Dhaka v Rajshahi, BPL 2012-13, Khulna

Wright-Shakib stand wins it for Dhaka

Mohammad Isam

January 22, 2013

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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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Posted by AzAb12754 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by A.Awal 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.

Posted by saifur.raffael 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....

Posted by British_North_America 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.

Posted by Elluvetti 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

Posted by saifur.raffael 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

Posted by productivity 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.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 23, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

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

Posted by FrenchCricketFan 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.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 22, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

The amount of left arm spinners in Bangladesh is shocking!!! but glad we have found a decent off spinner in Shohag Gazi otherwise we would've had no choice but to include another unnecessary left arm bowler in our side.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 22, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

After removing all Pak players I was waiting to watch BPL for the first time. The first match I got to watch was this Dhaka Vs Rajshahi ( as I didn't preferred watching mediocre Bangladeshi players, and was waiting for some match were Shakib play's). But Disappointed the fact that quality is too low and there was not enough spectators. I don't think this way BPL will survive as team owners get money from ticket collections.BPL , If you want to watch how a domestic T20 tournament conducts, wait for April 3rd and tune into KKR vs DDD match at Eden Gardens...Good Luck for BPL though..Hope it survive for some years..

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 22, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Shakib needs to stop with that scoop shot because its getting out cheaply and not necessary. I also prefer to see Anamul bat at opening position for DG instead of Ashraful so he can get to face more pace bowling and get use to it so he will know what to expect 'early' on at an international game considering the fact he has to bat at number 2 anyway instead of his usual position at 3.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

It is not t20 wickets. very ordinary slow and lower wicket. Test wicket. IF low score and ordinary performance continues then no one want to come stadium if it is free. T20 is all about big hitting, 6s, 4s and lots of fun.

Posted by adnann7 on (January 22, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

WoW Dhaka Gladiators just keep going on

Posted by Kingzzzz on (January 22, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Its good our Bangladesh batsman especially the very young inexperience guys got the pleasure of tasting fast bowlers like Thomas, Tait, Oram, Luke, Edmondson etc and dominated them today and will know what to expect at International level and become more confident and fearless against them.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 22, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

The article forgot to mention that Shakib took his 100 T20 wicket first for a Bangladeshi think he was the quickest for 100 wickets and 1000 runs in less matches not sure though.

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 22, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I think It's another poor decision from Duronto Rajshahi captain to bring Coventry high in the batting order. He scored just 16 out of 24 balls at a strike rate of 66.66, which is way low even for ODI. The game of chasing 156 is over at that point, no matter how hard Simon katich and Ziaur Rahman played at the end

Posted by Energetic. on (January 22, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Shakib is clearly preparing for the Sri Lanka series, looks fitter, stronger and happier which is good to see. Looks set to achieve another 100 and 5 wicket haul soon. Tamim Iqbal is still playing the way he did against West Indies in the T20 match and not running between the wickets as much. So far, Nasir Hossain has been the most impressive one with wonderful shots and fantastic foot movement. That 6 against a dangerous pacer like Shaun Tait was class and that catch as well by Ghosh.

Posted by RasedPioneer on (January 22, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

@Lotapata: Perfect thinking. @Dhanno: Please follow the post of M_Rakibul_Islam to find your answers. Don't forget that sports is for world brotherhood. Not for the arguments like yours.

Posted by KanAloshFozter on (January 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

I don't suppose BPL in it's present form to survive another season if the number of spectators remain the same for the rest of the matches.The owners of the team gets it's money primarily from ticket collection.No spetators means no sponser

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 22, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@FRRR - You mean the same Shakib that scored a 144 and took 6/82 against the old Pakistan team and scored a 100 against Pakistan in Pakistan :P

Posted by British_North_America on (January 22, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Lotapata You are right.I also very much enjoy these guys.

Posted by Ibra95 on (January 22, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

well done tamim, but not as good as shakib ;) congratz to dhaka gladiators, they didn't deserve to win, but still...

Posted by Lotapata on (January 22, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

I love to see the comments here that are very keenly written against Bangladesh cricket. You know why.....This is the biggest success of BD cricket; Now fans of other cricketing nations have started to expose their jealousy through negative comments. I just love these guys. Please keep posting more comments against BD cricket.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 22, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

@ Dhanno: Well, probably Bangladeshis r watching it on TV regularly not others. But still someone like u follow it on Cricinfo ...lol.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 22, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

@FRRR - Yes the same guy that scored a 144 and took 6/82 against your old Pakistan team, same guy that scored a 100 IN your own country. Shame Pakistan cannot hold matches good luck :P

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@FRRR: Yes Shakib is miles better than you :D

@KiwiBlacks: Isn't New Zealand the best rugby team in the world though? because they have dominated that sport for years world champions I think.

Posted by saifur.raffael on (January 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Wow...superb dhaka..probably the game could hve turned into a nail biter if Tamim & katich partnership progressed......another innovation From Dhaka the concept of HOME n AWAY jersey like soccer....don't know if anything like dis was done earler in t20 cricket......

Posted by FRRR on (January 22, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

shakib is shining in mediocre cricket ,,,, pretty much encapsulates what bangladesh cricket.

Posted by FiGhtCluB_99 on (January 22, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Lots of facilties, money being poured in, but still this substandard team shows no improvement. If we had such a large cricket-loving population, we would have dominated the sport totally, to say the least.

Posted by Dhanno on (January 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Is this thing still going on ?? I thought they cancelled it already . Who watches this ?

Posted by Lenin.Noman on (January 22, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Dhaka Gladiators congratulation. Shakib is boss.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Brilliant bowling 4m thomas, wright nd sakib. simon katich nd zia tried hard bt u cant blame them....ITs a slow wickt. big hitting isnt so easy here....

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