Player of the match Rilee Rossouw batted beautifully until the end and remained unbeaten on 64 off 38 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes, while Mushfiqur Rahim was not out on 28
Khulna Tigers opened their account in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 with an impressive batting display as they defeated Chattogram Challengers by eight wickets in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Thursday.
Chasing 145 to win, Khulna reached their target within 13.5 overs.
Khulna lost an early wicket as left-handed batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto got stumped in the very first over.
But the other opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz formed an impressive 70-run partnership with Kolpak player Rilee Rossouw, scoring at a brisk rate.
Gurbaz registered his half century in just 18 deliveries in the sixth over before getting out in the next ball.
Gurbaz smashed four fours and five sixes in his entertaining innings.
That partnership laid a solid foundation for Khulna as they clinched the match easily in the end.
Player of the match Rossouw batted beautifully until the end and remained unbeaten on 64 off 38 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes, while Mushfiq was not out on 28.
Earlier, Chattogram posted 144 on the board with the help of a late cameo by all-rounder Muktar Ali.
Muktar scored 29 off just 14 deliveries with four sixes.
Five batsmen from Chittagong’s top- and middle-order reached double figure but no one managed to carry their start and in the end, the port city outfit ended with a moderate total.
4TH MATCH, CCvKT
CHATTOGRAM CHALLENGERS INNINGS R B
Simmons b Shafiul 26 23
Walton c Rossouw b Shahidul 18 18
Kayes run out (Mushfiq) 12 14
Nasir c & b Aminul 24 27
Nurul run out (Shanto/Mushfiq) 19 17
Muktar not out 29 14
Emrit c Shahidul b Frylinck 1 4
Rubel not out 6 3
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 6) 9
Total (20 Overs) 144/6
Fall Of Wickets
1-45 (Simmons), 2-49 (Walton), 3-64 (Kayes), 4-101 (Nurul), 5-109 (Nasir), 6-118 (Emrit)
Amir 4-0-33-0, Frylinck 4-0-21-1, Shafiul 4-0-30-1, Shahidul 4-0-32-1, Aminul 4-0-25-1
KHULNA TIGERS INNINGS R B
Shanto st Nurul b Nasum 4 4
Gurbaz c Williams b Muktar 50 19
Rossouw not out 64 38
Mushfiq not out 28 22
Total (13.5 Overs) 146/2
Fall Of Wickets
1-4 (Shanto), 2-74 (Gurbaz)
Nasum 2-0-18-1, Nasir 2-0-16-0, Rubel 2.2-0-16-0, Emrit 1-0-18-0, Muktar 1-0-20-1, Williams 2-0-18-0, Enamul Jr 1-0-6-0
Khulna Tigers won by eight wickets
MoM: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (KT)