Royals, BPL, semi-final, Mirpur February 18, 2013

Ten Doeschate takes Chittagong to final


Chittagong Kings 150 for 7 (ten Doeschate 44*, Nabi 2-42) beat Sylhet Royals 149 for 7 (Chigumbura 42*, Enamul 2-24) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A late flurry of boundaries from Ryan ten Doeschate and Ariful Haque took Chittagong Kings to the BPL final for the first time. Their five-wicket win over Sylhet Royals now pits them against Dhaka Gladiators, whom they had beaten once before in the competition.

The two allrounders came together at the end of the 15th over with Chittagong still requiring 52 runs off the last 30 balls with five wickets in hand. After taking stock of the situation in a single over, the Netherlands batsman went after the Afghanistan offspinner Mohammad Nabi, taking him for 16 runs in an over with a six and a four. In the following over, Ariful joined in the fun by going after Elton Chigumbura, with 21 coming off the 18th over to ease the equation considerably.

Ariful was later bowled by Nazmul Hossain's slower delivery in the penultimate over before ten Doeschate finished it off with a slashed boundary off Sajidul Islam in the last over. He made an unbeaten 44 off 28 balls with the help of four boundaries and a single six off Nabi.

Chittagong's top-order misery, however, put them in the spot early in the chase. Chittagong hadn't successfully chased more than 136 in the tournament so it was a similar scene when Jason Roy, bowled by Sohag Gazi, and Ravi Bopara were dismissed in the first two overs. Bopara's woeful BPL campaign continued as he was out first ball to the mildly threatening Chigumbura.

Nurul Hasan and Naeem Islam added 56 for the third wicket before the former was brilliantly caught by Suhrawadi Shuvo at deep square-leg off Nabi.

Earlier, Sylhet were struck early by Enamul Haque jnr who kept them down to 51 for 3 in the first ten overs. The left-arm spinner took two for three in his first two overs. He finished with 2 for 24 from four overs, apart from Kevon Cooper's two wickets.

Sylhet were propped up by a 48-run fifth wicket stand between the captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Chigumbura in just 23 balls before a final flurry from the Zimbabwean allrounder, taking 20 off Cooper's last over, helped them to a competitive total.

Chigumbura made an unbeaten 42 off 25 balls with three fours and three sixes - two over midwicket and one over long-on - but it was still not enough to challenge a Chittagong side that managed to jump over the line at the most crucial moment.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Mahafuz on February 19, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Rafil Shah.....agree with ur first point....disagree with ur 2nd point.....its very easy to say things after the game but at that point chigumbura was the best option as he was the most experience and nazmul didn't bowled a cracker of a first over....for ur third point...well I'm betting against u.....its Gadiators all the way and Shakib for the Man of the tournament....although I feel it should go to Azhar Mahmood as its not fair to count performances of the play-offs and final

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @every1, 3 things u need to know:

    1.Nannes is injured & thats why he couldnt play the last 2 matches....Shajidul islam was his replacement.. 2.the only mistake mushfiq had done is @ the 18th over...he gave the ball to chigumbura,nazmul had 3 overs left who bowled an excellent 19th nazmul should've bowled the 18th&20th while chigumbura could've bowled the 19th... 3. RYAN TEN DOESCHATE will be the man of the tournament & CHITTAGON KINGS will be the BPL'13 champion....:)

  • Kapil on February 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Mushfiqur has been really good this tournament but the 2 mistakes he made in the 2 final matches have cost him the Cup.. And both the mistakes are common.. Playing S Chanderpaul ahead of Nannes was the biggest blunder he made.. Had Nannes played, both the results would have been different especially you look at Nannes performance in this tournament.. Just cant understand why he didn't play his best bowler in crucial game against Dhaka.. Had Nannes bowled his 4 overs.. DG would have got to 170 max.. And Sylhet already had a great batting line up, so playing Chanders who at most contributes run a ball, did not help their cause and cost them the Cup... Still they were easily the best and most consistent side this year..

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Hard luck stirling, sylhet let them selves down in the field today

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Thankz to Chittagong Kings` for winning the game . Because of Sylhet , BARISAL was out of the tournament, at least Sylhet could let Barisal Win The match against them . CHITTAGONG BEST OF LUCK FOR FINAL

  • o on February 18, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Sylhet left Elton Chigumbura to late yet again ! he has been the main man with the bat but they don't give him enough time, if he had come 1 or 2 places higher today they could have been looking at 160 plus even still like the game previous that he almost won he still salvaged a somewhat respectable total but it was to little to late and that was the difference as it would have been for Chittagong if Ten Doeschate came at 6 instead of 5 for them.

  • mohammad on February 18, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Man of the tournament I think will again be Shakib Al Hasan.

  • Jonny on February 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    haha...Syhlet!!! good luck next time :P

  • o on February 18, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Again Sylhet lost because they left the main man ELton Chigumbura to late ! If he had come one or 2 places earlier they could have made 160 plus he again batted amazingly but didn't face enough bowls to win the game due to the guys ahead of him wasting time and dot balls ! terrible management this simple change could have won the last 2 games alone.