Barisal v Khulna, BPL 2012-13, Mirpur January 20, 2013

Barisal cruise home against Khulna


Barisal Burners 146 for 2 (Hodge 53, Mustard 35) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 142 for 8 (Wessels 48, Kapali 1-18) by eight wickets

New arrival Brad Hodge led from the front, scoring a half-century as his team Barisal Burners beat Khulna Royal Bengals by eight wickets in the Bangladesh Premier League on Sunday. It was the first win for Barisal after they were trounced by Sylhet in the first game on the opening day, while Khulna lurched to their second defeat in as many games.

The Barisal captain struck 53 off 40 balls with five fours and a six, as he and Phil Mustard began their chase of 143 with a 78-run opening stand. Hodge opened up with a straight six and a boundary off Farhad Reza in the third over.

The loss of Mustard hardly bothered Hodge, who continued to dominate the largely inexperienced Khulna bowlers, including Afghanistan's left-arm fast bowler Shapoor Zadran. Hodge was also severe on Sanjamul Islam in the seventh over, hitting the left-arm spinner for two boundaries and a six. By the time Islam dismissed Hodge in the 13th over, Barisal had their chase under control.

Another new player for Barisal, Englishman Joe Denly, also contributed, putting on an unbroken 45-run, third-wicket stand with Azhar Mahmood.

Choosing to bat first, Khulna once again felt the absence of their Pakistan players, as they mustered a below-par score on a batting track. Captain Shahriar Nafees and Riki Wessels consolidated the innings with a stand of 58, after the loss of a couple of early wickets including that of opener Nazimuddin, who edged a cut off the first ball of the mach.

Nafees started slowly before launching into Nazmul Islam's left-arm spin in the tenth over, hitting him for four fours. Wessels, too, had his moment, hitting English pacer Kabir Ali for two sixes in the 12th over, before he was eventually dismissed for 48.

Barisal's bowlers, especially Alok Kapali and Elias Sunny, kept the opposition in check during the final overs with regular wickets.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • FAHIM on January 21, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Fidel Edwards has already joined Rangpur as far as i know. I personally think Rangpur is a very stable team. If they could get one more pacer to support Fidel, and replace Sharif and Tapash, they have the potential to play at a semis for sure! I think it's going to be Dhaka, Rajshahi, Shylet, Rangpur facing each other in the semis. These teams has pretty much similar strengths and potentials. I think only Khulna has suffered the most due to this pakistani player crisis. They should be more careful next time, and diversify their risk by choosing players from different origins. ie. Dhaka.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Hope top WI players will come soon as their T20 is finishd now.Top Players like Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Sunil Naraine, Dwne Bravo many more is coming..looking forward to see Simon Catich and some more players to come soon when big bash is finished.Top Fast bowlers like Saun Tait, Brett Lee can be a great edition as BD young players can learn a lot playing along them. also aspect some more quality players from Sri Lanka and Australia as their one day series will finish soon.

  • Aaquib on January 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Sylhet Should Win the BPL

  • Aaquib on January 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @MWaqqar WOW man...Channel9 BD Shows in pakistan ? i didnt Knew but itz a Very gud News...But i really Dont understand y there's no geosuper in Bangladesh...because itz a gud sports channel too

  • yuvraj on January 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    BPL is not missing Pak/indian and WI star players. Because Ireland,Afghan.Zim players proving as they are too good for BPL.

  • Khub on January 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Duronto's matches r looking interesting........

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Best match till date...good batting by chigumbura..want to see more top class pace bowlers and batsman around the world. Hope RR and KR will bring top quality foreigners soon...

  • Lenin on January 20, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Congratulation Barishal. Hodge welcome to bpl.

  • Nesar on January 20, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Three cheers for Barisal Burners! Hope they will regroup soon with the new players and will back to business soon

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    can they chase? did not see any successful it problem for Dhaka is lots of excitement to see chasing big scores..hope teams will start to chase successfully and win

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