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Khulna down Dhaka in high-scoring BPL game

Khulna beat Dhaka by five wickets

Update : 21 Jan 2022, 10:45 PM

Khulna Tigers chased down a challenging target of 184 runs with five wickets in hand against star-studded Minister Group Dhaka in their Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2022 match in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Friday.

Opener Andre Fletcher provided Khulna a brisk start and laid a good foundation for the middle-order as the right-hander scored 45 off just 23 deliveries.

Experienced local campaigner Rony Talukdar then played a superb innings in the middle part of the innings to bring the target within reach as the No 3 scored a crucial knock of 61 off 42 with seven fours and one six.

The veteran Thisara Perera eventually sealed the match for Khulna with a blistering 36 off just 18 deliveries.

Earlier Dhaka posted a challenging total of 183 riding on blitzes in the beginning and late stage of the innings.

Opening pair Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Shahzad formed a good opening stand as the two put together 69 in the first eight overs before Afghanistan's Shahzad got run out.

The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 42 off 27 balls with eight boundaries before getting run out in a casual manner.

Tamim at the other end anchored the innings and played an important knock in what was his comeback match after a series of injuries.

The Bangladesh ODI captain struck seven boundaries in his patient innings, and reached fifty in 41 balls before getting caught at deep midwicket while trying to clear the boundary against Khulna pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi.

Dhaka lost few wickets in the middle overs to lose the tempo, particularly the run out of Andre Russell was a bizarre one.

Russel, batting on seven from just two balls, glided the third ball of the 15th over to short-thirdman for a quick single.

The throw was at the striker’s end where Mahmudullah was well inside.

But the ball hit the wicket at that end first then ricocheted towards the non striker’s end to hit that end’s wicket as well.

Russell did not expect the ball to come this far so quickly and was well short of the crease.

He was stunned by the weird way he got out and smiled in disbelief while returning to the pavilion.

Later Dhaka skipper Mahmudullah scored some quick runs in the end to help Dhaka finish the innings on 183 for six in 20 overs.

Mahmudullah scored 39 off just 20 with two fours and three sixes.

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