Dhaka Gladiators v Chittagong Kings, BPL final, Mirpur February 18, 2013

Dhaka Gladiators vie for second title


Match Facts

February 19, 2013
Start time 1800 (1200 GMT)

Big Picture

Dhaka Gladiators will play with a Chris Gayle-sized hole in their line-up for the final. But credit to the make-up of their team. They take on Chittagong Kings, against whom they first lost a match before winning one. It is shaping up to be a close contest as the Kings have picked up momentum at the right time, but the Gladiators are a side heavy on Twenty20 specialists.

The Gladiators have had a solid campaign so far, much of it due to their squad that was the best on paper before the tournament started and remains so, through the 13 matches. Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Anamul Haque and Darren Stevens have led with the bat while Alfonso Thomas' Twenty20 experience has been vital with the ball, picking up 17 wickets. Shakib and fellow left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain have taken the bulk of the wickets together and their combined eight overs will again be important.

Kings' strength is in their bowling, especially left-arm spin. Enamul Haque jnr has taken 18 wickets and his four overs will most likely be played out quietly by the rampant Gladiators. The batting will be propped up by Ryan ten Doeschate who has played several vital knocks, but the lack of runs from Ravi Bopara is a problem that needs to be solved on the big day.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches)
Dhaka Gladiators WWLWW
Chittagong Kings WWLWL

In the spotlight

After Gayle's departure, Shakib Al Hasan will again be the most important player in the Gladiators' line-up. Shakib has had a quiet tournament so far, though there have been the odd contributions. He will bat at No. 3 and the four overs of left-arm spin will hold the key for the defending champions in the final.

Enamul Haque jnr has been the vital performer for Chittagong Kings even on bad days. Apart from the wickets, he offers control in a bowling attack that is slowly shaping up at the right time of the tournament.

Team news

Since Luke Wright is in New Zealand and Chris Gayle returned after one match, Ashraful is likely to open and Josh Cobb could make it to the playing eleven of the Gladiators.

Dhaka Gladiators (probable): 1 Tillekaratne Dilshan, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Anamul Haque (wk), 5 Darren Stevens, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Josh Cobb, 8 Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), 9 Alfonso Thomas, 10 Mosharraf Hossain, 11 Saqlain Sajib

The same line-up is likely for the Kings as they have won two games on the trot with this eleven.

Chittagong Kings (probable): 1 Naeem Islam, 2 Jason Roy, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Nurul Hasan (wk), 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Kevon Cooper, 8 Jacob Oram, 9 Ariful Haque, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Enamul Haque jnr

Stats and trivia

The war of the wicket-takers will be a sideshow in the final. Thomas has 19 wickets while Enamul is on 18 wickets.


"We have to play our best cricket because there's no second chance. I am confident of the team, because we have done very well throughout the competition."
Dhaka Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza is upbeat about defending the title.

"There are no favourites in a Twenty20 match, but Dhaka Gladiators are a good side."
Chittagong Kings captain Mahmudullah is not underestimating the opposition.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • PT15 on February 19, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    It is always said that cricket is a team game and T20 is not an exception but the fact remain that player like gayle can singlehandedly take the match out of their opposition, without gayle this match will be more even contested, both teams are in good form, no such need of drastic changes apart from taylor, he should play this game for Chittagong, hoping for Dhaka win and a good inning from shakib, go shakib.....

  • TriniCricketer on February 19, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    I think Gayle is going to be opening for Dhaka. 'Him not playing' is just a tactic to catch Chittagong off guard!

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    chittagong will win inshalla.......................

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I hope Chittagong Kings will win the match today.

  • saifur.raffael on February 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Got the match ticket finally after 6 hours of long struggle in a long line....Hope the cricketers wont disappoint us....

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    i hope dhaka win.today. gayle coming dhaka will power

  • dummy4fb on February 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Today is a day for Dhaka...

  • Shamim_araf on February 19, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    i think Dhaka will grab the title again & hopefully join champions league next edition.........

  • Shamim_araf on February 19, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    chris is not fact to dhaka gladiators win or loss.....Dhaka will grab the title again

  • ArshedBD on February 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    go Chittagong king u win the match....