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Picking the Top BPL Team: Who Holds the Title?

The most recent edition of the BPL in 2023 was claimed by Comilla Victorians. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) stands as the top T20 cricket competition in the nation, overseen by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the governing body for cricket in the country.

Originating in 2011, the inaugural BPL season took place in 2012, spanning Dhaka and Chittagong. Since then, the Bangladesh Premier League has successfully completed eight seasons. The BPL’s debut champions were Dhaka Gladiators, triumphing over Barisal Burners in the 2012 final. Dhaka Gladiators also secured victory in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

On the other hand, Comilla Victorians, who clinched their first title in 2015, have emerged as the most accomplished squad in BPL history, securing four championships. Comilla Victorians recently secured the 2023 title by prevailing over Sylhet Strikers in the final match.

Other teams such as Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders, and Rajshahi Royals have each seized the BPL title once. A comprehensive list of BPL winners is as follows: Dhaka Gladiators (2012, 2013), Comilla Victorians (2015, 2023), Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders, and Rajshahi Royals (each with one victory).

Comilla Victorians – 4 BPL titles

Comilla Victorians have secured victory in the BPL on four notable occasions: in 2015, 2019, 2022, and 2023. The franchise hailing from Comilla made their debut in the Bangladesh Premier League during the 2015 season.

During the 2015 showdown, the Victorians engaged in a remarkable last-ball finish against Barisal Bulls, emerging victorious in the final clash. A standout performance by Ashar Zaidi, the Pakistani all-rounder, earned him the title of Player of the Tournament. He showcased exceptional skills across all facets of the game, contributing 215 runs and claiming 17 wickets for the Victorians throughout their triumphant journey.

Moving on to the 2019 final, Tamim Iqbal left a lasting impact with an astonishing and undefeated 141 runs off 61 balls. This impressive feat stands as the second-highest individual score in BPL history. Fueled by this remarkable innings, the Victorians secured a 17-run victory over Dhaka Dynamites in the championship match.

The franchise’s third BPL victory arrived in 2022. Sunil Narine took the spotlight as the match-winner, showcasing his prowess with both bat and ball during the final match. He contributed 57 runs and secured two crucial wickets. In the same season, Victorians’ fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman emerged as the top wicket-taker, claiming an impressive 19 wickets.

The most recent title for the Comilla Victorians was clinched in the BPL 2023 season, where they emerged triumphant in the grand finale against Sylhet Strikers. This victory marked their consecutive championship win.

Dhaka Gladiators – 2 BPL titles

The Dhaka Gladiators stood as the initial of the two Dhaka-based franchises to secure victory in the Bangladesh Premier League. Furthermore, they achieved the distinction of becoming the pioneer team to capture consecutive BPL championships through their triumphs in the initial two seasons.

In the inaugural edition of the tournament held in 2012, Shakib Al Hasan’s exceptional performance served as the driving force behind the Gladiators’ title victory. Shakib’s notable contribution of 280 runs and 15 wickets across 11 matches led to him being crowned as the Player of the Tournament. Despite finishing third in the league stage, the Gladiators outshone Barisal Burners in the final, clinching an eight-wicket victory with 26 balls to spare.

Conversely, the BPL of 2013 witnessed the Gladiators claiming the top position on the points table. Guided by the leadership of Mashrafe Mortaza, the team secured their second championship triumph through an impressive 43-run win over Chittagong Kings in the final. Shakib Al Hasan once again emerged as the standout performer, earning the Player of the Tournament accolade for his remarkable display of 329 runs and 15 wickets.

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Outstanding Performers from BPL 2023

On February 16, 2023, Comilla Victorians successfully retained their BPL championship by overcoming Sylhet Strikers, and this combined XI prominently includes players from both squads. Here are some of the players that stand out on the list: 

Najmul Hossain Shanto (Sylhet Strikers) 

Runs 516, Average 39.69, Strike rate 116.74

In a turnaround season, Shanto emerged as a force to reckon with. By accumulating 516 runs, he etched his name as the first Bangladeshi to surpass 500 runs in a BPL season. His unbeaten 89 and consistent batting display made him the tournament’s leading run-scorer. Notably, his half-century in the final was pivotal. Shanto’s newfound stability bodes well for his international aspirations.

