Ariful Haque, the night watchman of Khulna Titans, gave an unbelievable win over last season runner-up Rajshahi Kings. His devastating 43 runs from just 19 balls secured the win to hold the 3rd position of the point table.
Earlier in the day, Mahmudullah Riyad, the captain of Khulna Titans, won the toss and opted to bowl first. The bowlers made his decision perfect by capturing 3 wickets in just 21 team runs. Later Dwayne Smith and Mushfiqur Rahim had a partnership of 75 runs. Smith scored 66 runs when Mushfiq had 55 runs.
James Franklin was also unbeaten with his 29 runs. No other batsmen crossed the single digit of the individual run.
Rajshahi Kings vs Khulna Titans Highlights
Junaid Khan picked up 4 wickets spending 27 runs in his 4 overs quota. Abu Jayed was also impressive with his bowl by picking 2 wickets. However, Rajshahi Kings managed a challenging score of 166 of 8 wickets.
In response to 167, Khulna Titans were also alike of Rajshahi Kings. The Titans lost their opener in just 5 runs for the 1st over of the innings. Successively, they lost another reliable batsman in the very next over.
However, dependable captain Mahmudullah and Rilee Rossouw tried to build a partnership. The team once again lost the track by losing Rilee Rossouw in 80 runs.
Mahmudullah scored a helpful 56 runs from 43 balls. After leaving of the captain, Khulna Titans were losing the wickets regularly. At one stage, it seemed that winning was far behind from Khulna Titans.
But there was a night watchman for Khulna Titans. Ariful Haque, who is yet to debut for the national team, came forward to rescue the team. He smashed the opponent bowlers by scoring 2 sixes and 4 boundaries. He scored 43 runs off 19 balls to touch the finishing line.
Undoubtedly, Ariful Haque was the man of the match for his devastating and entertaining performance.
From this win, Khulna Titans secured a position in the top four to qualify for the next round.