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Sylhet Royals continue their winning juggernaut

Anand Rane, January 28 2013,
Royals register their fifth successive victory in the tournament to go solo top at the table
Naeem Islam guided Sylhet Royals to a win
Naeem Islam guided Sylhet Royals to a win
In the first match of this week in the BPL, the Sylhet Royals registered their fifth straight victory of the tournament. They achieved this feat against the Chittagong Kings. The match was staged in Chittagong.

Batting first, the Kings made a good start, with Ravi Bopara and Naeem Islam, playing good knocks. Islam made 72 off just 52 balls, to help his side to a competitive 172. Ryan ten Doeschate blitz at the end, also helped the Kings cause.

Sohag Gazi was the best bowler for the Royals. He bowled tightly, and grabbed two wickets.

In contrast, the Royals start was dismal, as they lost three quick wickets. However, opener, Paul Stirling stood firm with Mohammad Nabi to perform the repair work. Both made brisk, 30s and 40s respectively.

In the end, Nazmul Hossain Milon and Elton Chigumbura short cameos made sure that the Royals win their fifth consecutive match.

Kevin Cooper was the pick of the bowlers, for the Kings, with figures of 3 for 21.

The second match played today was a total run fiesta, as more than 400 runs were scored. In the end, Duronto Rajshahi, overcame the Barisal Burners, by just 4 runs. This game was also played in Chittagong.

All the fireworks were begun by the Rajshahi openers, as both struck quick-fire 50s. Tamim Iqbal and Charles Coventry managed to keep the run rate above 10, during most part of the Rajshahi innings.

Sean Ervine and Simon Katich, also played small cameos, to lift Rajshahi to a record 213, the highest score in the entire BPL.

Surprisingly, for the Burners, Alok Kapali and Shafiul Islam, both had an ecomony under 6, and took five wickets in between them.

The Burners batsmen played cameos, but none could play the anchor role, for them to go through at the end. However, Azhar Mahmood kept them in the hunt, by scoring 54 off 28 balls.

Monir Hossain was the pick of the bowlers for the Rajshahi, as they completed a narrow win.

Dhaka Gladiators vs Sylhet Royals

Date: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013
Time: 08:00 ( GMT )
Competition: Bangladesh Premier League
Live/Repeat: Live
Venue: MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong

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