Khushdil Shah (Comilla Victorians) 

Runs 239, Average 47.80, Strike rate 161.48

Khushdil Shah made his mark as a power-hitting middle-order asset. Despite a slow start on Dhaka pitches, he turned things around for Comilla Victorians. His strike rate of 161.48 underscored his aggressive style, complemented by effective left-arm spin bowling. Khushdil’s ability to rescue his team from early setbacks was a highlight, and his dependable fielding added to his all-round value.

Rony Talukdar (Rangpur Riders) 

Runs 425, Average 35.41, Strike rate 129.17

Rony Talukdar, representing Rangpur Riders, showcased his prowess in the BPL with a standout season. Surpassing his previous record of 317 runs at a strike rate of 140.26 in 2018-19, Talukdar excelled this time. He specialized in quick starts for his team, notably averaging 61.50 during the Powerplay, even though he faced four dismissals within the first six overs. His strong presence among the leading run-scorers of the tournament positions him in direct competition with players like Mohammad Naim, Munim Shahriar, and Anamul Haque, all vying for opportunities in the T20I squad.

Tanvir Islam (Comilla Victorians) 

Wickets 17, Average 17.58, Economy rate 6.36

Standing out as a left-arm spinner in Bangladesh is no mean feat, but Tanvir Islam achieved just that. His accuracy and adaptability across all phases of the game were instrumental for the Victorians. Tanvir’s unique action, which lends dip to his deliveries, and his distinctive celebrations make him a standout prospect. A dependable bowler across T20 formats, Tanvir’s utility is undeniable.

Shakib Al Hasan (Fortune Barishal) 

Wickets 10, Economy rate 6.31, Runs: 375, Strike rate: 174.41

A BPL mainstay, Shakib earned his place in the ESPNcricinfo BPL XI for a record seventh time. He led Fortune Barishal with finesse, especially in the initial stages when the team was on a roll. Although he faced a setback by batting lower down in the Eliminator, Shakib excelled with the ball, consistently taking wickets and maintaining an impressive economy rate.

Taskin Ahmed (Dhaka Dominators)

Wickets 10, Average 20.60, Economy rate 6.02

Taskin Ahmed shone as one of Bangladesh’s premier fast bowlers across formats. In the challenging context of a struggling Dhaka Dominators side, his performance stood out. His remarkable figures of 4 for 9, defending a modest total of 108 runs, showcased his match-winning capabilities. Taskin’s recurring appearances in the ESPNcricinfo BPL XI underline his prowess and value to the team.

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Fortune Barishal signs Afghanistan star Ibrahim Zadran

In anticipation of the forthcoming BPL season, Fortune Barishal has began squad preparation a little sooner. Tamim Iqbal was just added to the roster.

Fortune Ibrahim Zadran has joined Barishal’s squad for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) campaign. Through a Facebook post, Barishal officially announced the hiring of Ibrahim. In the upcoming BPL season, this Afghanistan opener will don Barishal’s jersey.

Fortune Barishal have began the team’s preparation a little earlier in anticipation of the forthcoming BPL season. Tamim Iqbal was just added to the roster. Additionally, Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s opener, will play in Barishal’s uniform. Ibrahim Zadran, a different opener, has been added to the lineup this time.

Ibrahim has been in charge of managing Afghanistan’s opening for a very long time. This opener has already represented Afghanistan in all three forms since making his international cricket debut in 2019. In 24 innings of international T20 play, Ibrahim scored 530 runs. His strike rate is 102.71, average is 26.50, and he has two fiftys.

Afghanistan’s cricket squad is captained by cricketer Ibrahim Zadran. Ibrahim Zadran was born on December 12, 2001, making him 22 years old as of 2023. Ibrahim Zadran is a right-handed batter from Khost. 

Ibrahim Zadran has played 5 matches in his Test career so far, during which time he has amassed 362 runs at an average of 36. In his Test career, Ibrahim Zadran has struck 42 fours and 4 sixes. At the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh, on June 20, 2023, he played his most recent Test match against Bangladesh, recording 6 runs off 17 balls.

Ibrahim Zadran has played 14 matches in his ODI career so far, during which time he has scored 748 runs at an average of 62. In his ODI career, Ibrahim Zadran has hit 76 fours and 10 sixes. In one of his most recent ODI games, he scored one run off six balls in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, in July 2023.

To date in his T20 career, Ibrahim Zadran has played 24 games and amassed 530 runs at an average of 27. In his T20 career, Ibrahim Zadran has hit 41 fours and 13 sixes. Ibrahim Zadran scored 22 runs off of 27 balls for his team in their most recent T20 match against Bangladesh at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet, Bangladesh, which took place in July 2023.

