Bangladesh Premier League: Afridi magic takes out the Burners

Published: March 1, 2012
Imran Nazir’s brisk innings ensured there were no hiccups as Gladiators chased down the modest 
target with ease. PHOTO: BPL T20

Imran Nazir’s brisk innings ensured there were no hiccups as Gladiators chased down the modest target with ease. PHOTO: BPL T20

Shahid Afridi failed to inspire Pakistan to a series-win in the UAE but he propelled Dhaka Gladiators to the Bangladesh Premier League title after a match-winning three for 23 helped his side beat Barisal Burners by eight wickets in the final.

Afridi got his first wicket in his first over – the tournament’s highest scorer Ahmed Shehzad dismissed for a 20-ball 28 – before he added two more to his tally as the Burners were restricted to a modest 140 for seven off their quota. Shehzad’s opening partner Brad Hodge remained the team’s highest scorer but even his unbeaten 51-ball 70 failed to take his side to an imposing total.

Rana Naved and Saeed Ajmal were the other wicket-takers for Dhaka, the pacer chipping in with two for 24 while the off-spinner grabbed one for 23.

In reply, Imran Nazir laid the foundations of the Gladiators’ march towards victory, his 43-ball 75 denting Barisal’s hopes of staging a late fightback. Nazir hit six fours and as many sixes as Anamul Haque, with an unbeaten 49, helped Dhaka lift the trophy with 26 balls to spare.

Imran Nazir was adjudged the player of the match for his batting and a catch. Ellias Sunny and Mohammad Sami ended the tournament as joint highest wicket-takers – both taking 17.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • azhar
    Mar 1, 2012 - 3:04AM

    Man of the match imran nazir hai..and u guys put heading for afridi…TC ho to pakistan media jaisi…


  • Jehanzeb Akhtar
    Mar 1, 2012 - 3:41AM

    With so many Pakistanis playing (and dominating), it should have been named Pak-Bangla League.Recommend

  • Afridi's Angel
    Mar 1, 2012 - 8:14AM

    Shahid Afridi makes a Colorful Dhaka Gladiator ! Shahid Afridi makes all colors look good since he is so hansome!!


  • Chilli
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:28AM

    A new T20 team with separate captain and all T20 specialists who performed well in international circuit is absolutely needed before world cup.
    Players like
    Imran Nazir + Ahmed Shehzad (openers),
    Shahzeb Hassan + Shahid Afridi (Pinch Hitters),
    Abdul Razzak + Mohammad Sami + Rana Naveed + Sohail Tanvir (Bowlers)
    Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper)
    Fawad Alam + Rameez Raja (2) utility players and smartest fielders

    With Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman as spin options can make a complete team.

    Let Umar Akmal and Misbah stay in One Days as they produced enough of nonsense innings in recent days.


  • Nomi
    Mar 1, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Had this afridi played this well against england, Pakistan might have won. This afridi has a dubious character, he got rid of yusuf and now is trying his best to dethrone misbah.


  • blithe
    Mar 1, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Afridi was uslelss during the Pakistani T20s. Why is ET making aheadline out of his performance in BPL when Imran Nazir is the man of the match.

    Clear bias by ET!


  • Mar 1, 2012 - 7:11PM

    Looked Like Afridi Was Running the show There …He was inCharge !!!


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