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Head Coach of the Dhaka Gladiators and former National Bowling Coach, Ian Pont shares his views on the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Ian writes about the comprehensive and controlled win against the Sylhet Royals in their second game.
Views from the Edge: Dhaka Gladiators vs Sylhet Royals
by Ian Pont
Published: 12th February, 2012
First win for the Gladiators and a mighty comprehensive one.
All three departments stood out and we were particularly impressive in the field I thought. The run outs were proof of that. I have to say the pitch was quite tricky to bat on as we saw from the low scores and my view was we needed to be professional and secure the win rather than try to blast our way to victory. We didn't even need Kieron Pollard.
Everyone bowled well keeping it tight and taking wickets at regular intervals. It was hard for Sylhet to get any sort of foothold in the match.
On the run chase, the stand out batsmen was Anamul who I had mentioned before as a star in the making. He just missed out on his 50 and really should have still been batting not out at the end with 65-70. But he was mightily impressive. I have to add his keeping was of the highest standard and he is a future big hit for the national team if he continues this way. He had a tremendous game.
Anamul's batting highlights
The team spirit in the camp is great as well. We named Azhar Mahmood as vice captain this morning and he and Mash worked well to get a stranglehold in the field. There are some excellent thinking brains in the team plus we remain flexible in our approach to how we play dependent on the opposition and the pitch.
Overall, this is more like the Dhaka Gladiators on cruise control. We didn't panic, kept control and were thoroughly professional. Let's hope this is the shape of things ahead as the games come thick and fast.
Having seen the results so far it seems Barisal, Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong are playing the best cricket but there is a mighty long way to go. It's only when we have all played 5 matches that we will get a true idea of what's what.Â
The feeling is 6 wins from 10 will secure a Top 4 slot.Â
About the author(s): Ian Pont needs no introductions to Bangladesh Cricket fans. He joined the national team as National Bowling Coach during the 2011 World Cup. He also joined BanglaCricket as a member and has been exchanging views for a while with our members. He is founder of the Mavericks Cricket Institute and is also an author of "The Fast Bowler's Bible". In 2012 he returned to Bangladesh as the head-coach of the BPL team, the Dhaka Gladiators.