With a total of 432 points, Ibrahim Zadran is presently ranked 73rd in the ICC Test batting rankings. With a total of 657 points, he is now ranked 16th in the ICC ODI batting rankings. With a total of 517 points, Ibrahim Zadran holds the 43rd spot in the ICC T20 batting rankings. 

The following BPL season is anticipated to begin in January 2024, while the time has not yet been set in stone. The BPL will be set up following the country’s upcoming national elections, the tournament’s governing body said in a statement. In the middle of February, the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the nation will take place.   

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Comilla Victorians made a comeback and lifted BPL 2023 trophy

Comilla Victorians owner Nafisa Kamal believes his club has what it takes to fight against any elite squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Sylhet Strikers of Mashrafe Mortaza were defeated by the Victorians on Thursday, February 16, in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023 championship game.

The Victorians not only won their fourth championship, but they also successfully defended it. Before the competition began, Kamal claimed that his team researched a number of IPL teams.

Nafisa was quoted as saying to BDcrictime, “IPL has the top most franchises in the world and we can compete with them.” He commented that their campaign was the result of extensive study and investigation. They have looked at a lot of IPL teams that have pulled off comebacks.

Additionally, Nafisa discussed the crucial role that Mohammad Rizwan played in the tournament run of the Victorians. She claimed that Rizwan discussed his Pakistan Super League (PSL) squad to bolster the players’ spirits. 

She told the media that they were joined by Mohammad Rizwan, who revealed that the Multan Sultans won the championship despite losing six games. There was no going back; they were resolved to make a comeback.

The Victorians lost three straight games to begin their campaign. However, they fought back and won 11 straight games to win the game. Additionally, Imrul Kayes and company established the BPL record for the longest winning run (eight games) ever.

With the help of seven fours and five sixes, Johnson Charles struck an unbeaten 79 off 52 to win Player of the Match in the championship. With four balls remaining after his strike, the Victorians successfully chased down 176.

Here is a brief history of how the Bangladesh Premier League was formed. 

A professional Twenty20 cricket league is called the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and it is run by the BPL Governing Council. One of Bangladesh’s three professional cricket leagues is the BPL. The BPL is the 16th most-watched league in the world. Each team plays the other twice during the league stage in the winter. The top four teams make it to the playoffs after the regular season, which consist of a single-elimination game, two qualification games, and a championship game between the winners of qualification 1 and Qualifier 2. 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) established the BPL in 2011 following the suspension of the league it replaced, the 2009–2010 National Cricket League Twenty20. Matches from the inaugural season were held in February 2012 in Dhaka and Chittagong. The BPL is under the chairmanship of the Governing Council.

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BPL 2024 Teams, Schedule, and Venues

The 10th season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL 2024), a Twenty20 cricket competition run by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), will take place in January and February 2024.

The BPL 2024 is set to feature competitive teams including Rangpur Riders, Chattogram Challengers, Comilla Victorians, Minister Group Dhaka, Khulna Tigers, and Sylhet Sunrisers, promising an exciting and action-packed cricket season ahead.

The reigning champions, Comilla Victorians, clinched victory in the previous season of BPL 2023, asserting their dominance on the cricket field. On Thursday, February 16, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Comilla Victorians won the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023 championship after defeating Sylhet Strikers by a score of 7 wickets. 

The Comilla Victorians secured their victory with a sensational performance, earning themselves a well-deserved reward of 2 Crore BDT. In the climactic final match, Johnson Charles of the Comilla Victorians emerged as the Player of the Match, showcasing a brilliant unbeaten innings of 79 runs off 52 balls and earning a well-earned reward of 5 Lakhs BDT for his exceptional performance. Najmul Hossain Shanto of the Sylhet Strikers was named the Player of the Tournament, earning a remarkable prize of 10 Lakhs BDT for his outstanding cricketing prowess.

Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming BPL 2024. 

