Dhaka v Rajshahi, BPL 2012-13, Khulna January 22, 2013

Wright-Shakib stand wins it for Dhaka


Dhaka Gladiators 156 for 8 (Wright 51, Ali 3-19) beat Duronto Rajshahi 143 for 3 (Tamim 57, Shakib 1-18) by 13 runs

Luke Wright and Shakib Al Hasan's aggressive partnership at the top of the order was enough to take Dhaka Gladiators to their third successive win as they beat Duronto Rajshahi by 13 runs. They would have liked to have done the job in front of a bigger audience than the poor crowd that turned up at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Shakib also contributed with a tight spell with his left-arm spin and crucially, bowled a tight penultimate over, keping the ball out of the reach of Simon Katich and Ziaur Rahman. He gave away just seven runs when Rajshahi needed 32 off 12 balls, ensuring there was no last-over drama.

The two Rajshahi batsmen at the end couldn't capitalise on the base set up by Tamim Iqbal, who made 57 off 41 balls. The left-hander had struck four boundaries and two sixes, but with 70 needed, he was caught behind off Shakib. Mosharraf Hossain and Kaushal Lokuarachchi took one wicket each while Alfonso Thomas, after joining Gladiators on Monday, bowled four excellent overs (though he went wicketless).

The Dhaka side also gave away a good start provided by Wright and Shakib. The pair added 79 for the second wicket. Wright made 51 off 37 balls with a six and eight fours while Shakib struck five fours and a six in his 21-ball 37. They took 16 each from the sixth and seventh over, bowled by Ben Edmondson and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. The pace at which they put up the stand - just 39 balls - made sure they had nine overs for their batsmen to aim for a big total . They took the score from 26 for 1 after five overs to 101-2 in the 11th over when Wright got out.

But by the time both got out, the rest of the Dhaka batsmen were caught trying to clear the boundary and they petered to 156 for 8 in 20 overs, adding just 55 runs in the last nine overs and losing six wickets.

Moeen Ali got three wickets with his part-time offspin while left-arm spinner Monir Hossain was the new-ball star picking up two for 22. Edmondson and Katich gave away 54 runs from their combined four overs as they struggled to understand the conditions.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 25, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    People need to understand that Cricket matches are long even T20 3 something hours and many people just don't have time to watch or stay for that long in the stadium. Also Cricket matches are played on working/school days and most Cricket fans wherever you are in the world prefer watching International matches over Domestic matches. Even a huge Cricket fan like me and probably most don't have the time watching most of the Cricket matches and instead watch highlights or read the scorecards. Its hard to say why crowds in this season BPL is small in numbers maybe because they don't really take these domestic tournaments with interest which is why our other tournaments like DPL and BCL also doesn't draw any crowds. However as the tournament progresses crowds will generally build even the semi finals and final last year saw BPL jam packed.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    productivity- Even when Pakistani players last BPL, we started off with less audience. Also how many times do we have to remind you, the ticket prices are high enough to stop audiences from coming. We shall see a change in this soon enough with locals performing.

    Also, the players you mentioned, afridi really? Although I respect him a lot, I don't remember the last time he did anything fabulous with the bat.

  • Abdul on January 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Warm coffee & bigdhonifan: Keep it up. Keep ur negative comments. In spite of that BPL will go better. It's going bigger an better every day. Shariar Nafis just made his 100 in T20. Ashraful, Anamul & Nasir will make it soon. The competition is going fare. We know why IPL chief fired and the another smell of Pakistanies. So keep your criticism. It will make BPL better and stronger.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 23, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Yeah some teams like Khulna,Sylhet & Rajshahi r struggling wid big names in their teams.....but hope dis will get resolved soon after Srilankan plyrs return from d Australia tour....Dilshan,Mendis,Thiramane,Mathews,Pererra & probably Kulasekara enough to replace the Pakistani players....

  • mohammad on January 23, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Elluvetti Who said this BPL does not have glamor.This BPL is only missing B category Pakistani players who played in the last edition because they were out of their national team.Rather this BPL has more stars like Luke Right, Owais Shah,Dilshan,Mendis,Deskate,Oram,Tait,Nannes etc.Yes, we are missing Gayle.

  • Tayeb Islam on January 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Its true that this BPL and last BPL is totally different,don't have enough spectators,don't have any glomour,lack of famous cricketers,all of this are true but if you are watching this BPL you can realise that our local players are doing good,so its a good news for us cause BPL is Unlike IPL

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 23, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan...........i dont see in any way dat BPL is in its last season........the fact is dat BPL is currently not running on the format of home n away matches like IPL or BBL...this 1 is d only reason BPL getting only half crowded stands..only Dhaka,Khulna and Chittagong have d home ground so its unlikely for home regions people to go an watch matches not comprising of their teams........though within 2014 BCB will give the Shaheed Kamruzamman Stadium (Rajshahi) & Sylhet Divisonal Stadium (Sylhet)...N probably give Shaheed Chandu Stadium (Bogra) to Rangpur,which r under construction now ......and another point for BPL to survive for longer period is dat BPL is helping BD cricket grow unlike IPL,which is just d opposite........:D :D

  • Muhammad on January 23, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Now BCP should realise that without PAK palyers this event will not attaract crowed. Pak players are the beauty of cricket.............We are the crwed pullers. Imran, afridi, Razzaq, Akmal Brothers, Jamshed are the real entertainers of cricket. If someone from BCP honestly compare last event vs current they will saw the difference.

  • Khub on January 23, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Sakib got 100 wicket in t20......should hav mentnd here

  • Dave on January 23, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is more talented batsman than shakib and tamim. They have experience but with the same amount of experience Nasir would surpass them.

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