Late order batsman Ariful Haque hammered an unbeaten 43 run innings batting at number eight pulling Khulna Titans into an unlikely victory of 2 wickets against Rajshahi Kings at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The match was fluctuating in both sides all through the Titans’ innings. Mohammad Sami called for early wickets leaving Khulna Titans 13 for 2 in the third over.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad restricted the collapse playing rationally for the significant segment of the the Titan’s innings. Hitting 8 fours and a six, Riyad scored a 44 ball 56 runs.
Mahmudullah’s departure in the 14th over left Khulna Titans unprotected for some time but Ariful Haque did not lee way any chance of scoring, gradually took his team into the winning position.
The Titans needed 3 runs in last 5 balls when Ariful Haque hit across in a full toss of Dwayne Smith to exert a shot of 4 runs.
The antecedent session of the match pivotal equations for Rajshahi Kings. Two of their batsmen out without scoring and five of them failed to reach the double digit. In spite of all these phenomenon, the Kings cruised to a competitive total at the end riding upon a pair of half centuries.
Opener Dwayne Smith and wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim are the two to reach fifties in the Rajshahi Kings innings, both of them were equally devastating in approach.
Smith smashed 4 over boundaries and 7 fours while Mushfiqur hit 3 shots for sixes and 4 fours.
The Caribbean pinch hitter Dwayne Smith scored highest in the innings scoring 62 runs in 36 deliveries.
Mushfiqur’s 55 came off 33 balls. Rajshahi Kings lost string of wickets from one end with Dwayne Smith standing firm on another after they were sent into bat first by Khulna Titans’ skipper who won the toss.
Junaid Khan ripped off inform Mominul Haque and Daniel Bell-Drummond within 6 run of the Kings innings. Abu Jayed struck therefore picking up Zakir Hasan, the Rajshahi Kings lost top three batsmen in 21 runs.
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Mushfiqur Rahim and Dwayne Smith built up a significant 44 runs partnership in the fourth wicket.
After the departure of Mushfiqur and Smith, James Franklin added valuable 29 runs taking the Rajshahi Kings’ innings get passed 160 runs.
Junaid Khan dismissed later batsmen cheaply, coming out with an excellent figure of 4 for 27 runs in 4 overs.
Rajshahi Kings 166/8 (20 overs)
Dwayne Smith 62, Mushfiqur Rahim 55, James Franklin 29
Junaid Khan 4/27, Abu Jayed 2/29, Afif Hossain 1/23
Khulna Titans 168/8 (19.2 overs)
Mahmudullah 56, Ariful Haque 43*, Rilee Rossouw 20
James Franklin 2/30, Mohammad Sami 3/29
Result: Khulna Titans won by 2 wickets
Toss: Khulna Titans.