05-Jan-20242:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Fortune BarishalDhaka
06-Jan-20246:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
22-Jan-20241:30 PMComilla Victorians vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
22-Jan-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
24-Jan-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
24-Jan-20246:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Fortune BarishalDhaka
25-Jan-20241:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
25-Jan-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
28-Jan-20242:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Fortune BarishalChattogram
28-Jan-20246:30 PMSylhet Strikers vs Dhaka DominatorsChattogram
29-Jan-20241:30 PMComilla Victorians vs Chattogram ChallengersChattogram
29-Jan-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Khulna TigersChattogram
31-Jan-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Chattogram ChallengersChattogram
31-Jan-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Sylhet StrikersChattogram
1-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Comilla VictoriansChattogram
1-Feb-20246:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Fortune BarishalChattogram
3-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
3-Feb-20246:00 PMChattogram Challengers vs Comilla VictoriansDhaka
4-Feb-20242:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Rangpur RidersDhaka
4-Feb-20246:30 PMChattogram Challengers vs Khulna TigersDhaka
7-Feb-20241:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Comilla VictoriansSylhet
7-Feb-20246:00 PMKhulna Tigers vs Sylhet StrikersSylhet
8-Feb-20241:30 PMDhaka Dominators vs Chattogram ChallengersSylhet
8-Feb-20246:00 PMSylhet Sunrisers vs Comilla VictoriansSylhet
9-Feb-20241:30 PMKhulna Tigers vs Dhaka DominatorsSylhet
9-Feb-20246:00 PMFortune Barishal vs Rangpur RidersSylhet
11-Feb-20242:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Khulna TigersDhaka
11-Feb-20246:30 PMFortune Barishal vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
12-Feb-20241:30 PMChattogram Challengers vs Sylhet StrikersDhaka
12-Feb-20246:00 PMComilla Victorians vs Dhaka DominatorsDhaka
14-Feb-20241:30 PMEliminatorDhaka
14-Feb-20246:00 PM1st QualifierDhaka
16-Feb-20246:00 PM2nd QualifierDhaka
18-Feb-20246:00 PMBPL T20 Final Match 2023Dhaka

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Senior players rested by Bangladesh for Sri Lanka white-ball series

Bangladesh Women’s cricket team is all set to embark on a white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in April and May, and the 16-member squad has been named by the selectors. The team will be without the experienced duo of Salma Khatun and Rumana Ahmed, who have been rested keeping in mind their workload management. The squad will be led by Nigar Sultana Joty and will feature a mix of experienced players and promising youngsters.

The absence of Salma Khatun and Rumana Ahmed will be felt by Bangladesh, as they are two of their key players and have featured in a combined total of 274 international matches for Bangladesh. However, this will also provide an opportunity for the younger players to step up and prove their worth at the international level.

The selectors have named Sanjida Akther Maghla, Fariha Islam Trishna, Rabeya and Sultana Khatun to fill the gaps in the squad. Sultana Khatun, who is yet to represent the national team, has a chance to make her international debut for Bangladesh during the upcoming series. It will be interesting to see how these young players perform and if they can make a mark on the tour.

The squad features a good mix of experienced players and promising youngsters. The likes of Fargana Hoque Pinky, Shamima Sultana, and Jahanara Alam have been around for a while and have played a key role in Bangladesh’s recent success. Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, and Nahida Akter are also experienced players who have been in the setup for a while.

On the other hand, there are also promising youngsters like Sanjida Akther Maghla, who has been in good form in domestic cricket and could make an impact on the tour. Fariha Islam Trishna is another young player who has been included in the squad and will be eager to make a mark. The selectors have also named Rabeya, who is a left-arm spinner, and it will be interesting to see if she gets a chance to play and how she performs.

The squad will be led by Nigar Sultana Joty, who is one of Bangladesh’s most experienced players and has been a key player for them in recent years. She will have a crucial role to play both as a leader and a player, and her performances will be crucial to Bangladesh’s success on the tour.

The tour will begin with a three-match ODI series, which will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. The fixtures are scheduled to take place from April 29 to May 4 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. Bangladesh will be eager to make a good start to the tour and get some valuable points in the ICC Women’s Championship.

In conclusion, Bangladesh’s white-ball tour of Sri Lanka presents an opportunity for the young players to step up and prove their worth at the international level. The absence of Salma Khatun and Rumana Ahmed will be felt by the team, but it will also provide an opportunity for the younger players to make a mark. The squad features a good mix of experienced players and promising youngsters, and they will be eager to perform well on the tour.

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bpl schedule_online cricket betting_Raven FC qualifies for 2023 BPL besides BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC.

bpl schedule_online cricket betting_Raven FC qualifies for 2023 BPL besides BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC.

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Reflecting on the team’s success, an official from Thimphu Raven FC attributed their qualification to strong team coordination and emphasised the challenges that lie ahead in the upcoming BPL, stating their commitment to a thorough preparation. The official mentioned potential player reshuffling to further strengthen the team.

Meanwhile, South Druk United FC obtained eight points in the qualifier, putting up a valiant effort but falling short of securing a place in the coveted league.

