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
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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 Kingzzzz 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.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

I think Dhaka will play in CLT20. This is a great win by Dhaka. I am waiting to see dhaka in CLT20.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Local boys have played better than the foreign players. Is it worth spending so much foreign exchange on imported material?

Posted by MRahmanShovon on (February 20, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Yap, DG deserves to win the BPL title, I am really surprise why DG will not get the opportunity to play Champions League T20. I do believe Dhaka will be a challenge for other team in CLT20, best of Luck DHAKA

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

I guess Gladiators to go to Champion league,but for some reason they may be overlooked(again).But in all fairness they should be given a go in CLT20.Even Sialkot Stallions got the shot,so what the hey!

Posted by Aslamdxb on (February 20, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Any idea why Chris Gayle didn't play the final yesterday?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Mashrafe also lauded Shakib for performing when the chips were down. "Shakib is a big player, he lets us drop a batsman or a bowler any day because he does both jobs so well. He was a big help throughout, especially when the top order didn't perform or when we needed to slow things down with the ball," he said. Mushfiq deserves an award no doubt as he played so well but Shakib really was the X-factor for Dhaka Gladiators. So, the Man Of The Tournament selection is justified..

Posted by obaidulmasum on (February 20, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Choosing Shakib as the man of the series is a right decision. At least I didn't find any fault in it. Shakib got 329 run with a higher run rate and he hardly found options to bat longer times because of the strongest batting line up of Dhaka. Otherwise he could also in the highest run geter list. His bowling was also super - low economy rate, higher strike rate makes him way better than Azhar mahmood. Moreover he didn't play some match. If he played those matches, if his team was weaker than Dhaka, if he captained his team I think Shakib was outclassed Mushfiq by some miles of all direction. Please stop Shakib haters.

Posted by zaeem007 on (February 20, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

I've never seen so much crowd in SBNCS that I saw in yesterday's final. The stadium was jam packed. BPL 2 was more successful than BPL 1. Inshaallah BPL 3 is going to be way lot better as the organizer have enriched their knowledge with more experiences.

Posted by aditya.continous on (February 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

CLT20 is collectively run by the cricket boards of india, australia and south africa and not the ICC...its something that these boards were not convinced with last year coz of which BPL didnt get an entry into the CLT20...for local bangladeshi players to have lucrative IPL contacts, its important that their teams are a part of CLT20

Posted by sumit176 on (February 20, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

when this GREAT tournament is going to start??

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

CL is a joint venture with few boards. Its not an ICC event for the champions of each full member.. If CL commitee thinks Dhaka team will pull crowd, eventually they will because they clearly mentioned that money is a driver for the tournament, they are not there to be fair to other boards. Hence, there are 4 Indian teams because that will bring in ad revenue..dont confuse CLT20 with World T20 tournament..

Posted by Rafelgibt on (February 20, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Congrats to Dhaka.They really deserve to win the title.But MOS must have been given to Mushfiq as he is the highest run scorer of the tournament plus 17 dismissals and excellent captaincy.What is wrong with BPL 2 jury board???By the way BCB must not forget the payment of all the players.According to the rules 50% should have been cleared as the tournament ends.Whats the progress???At last to all the people who are directly(Organizers) or indirectly(Watching on TV or attending into Stadium) participating in BPL 2 no doubt about that made a BLOCKBUSTER of en event.Congratulations to all of them.Roar TIGERS Roar>>>>

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 20, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

ICC allows teams 4m NZ HRV T20, PAK T20 league, then why nt 4m BPL in d Champions league? BPL is b8r than those two's

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

All the best Dhaka Gladiators.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (February 20, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

@FRRR - Where are you man? I remember you right from the moment BPL 2 started in the article about Owais Shah that you said BPL may have to cancel or postpone their tournament because they haven't got the players. Seems you were totally wrong and I didn't about that comment and would be reminding you if you were wrong and look kept my word but regardless, you can never get rid of BPL or Bangladesh Cricket but good luck :)

Posted by AzAb12754 on (February 20, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

BPL 2 has gone safe and successfully. Some people said that there won't be a BPL 2 last season but obviously were wrong no surprises and same people are still saying there won't be a BPL 3 yeah right. I've watched the final and from the interviews from Sheena, BPL committee and BCB president plan to make BPL 3 the best of the lot and expand to other regions i.e. Syhlet so that it will be a proper home and away bases so that every region in Bangladesh get to see their team :P

Posted by dulabari on (February 20, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Posted by Amar Mendes on (February 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT) "Can anyone tell me, which is the oldest Cricket club in Bangladesh?-------"

As far I know the first registered cricket club in Bangladesh (probably in whole Bengal) is Panditpara Cricket club in Mymensingh. It was established by famous Muktagasa Zamindar (name is probably Shasanko).

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Was Gayle injured? Or did he he had to leave for the series against Zim. & WI?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 19, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

4 weeks of T20 domestic matches is perfect. Get that out of the way then the rest of the time, our players can focus on the longer games 50 overs and first class. Bangladesh Cricket is going on the right track whilst the others or some are going down.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 19, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

You can't stop our BPL! or our Cricket 100 million Bangladeshi's in and outside Bangladesh is enough to prevent you good luck! BPL has done wonders for Bangladesh Cricket :P

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 19, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Hope Dhaka get into CLT20 definitely one of the strongest teams in t20. Also Mushfiqur or Ryan Ten Doeschate should have got man of the series!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Can anyone tell me, which is the oldest Cricket club in Bangladesh?

