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Khulna claim top position after edging out Rangpur Riders

Mahmudullah led from the front for Khulna Titans
Mahmudullah led from the front for Khulna Titans

Khulna Titans 158-8 (Mahmudullah 59) beat
Rangpur Riders 149-6 (Bopara 59) by 9 runs
25th game, Bangladesh Premier League, Chittagong

Khulna Titans have successfully claimed the top position in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League after managing to edge out Rangpur Riders by nine runs in the 25th game in Chittagong on Friday.

Earlier, it was Rangpur Riders, who won the toss and decided to field first. Rilee Rossouw (11) got the innings off to a flying start with a six and a four in the first over but was castled by Sohag Gazi (1-30) in the second.

Even though Nazmul Hossain (20) and Afif Hossain (9) had a decent start, both fell inside seven overs with the score reading 49 runs.

Mahmudullah (59) injected some momentum to the innings and with brief support from Nicholas Pooran (16), Ariful Haque (16), Carlos Brathwaite (11) and Jofra Chioke Archer (10 not out), the Khulna skipped helped them post 158 for eight in the 20 overs.

In the process, Mahmudullah also went on to become the highest run getter in this edition of the tournament, displacing Evin Lewis.

In the chase despite a quick start from Chris Gayle (16), Rangpur Riders lost Brendon McCullum (2), Mohammad Mithun (3) and Fazle Mahmud (6) early along with the swashbuckling West Indian batsman.

Ravi Bopara (59) and Nahidul Islam (58) tried to keep the fight going with a 100-run stand that saw both the batsmen cross their respective half-centuries but with Junaid Khan (1-20) causing both the dismissals that includes a run-out, the Riders fell short by nine runs.

Khulna have now replaced Comilla Victorians at the top of the table with Mahmudullah bagging the player of the match award.

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