The tournament, which commenced in April with eight participating teams, required each team to play seven games. Despite the teams having secured their spots in the BPL, four games still remain to be played. As of the latest standings, BFF Academy leads the table with an impressive 17 points from seven games. Namlha FC follows closely with 14 points, while Tensung FC sits at 13 points.

The top four teams from the qualifier, including Thimphu Raven FC, BFF Academy, Namlha FC, and Tensung FC, will now join the ranks of Paro FC, Thimphu City FC, Druk Lhayul FC, RTC FC, Transport United FC, and Ugyen Academy FC in the highly anticipated 2023 BPL.

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bpl team_online cricket betting_BPL Football: Police FC move up to third again beating Fortis FC.

bpl team_online cricket betting_BPL Football: Police FC move up to third again beating Fortis FC.

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Colombian medio Mateo Palacios, Venezuela booter Edward Jimenez, Colombian midfielder Johan Arango and local booter Shahed Hossain Miah scored one goal each for Police FC while Afghan forward Amiruddin sharifi and Gambian forward Gaira Joof netted one each for Fortis FC.

Palacios opened the Police FC account in the 6th minute (1-0) , Edward Jimenez doubled the Police margin in the 15th minute,(2-0) while Amiruddin Sharifi reduced the Fortis margin in the 63rd minute (2-1)
Colombian midfielder Johan Arango Ambuila scored the 3rd goal for Police in 80th minute (3-1).while Gaira Joof pulled the Fortis margin one back in the 2nd minute (90+2) of the added time (3-2)

Local booter Shahed Hossain Miah sealed the fate of the match scoring the 4th goal for Police FC in the following (90+3) minute (4-2).

With the day’s feat, Police team have secured 26 points from 17 outings to move up to the 3rd place toppling Dhaka Mohammedan SC, which went down to the 4th slot with 23 points from 16 outings.

Bashundhara Kings, which clinched the BPL title for a record 4th times in a row on Friday with three matches securing 46 points from 27 matches while the sixth times champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd are in the distant 2nd place with 34 points from 17 matches.

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bpl news_online cricket betting_EPL TALK: Why Manchester City’s treble charge is truly terrifying.

bpl news_online cricket betting_EPL TALK: Why Manchester City’s treble charge is truly terrifying.

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IT’S hard to pinpoint the moment when Manchester City morphed into elite football’s version of the Marvel movie franchise, but their omnipresence feels just about complete.

Pep Guardiola’s jazzy artists have gone heavy metal, but in a streamlined, Mad Max kind of way. They now come with spikes and battering rams. Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland can move in a straight line and cut through anyone. City were always technically ahead, but now they boast physical control, too.

And how do we feel about this? The eternal quest for perfection has universal appeal and should be embraced by all, theoretically. What’s not to like?

Certainly in the early years of Guardiola’s era, it was great fun, rather like the initial flourish of the Marvel movies. De Bruyne was Captain America, endearing, formidable, devoted to the cause and willing to take one for the team, despite his elevated status. Ilkay Gundogan was a bit of a Winter Soldier and Jack Grealish’s story arc now has a redemptive feel to it, the cheeky scoundrel embracing his Iron Man-like playboy persona, before learning the true value of sacrifice.

And as City’s Treble challenge gets upgraded from possible to probable – in light of their 4-1 win over Arsenal – a crescendo feels imminent. They have their Thor in Haaland, a celestial being not of this earth, and are assembling for the endgame, a pinnacle beyond all others since Manchester United’s Treble in 1999.

And then what?

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bpl match_online cricket betting_Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers, Final: Charles heroics crown Victorians BPL Champions.

bpl match_online cricket betting_Comilla Victorians vs Sylhet Strikers, Final: Charles heroics crown Victorians BPL Champions.

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After losing the toss Sylhet Strikers were put in to bat, opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto raising to the occasion as he smashed 10 Fours on his way to a half century.

In response, Victorians bowlers took the next two wickets for a run, before Mushfiqur Rahim added a huge half century of his own.

Other than that the bowlers took control of the innings, Ryan Burl the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Thanks to Shanto and Rahim Sylhet Strikers headed in at 175, it now over to their bowlers. 

It came down to the final over, an early Liton Das half century putting Victorians on track to chase this one down.

Rubel Hossain (2/39) fought back, taking some important wickets but it would prove not quite enough as Johnson Charles (79*) smashed a half century of his own to win this one by 7 wickets.