Here are some of the oldest clubs of their respective countries!

The Calcutta (CC&FC) founded in 1792 Singapore Cricket Club Established in 1852 Mombasa Sports Club formed in 1896 The Melbourne Cricket Club founded in 1838 Toronto Cricket Club which was founded in 1827 Phoenix CC is the oldest cricket club in Ireland, founded in 1830 Colombo Cricket Club oldest in the country, having been formed in 1832.

The 'sepoys' of regiments based in Sylhet played cricket during the British Raj but can anyone tell be when was the first club formed?

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

@gsingh - You're right nobody outside are not interested in BPL but what makes IPL different? nobody cares about IPL as well I certainly don't. Countries like USA, Russia etc don't even care about Cricket let alone IPL :P

Posted by asadc2003 on (February 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

there should be 8 ipl team in CLT20....so that ipl teams can have batter chance to win it.moreover it should be named as iplCLT20....lolz......yap its true that there is not much interest about bpl out side bd..we r not much worried about it coz any how we getting our new generation though bpl and other domestic competition .....if the world remain unaware about our talent its good for us to bring back more incident like wc2007 when big teams knocked out in goupe stage.......

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

i think, Mushfiqur is most appropriate for Man of the series not sakib. mushfiq really did some important job for sylet.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 19, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

dhaka is strong team but not enough in front of top 4 ipl teams, also nobody cares for bpl outside bangladesh. icc is right with 4 strong ipl teams. hope bpl improves and along with spl give some competition to ipl.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

I agree that Mushy should have been Man of the Series. He led from the front and was the anchor of his side's batting countless times.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

hope..BPL will come into action in the coming year with more furnished n fantastic way.....overall it was good bt not good enough as we have had some issues with payments..hope authority will hv some strong answer to solve it .cricinfo just touched the news of BPL so lets hope BPL will publish the of BPL with big fonts in the coming year........

Posted by kc69 on (February 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

@imrandumis5588:ICC can do nothing regarding BPL teams inclusion in Champions League T20 .CLT20 is owned by BCCI(70%),CA(20%) and CSA(10%).Please check your sources before putting the onus on ICC.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

dhaka winerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr bpl2013 best of the tornaman sakib weir

Posted by imrandumis5588 on (February 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Dhaka Gladiators is the strong and famous Twenty20 team of world cricket, It's unjust not to consider Dhaka Gladiators in Champions League Twenty20 approved by ICC. Dhaka Gladiators has right to play in CLT20. But, unluckily Dhaka Gladiators is has not been considered in the CLT20 2012 whether some poor and infamous franchise team has been given opportunity in the CLT20. So, why not Dhaka Gladiators?

We strongly demand and want Dhaka Gladiators in CLT20 2013 whether ICC will be argumentative.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 19, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Mushfiq deserves d man of d tournament....... i dont know 4m which point they ignore mushfiq

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Why was not Mushfique or Dooeschate not man of the series. Both man more contributions to the team for their succeses. Giving the MOS to Shakib seems to me pampering a guy who deos not need to be pampered. It was not meritrocracy! I am very dissapointed/

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

The player of the series was a tough one but I tend to go with Rahim because he played as a 'team' like you supposed to in Cricket plus his 17 dismissals as keeper and leadership. Shakib played well 300+ runs and 15 wickets but I hope this will spur him on for Sri and Zim series and dominate these all-round rankings in ODIs and Tests. Hopefully he will get another 5 wicket haul and test 100 in same innings against Sri Lanka soon and boost up his points by a long distance and show everyone who's really number 1 now.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

I am not from Bangladesh but I watched all the BPL games it is completely unfair Mushfiq was way better than Shakib he should have be man of the Series he has more runs and he is a good captain + good wicket keeper unfair ending BPL

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

what happen to kevon cooper? why didnt he play?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Anamul Haque the top run scorer at the under-19 world cup last year was breathtaking in the final today not just with the bat but with his keeping behind the stumps as well. The crowd was awesome! in shere-e-bangla, Mirpur. This BPL 2 would've made our players even more better and confident. Bangladesh Cricket is certainly on the rise!!! our fan base is enough to protect and take our team to all places.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Mushy deserved the man of the series title. He was also the highest run getter. Even Tendo was good. Anyway Congrats to the Gladiators ! And hard luck to the Kings. Congratulations to Shakib again for becoming the no. 1 Allrounder in Test. Hope he'll continue this form for the Srilanka Series and get the no.1 allrounder position at ODIs.

Posted by British_North_America on (February 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Jacob Oram, Kevon Cooper, brendan Taylor and Nayeem Islam- all injured?????????????????? Still kings owner did not go for quality replacements.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Anamul the batsman, Taskin the fast bowler and Gazi the spinner and many others are talents BPL has brought us since the moment it first started. Anamul played fantastically today and the amount of confidence our players are getting now will take our national team a lot forward. The crowd in today's final was epic!!! nothing will stop BPL good luck haters! :P

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