Dhaka Gladiators v Chittagong Kings, BPL final, Mirpur

Favourites Dhaka win second BPL title

The Report by Mohammad Isam

February 19, 2013

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Dhaka Gladiators 172 for 9 (Anamul 58, Rubel 4-44) beat Chittagong Kings 129 (Mahmudullah 44, Thomas 3-19, Mosharraf 3-26) by 43 runs
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Dhaka Gladiators have won the BPL for the second time, Dhaka Gladiators v Chittagong Kings, BPL final, Mirpur, February 19, 2013
Dhaka Gladiators' players celebrating another BPL final win © Bangladesh Cricket Board

A mix of the unheralded, the young and a Twenty20 stalwart in Mosharraf Hossain, Anamul Haque and Alfonso Thomas helped Dhaka Gladiators to a second consecutive BPL title with a 43-run win over Chittagong Kings.

When Enamul Haque jnr was run out by Darren Stevens in the 17th over, it ended a campaign in which they were favourites from start to finish.

During the Kings' chase of 173, Mosharraf took three crucial wickets in the middle to trigger a collapse, and for this he was the Man of the Match. The left-arm spinner broke the promising 25-run second-wicket partnership between Nurul Hasan and Jason Roy. Nurul holed out to long-off before Saqlain Sajib took the wicket of Ravi Bopara, a batsman not in the best of form.

Mosharraf then took the key wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate, caught at point by Tillakaratne Dilshan for just 2. A ball later, he bowled Roy to leave the Kings struggling at 65 for 5 in the ninth over. Roy had made 40 off 28 balls with six boundaries, but his dismissal took the sting out of the Kings chase. From 50 for 1 in the Powerplay, they were reduced to 70 for 5 at the end of ten overs.

Kings captain Mahmudullah was their last hope but he fell in the 17th over. Saqlain took an impressive diving catch at short third-man to dismiss the allrounder, who scored 44 off 28 balls with three sixes and three fours.

At the start of the contest, though, the Kings looked the better of the two teams. After asking Gladiators to bat, they struck early with the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan via an in-ducker, before Anamul laid the foundation for a strong total with a sprightly knock.

Anamul added 44 runs for the second wicket with Mohammad Ashraful to ensure a smooth Powerplay, until Ashraful holed out to cover for 24. Shakib joined Anamul, and the third-wicket pair added 48 runs in just 31 balls.

Anamul reached his half-century by hitting Mahmudullah for two consecutive sixes in the 10th over, but he was cleaned up by Rubel Hossain in the next, for 58 off 36 balls with six fours and the two sixes.

Kieron Pollard failed once again, and Shakib was caught on the boundary by Ravi Bopara for 41 off 29 balls. He was also dropped twice, first by Nurul Hasan on 23, and soon after by ten Doeschate on 24. The dismissals of Pollard and Shakib slowed the Gladiators towards the end of the inning and they scored only 38 runs in the last five overs, and lost five wickets.

Rubel, who had three catches dropped off his bowling, took three wickets in the penultimate over of the innings, removing Josh Cobb, Stevens and Mashrafe Mortaza to finish with four wickets. Young Taskin Ahmed was impressive once again, taking two wickets.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Captainman on (February 21, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

BPL 2 went well simple as that definitely better than last year. Our players successfully taking on with confidence players like Dilshan, Nannes, Tait, Bopara, Stevens, Thomas, Hodge, Mahmood, Kabir, Siddle, Birt etc etc many of these foreign players even struggled against our guys. 6 of the 10 top runs and wicket takers were Bangladeshi says it all. BPL is our tournament for us Bangladeshi's in and outside Bangladesh doesn't matter what these other people think they can't take it and know it changes our Cricket for the good. 4 weeks of BPL is perfect.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

those who r doubting Dhaka's strength for CLT20 players who played for dhaka include Gayle Pollard Dilshan Shah Wright Thomas Cobb and not to forget Bangladesh r Mashrafe Shakib Ashraful Anamul and after IPL BPL offered the most money to the foreign players so if they can retain some of them and then with the bengali players its a very very competitive team !!!

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Thanks for the information, on the oldest cricket club on Bangladesh! any idea which year it was established?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

I don't understand why some of our friends giving logic for Man of the tournament for Musfiq, The selection is absolutely right no doubt. Shakib is shakib and musfiq is musfiq. Both of them had great contribution in theirs teams. But if we look at sharply then we will see that shakib done more than musfiq. Nurture his start to final how much his contribution. Shakib batting, bowling, fielding was excellent prospect. He was really an X factor for dhaka gladiators win. So shakib haters accept the reality not the emotion.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 20, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Taskin Ahmed even Sajidul Islam are new exciting young fast bowlers Bangladesh have found. I like where Bangladesh is going about their business now and focusing on all areas. But a country like India with all that people and money still cannot find proper fast bowlers lool!!! so funny.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (February 20, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

BPL 2 has found lots of great talents and performers who are not part of Bangladesh team with notable ones like Shamsur Rahman one of the top scorers in BPL 2 and possibly a full time partner for Tamim Iqbal something Bangladesh struggled with for a number of years and Taskin Ahmed an emerging teenage fast bowler who not only bowls over 130 kph at his age but has great control and accuracy and can swing the ball and knows how to rectify his mistakes quickly and come back better good prospects these 2 Bangladeshi locals are.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (February 20, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

@MAR00N5: Actually no T20 league including IPL is watched by the world but mostly by people of their own countries. You say IPL is watched by the world but why would Non-Indians care for cities like Chennai, Mumbai etc? doesn't make sense please though give me sources about your claim of ratings in England, South Africa etc. I agree with the other person that most countries in the world don't care about Cricket including IPL. Its true yes no other T20 league even combined can match IPL but that's because of India's population and lots of investors it has so nothing special about IPL just freely lucky besides, its not like it has improved Indian Cricket or anything :P :)

Posted by Third_Gear on (February 20, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

MAR00N5@ TV rating says IPL not being watched all over the world and the popularity is down. So many pepple says the Carribean T20 League was far better than IPL so dont want to compare with BPL.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (February 20, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed - IPL is watched all over the world unlike BPL. Look at the TV ratings for IPL in South Africa, UK, UAE, Pakistan and even in Bangladesh, and you'll know what I mean. On the other hand, 99.99% of the people on the globe would expand BPL as "Barclays Premier League" :P (no offense meant)

Posted by AkDoN on (February 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Not sure why Shakib is selected as Man of the series? There are lot many other guys who deserve this title.

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