Published: February 15, 2012
Chris Gayle’s second BPL T20 century could not avert Barisal’s second defeat in two days as they went down to the Dhaka Gladiators by 21 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Chasing 209 to win, Barisal got off to what has become the customary quick start, thanks mainly to Gayle who kept swinging from one end while three wickets fell at the other end by the eighth over — Mashrafe accounting for Ahmed Shehzad and Mominul Haque and Darren Stevens catching Brad Hodge off his own bowling. With the score on 60 for three, the Gayle assault began as he utterly dominated a 103-run fourth-wicket partnership with Mithun Ali.
While the Jamaican laid about the bowling it seemed no total would be high enough, as six boundaries and an astonishing eleven sixes exploded off his blade. The charge, however was over when Gayle was bowled by Azhar Mahmood when he attempted one slog too many, leaving Barisal an improbable 46 to win off the last fifteen deliveries.
Earlier, a whirlwind, unbeaten 47-ball 77 from Mahmood carried Dhaka Gladiators to the mammoth total of 208 for five. The innings was given early impetus by Imran Nazir who hit three fours and five sixes in his 35-ball 58. Then it was Mahmood, who hit eight boundaries and three sixes, and Kieron Pollard with a 15-ball 36 with five sixes who took the game away from Barisal. Mashrafe was the pick of the Dhaka bowlers with 20 for 2 from his quota.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Dhaka Gladiators: 208 for 5 (Nazir 58, Mahmood 77 not out, Pollard 36; Arafat 2-30, Kabir 2-31)
Barisal Burners: 187 for 5 (Gayle 116, Mithun 38 not out; Mashrafe 2-20, Mahmood 2-42)
Result: Dhaka Gladiators win by 21 runs
Man-of-the-match: Azhar Mahmood