Khulna will face Rajshahi Royals in the qualifiers Monday at the same venue
Khulna Tigers opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto smashed a magnificent century to take his side to victory against Dhaka Platoon in the last game of the league phase of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 Saturday.
With this win, Khulna moved to No 1 in the points table.
They will face Rajshahi Royals in the qualifiers Monday at the same venue.
After Khulna won the toss and elected to field, Dhaka posted 205/4 despite the loss of some early wickets.
Platoon lost their third wicket when the score was just 35 after 5.4 overs.
Tamim Iqbal (one), Anamul Haque (10) and Jaker Ali (14) had all gone back to pavilion, but Dhaka made a brilliant comeback as opener Mominul Haque and Mahedi Hasan formed a splendid 153-run partnership off just 80 deliveries.
It was the highest fourth wicket partnership in BPL history.
Mominul scored a brilliant 91 off 59 deliveries, with seven fours and four sixes.
He missed out on his century when he got out in the 19th over.
Mahedi was brilliant too at the other end, as he was unbeaten on 68 off 36 deliveries with three fours and five sixes.
However, Shanto struck a brilliant unbeaten 115 off just 57 balls to take Khulna to an eight-wicket victory.
He received good support from opening partner Mehedi Hasan Miraz (45 off 25 balls), while Mushfiqur Rahim hit 18 off 10 balls in a late cameo.
42ST MATCH, DPvKT
DHAKA PLATOON INNINGS R B
Tamim c Rossouw b Frylinck 1 5
Mominul c Frylinck b Amir 91 59
Anamul c Mushfiq b Frylinck 10 10
Jaker c & b Shafiul 14 7
Mahedi not out 68 36
Perera not out 6 3
Extras (lb 5, w 10) 15
Total (20 Overs) 205/4
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Tamim), 2-13 (Anamul), 3-35 (Jaker), 4-188 (Mominul)
Amir 4-0-35-1, Frylinck 4-0-35-2, Shahidul 3-0-37-0, Shafiul 4-0-50-1, Miraz 2-0-22-0, Aminul 3-0-21-0
KHULNA TIGERS INNINGS R B
Shanto not out 115 57
Miraz b Mahedi 45 25
Rossouw c sub (Ariful) b Shadab23 17
Mushfiq not out 18 10
Extras (w 6) 6
Total (18.1 overs) 207/2
Fall Of Wickets
1-70 (Miraz), 2-151 (Rossouw)
Mahedi 4-0-39-1, Mashrafe 3-0-26-0, Faheem 3-0-47-0, Hasan 3.1-0-43-0, Shadab 4-0-32-1, Perera 1-0-20-0
Khulna Tigers won by eight wickets
MoM: Nazmul Hossain Shanto (KT)