Dhaka Gladiators v Chittagong Kings, BPL final, Mirpur

Dhaka Gladiators vie for second title

The Preview by Mohammad Isam

February 18, 2013

Comments: 22 | Text size: A | A

Match Facts

February 19, 2013
Start time 1800 (1200 GMT)

Ravi Bopara's knock of 38 helped Chittagong to their first win this season, Barisal Burners v Chittagong Kings, Bangladesh premier League, Khulna, January 24, 2013
The lack of runs from Ravi Bopara is a problem that needs to be solved by Chittagong Kings on the big day © Chittagong Kings

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

RSS Feeds: Mohammad Isam

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by 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.....

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I hope Chittagong Kings will win the match today.

Posted by 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....

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Today is a day for Dhaka...

Posted by Shamim_araf on (February 19, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by ArshedBD on (February 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

go Chittagong king u win the match....

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Replace Ravi Bopara and bring on Brendon Taylor... i think Chittagong have 75% of winning chance for this match... i reckon this match will be a low scoring game!!!!

Posted by www.cricketforever.net on (February 19, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

No Gayle lol !Now Dhaka will lose ! Chittagong will win ! ;)

Posted by TriniCricketer on (February 19, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

I get the funny suspicion that Dhaka saying Gayle is not playing is a distraction tactic. I'm pretty sure Gayle will be padding up to face the first ball tomorrow.

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (February 19, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

What is with Chittagong, they got 3 injured players but none to replace them! This is silly and selfish management; seems like they lack the urge to be champion. It's been really lucky they made this far. CTG should have brought back the replacement for Taylor/Tait the moment they knew the players are not available for the rests. While Dhaka, even having good players in reserve, brought Gayle/Pollard for a single match, that's the attitude of a Champion team should be.

Posted by British_North_America on (February 19, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Drop Cooper, pick Tait.He is a big match player.

Posted by ZsZs on (February 19, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Isn't Shakib injured and not able to play test?

Posted by Navin84 on (February 18, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

What happen with Gayle? Why is he not playing?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Chris Gayle gone .. may be its a bad sign for Dhaka

Posted by Shajadul on (February 18, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Go both teams and deliver a thriller.....love BPL.....

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

DHAKA & CHITTAGONG.. the top two biggest cities of BD !! its not just gonna be the battle between teams, its gonna be a battle between cities & citizens !!! cant wait... its gonna be a cracker !!

Posted by wiseshah on (February 18, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Watch out for new sensation taskin, anamul and nurul hasan

Comments have now been closed for this article

Email Feedback Print
Mohammad IsamClose
Tournament Results
Dhaka v Chittagong at Dhaka - Feb 19, 2013
Dhaka won by 43 runs
Chittagong v Royals at Dhaka - Feb 18, 2013
Chittagong won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Chittagong v Royals at Dhaka - Feb 17, 2013
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Chittagong v Rajshahi at Dhaka - Feb 16, 2013
Chittagong won by 4 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
Dhaka v Royals at Dhaka - Feb 15, 2013
Dhaka won by 4 runs
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days