Bangladesh Bangladesh National Cricket League Twenty20

Sylhet Royals go to top of points table with win over Dhaka

Zubin Daver, January 26 2013,
In the first match in BPL today, the Sylhet Royals accumulated a comfortable win against the Dhaka Gladiators. The match was played at Khulna.
Gazi helped Royals beat the Gladiators
Gazi helped Royals beat the Gladiators
Both the teams entered unbeaten into this match, and the Royals managed to keep their unbeaten record intact today, while the Gladiators registered their first loss of the season.

The Gladiators, batting first, looked to up the ante from the onset, so their batsmen got out just when they looked set. Only two batsmen, scored 30 and above. However, they managed to put a decent 152 on the board, thanks to lower order blitz at the end.

Sohag Gazi, Mominul Haque and Dirk Nannes were the pick of the bowlers for the Royals.

For the Royals, it was the partnership between the skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque, that steadily took the team closer to the target. The skipper scored an unbeaten 75 off 50 balls.

For the Gladiators, Alfonso Thomas was good at the start, and Saqlain Sajib also bowled tightly in the middle overs.

In the end, the Royals completed an easy win and are now looking great at the top of the ranking table.

In the second match, the Khulna Royal Bengals completed a closely fought victory against the Rangpur Riders. This match was also hosted by Khulna.

The Bengals started their innings with a lot of hiccups, and lost 4 wickets in the first 10 overs. However, their captain, Shahriar Nafees claimed responsibility, and played an important anchor innings to take the team to 150. Daniel Harris provided final touch to the innings with his 48.

For the Riders, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Mohammad Sharif, managed quite economical figures, and both took three wickets as well.

For the Riders, Nasir Hossain was the lone fighter, with 70 off just 49 balls. But just could not take his team to victory.

Shapoor Zadran, was the best bowler for the Bengals. He managed to get 3 wickets, and gave away only 21 runs in his full quota.

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