The man who made the final with an ordinary Barisal side last season, have been carrying on with his brilliance in BPL. This time, magnificent Mahmudullah is doing it with a bit different role, a finisher with the ball. Regardless of a disgraceful total of 44 in their last fixture, debutante Khulna Titans have bounced back with another cliffhanger of a contest. And once again, the protagonist is none other than Mahmudullah Riyad, the ‘Captain Cool’.
With bat, Mahmudullah could not reach a double-digit figure today as he was taken stunningly at mid-wicket by his opposite number Tamim Iqbal. Afterwards, defending a low score, the captain brought the best out of his bowling unit. Cooper and Shafiul reduced the Chittagong Vikings to 78 for 5. However, a brilliant partnership of 45 runs between Mohammad Nabi and Chaturanga De Silva saw the Vikings almost making it. They needed 6 runs from the final over with 4 wickets remaining.
Here came the man, Mahmudullah Riyad. A thriller all around, the question was whether Mahmudullah would be able to make it again. He conceded a single from the first delivery and then got rid of De Silva by alluring him to give a catch behind. A dot then and Razzak was taken at long off. 5 needed from 2, Mahmudullah flattered it on off stump again, Nabi missed. 5 from 1 and Nabi lofted a catch at mid-wicket. Mahmudullah and Co won by 4 runs!