Shehzad leds Barisal

Published: February 12, 2012

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The expectation was of a back-to-back century from the explosive Gayle but it was Ahmed Shehzad who stood apart with back-to-back fifty making a 40-ball 67 with six sixes and four boundaries. Gayle however was embroiled in some controversy when he was not given out caught-behind off Abdul Razzaq when the ball clearly hit his edge.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who later caught Gayle off Marlon Samuels, appealed vehemently and had a word with umpire Dave Orchard.

After the sparkling opening stand, captain Shahriar Nafees (28 off 32 balls) and Brad Hodge (38 off 25 balls) took the total to 180 for two in 20 overs.

Rajshahi were no where in reply to the challenging task despite little known Mizanur Rahman impressed many with the clean hitting during his 65 off 52 balls innings that included seven fours and two sixes.

BARISAL BURNERS: 180-2 in 20 overs (Shehzad 67, Gayle 39, Nafees 28 not out, Hodge 38 not out)

DURONTO RAJSHAHI: 158-9 in 20 overs (Mizanur 65, Razzak 27; Harwood 2-20, Nazmul 2-22, Arafat 2-34)

Result: Barisal Burners won by 22 runs.

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