Ariful scores 24 against Tanbir
Khulna Titans middle-order batsman Ariful Haque and the West Indies’ Carlos Braithwaite added a crucial 55-run partnership for the sixth wicket against Chittagong Vikings, which came off only 15 balls. Both Brathwaite and Ariful smashed some brilliant sixes to lift the run-rate of Khulna as the side went on to post a challenging total. Ariful was brilliant throughout his innings. He took some time to settle down before finally unleashing some lethal strokes. Ariful took 24 runs in one over against Chittagong leg-spinner Tanbir Hayder. Ariful scored 6, 2, 4, 6, 0 and 6 in the 18th over, hammering the ball all over the park. The fifth ball was actually left by Ariful as he thought it might be called a wide. It was some brilliant hitting from Ariful and a superb show by the Titans.
Brilliant start from Jayed
Khulna pacer Abu Jayed opened the bowling for his side in their pursuit of defending 171 runs. And the right-arm pacer gave the best possible start to the Titans as he picked up two wickets in his very first over. Jayed claimed the wickets of both the openers Luke Ronchi and Soumya Sarkar off the third and fourth ball of the first over. Ronchi’s wicket was particularly crucial as he blasted 78 off 35 balls in the last match. Ronchi came down the track against Jayed only to miscue the delivery and loft it to captain Mahmudullah at mid-on off the third ball. In the fourth delivery, Soumya was dismissed for a golden duck as he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Brathwaite. A superb first over form Jayed thus gave the edge to Khulna.
Injured Simmons pulls out
Rajshahi Kings opener Lendl Simmons’ injury was a major setback for the side as he was batting well before being ruled out from the game. Simmons retired hurt after scoring 40 off 23 balls with half a dozen boundaries and a sixer. The incident happened in the fourth ball of the sixth over. Simmons struck three consecutive boundaries in the previous three balls and ran for a single in the fourth ball by ticking it to the leg-side. When he almost reached the non-striker’s end, he suddenly pulled his hamstring. The right-hander was immediately in pain and laid on the ground holding his leg. Later, he was carried away by a stretcher. A big blow for the Kings as Simmons is one of their in-form batsman.
Liton’s slog sweep for a six
Comilla Victorians opener Liton Kumar Das and England’s Jos Buttler started the innings aggressively while chasing 116 against Rajshahi. The second over of their chase was eventful as there was a dropped catch, 22 runs scored and a bowled dismissal. Seamer Farhad Reza came to bowl the second over, Liton took two runs off the first ball. In the second ball, Liton played a lofted flick and the fielder at deep fine leg dropped the catch as it went for a four. And then, Liton played three slog sweeps, smashing 6, 4 and 6 against Farhad. The bowler in the end took revenge as he cleaned up Liton (23 off 12 balls) by a slower ball and so, the eventful over came to end.