Khulna rise to second after comfortable win over Chittagong

Mahmudullah led from the front with an unbeaten 48 run knock
Mahmudullah led from the front with an unbeaten 48 run knock

Khulna Titans 164-5 (Rossouw 49) beat
Chittagong Vikings 160-5 (Anamul 62) by five wickets
18th game, Bangladesh Premier League, Dhaka

Khulna Titans have climbed to the second position in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League as they went on to defeat Chittagong Vikings by five wickets in the 18th game in Dhaka on Friday.

Earlier, it was Khulna who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Abu Jayed (3-26) struck in the first over to remove the dangerous Luke Ronchi (3) but Soumya Sarkar (32) consolidated along with Anamul Haque (62) with the latter being the aggressor among the two.

Chittagong ended the powerplay with a score of 43 for one and with a couple of sixes from Anamul, they reached 72 for one at halfway mark. With two more boundaries in the 12th over, Anamul completed his half-century.

However, Khulna made a strong comeback with Mahmudullah (1-22) claiming Sarkar and in the next over Jayed accounted for Anamul and Sikandar Raza (0) in a span of three deliveries.

As Chittagong innings was losing momentum, contributions from Najibullah Zadran (24) and Stiaan van Zyl (23 not out) helped them post 160 for five in the 20 overs. Jayed was easily the pick of the Khulna bowlers with a three wicket haul to his name.

Defending a total of 161, Sunzamul Islam (1-33) and Raza (1-20) gave a head start to Chittagong by removing Michael Klinger (1) and Dhiman Ghosh (4) respectively. Rilee Rossouw (49) played an attacking innings smashing three sixes and five boundaries in the powerplay to take Khulna to 58 for two.

However, his 26-ball blistering knock was ended by Al-Amin (1-14) when he castled Rossouw and there were some concerns in the Khulna camp as Nazmul Hossain Shanto (9) also perished shortly.

Mahmudullah (48 not out) and Ariful Haque (34) played responsible knocks as their 70 run stand put Khulna in course of victory which they completed eventually in 18.2 overs with six wickets in hand.

Rossouw was named the man of the match for his brilliant knock at the top.

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