Khulna Titans posted their third win of BPL 2017 as they defeated Chittagong Vikings by five wickets at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
Chasing 161, Khulna made a shaky start as opener Michael Klinger got out in the second over scoring only one run. But the other opener Rilee Rossouw played some delightful shots all around the ground, keeping the scoreboard ticking for Khulna.
Rossouw scored 49 off just 26 balls before being cleaned up by spinner Al Amin.
Captain Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 48 off 35 balls to guide Khulna to safety with 10 balls to spare. The in-form Ariful Haque scored 34 off 24 balls with three sixes.
Earlier, Chittagong were asked to bat first by Mahmudullah. Chittagong made three changes to their playing XI as captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Munaweera and pacer Subashish Roy were dropped in favour of South Africa’s Stiaan van Zyl, Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran and Al Amin.
The start was not good for Chittagong as they lost makeshift captain Luke Ronchi in the very first over. Khulna pace bowler Abu Jayed yet again picked up a wicket in his first over.
No 3 batsman Anamul Haque was promoted to the batting order and the right-hander played a superb innings of 62 off 47 balls with five fours and three sixers.
Anamul formed a 95-run partnership for the second wicket with the other opener Soumya Sarkar. Soumya scored 32 of 34 balls.
Chittagong eventually registered 160 losing five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
A total of six catches were dropped by the Khulna fielders, otherwise, Chittagong’s total could have been much less.
Jayed was the best bowler for Khulna as he bagged three wickets conceding 26 runs. It was Rossouw though who was adjudged man of the match.
164/5 in 18.2 overs (Rossouw 49, Mahmudullah 48*) beat Chittagong Vikings
160/5 (Anamul 62, Jayed 3/26) by five wickets
WHAT THEY SAID
Luke Ronchi, Chittagong Vikings captain
160 was a good score but you can always score more when you lose the match with 10 balls to spare. But there were some positives for us as some guys scored some runs. We just need to stay positive even after winning just one match out of six. We like to get few more wins under our belts when we play matches in Chittagong. Going to the homeground of the team is good thing as we can get some great support out there. But we need to be confident for the upcoming matches.
Rilee Rossouw, Khulna Titans batsman
Disappointed personally as I was not able to kick on for my team despite getting a good start. I did my hard work within the six overs but got out eventually. Surprisingly we did not need to adjust as foreign player as the wicket was unbelievably good, much better than what we expect in the sub-continent. We just played our normal game out there. We have some great bunch of local players. They are hard working. We as international players have bonded with them very well and also as a coach Mahela [Jayawardene] has brought the team together very well. The momentum we brought now will definitely put us in a good position coming up. So we have a good momentum and hopefully we can kick on from here.