The Rangpur Riders beat the Khulna Titans by 9 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.
The electric bowling from Shahid Afridi (4-12 in 3 overs) and Arafat Sunny (3-0 in 2.4 overs) restricted the Titans to definate below par score of 44, before their batting line-up literally walked to the finish line in 8 overs with just 1 wicket. Afridi took his 5th four-for in his T20 career. The Riders went to the biggest victory in terms of number of balls in BPL history. The Titans’ score of 44 surpassed the total of 58 by the Barisal Bulls as the lowest total in BPL history.
The Riders only took 2 balls to streak for their first wicket, which was Nicolas Pooran who was bowled behind his legs second time in a row but this time by Sohag Gazi. Gazi then got a runout at the non striker’s end to make it 10 for 2 by sending Abdul Mazid back to the dressing room. Mahmudullah fell to Richard Gleeson by an LBW shout and then the fun began for Afridi and Sunny.
With his first bowl, Afridi ripped through the defences of Rikki Wessels with one that kept low then trapped Alok Kapali right in-front with the second bowl. Shuvagata Hom struck two fours but in Afridi’s second over made the mistake of going back to a full one and Boom Boom had his 3rd of the night. Hom was the only Titans batsman to make a score in the double figures. Afridi then took his fourth wicket, Nur Alam, bowled with another one keeping low. He finished the night well with another great bowling performance in his two games.
Their were only 2 more fours in the Titans’ innings before Sunny took 3 to tear through the tail for no runs. His first was Ariful Haque who was trapped LBW and then Junaid Khan caught at mid wicket in the same over. Sunny added his third by getting Mohammed Asghar bowled to wrap the Titans’ innings in 10.4 overs for 44.
Mohammed Shahzad came out and made batting look as easy as pie and slammed Junaid Khan for 3 fours. However, Junaid got his revenge when Shahzad chipped one that stuck in the pitch back to him in the 3rd over for him to depart for 13. Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun closed the game with a thrash that took less then 19 overs in the whole day.
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