Performer of the Match: Shafiul is clinical as always


Shafiul Islam has recently made the national team after a while and has been selected for the upcoming New Zealand tour of the Tigers. Such rewards may have been making an impressive reflection on his performance in the ongoing 4th edition of BPL T20. In his side’s previous thrilling encounter, Shafiul tore through the Vikings middle order to claim 4 for 28 which eventually ended in a 4-runs nail-biting win for his side, albeit his skipper Mahmudullah with his magnificent final over performance outclassed Shafiul for the man of the match award. However, in Khulna’s consecutive second win Shafiul has made it with vital two wickets of the Victorians.

Shafiul was brought into attack in the 8th over of the Comilla’s chase when their fighting chances were alive with a formidable pair of Marlon Samuels and Nazmul Hossain Shanto. Shafiul, in the 4th delivery of his first over, fired a length ball on off stump which skidded through to beat Shanto’s defense and had his stumps disturbed. Shafiul struck again in his 3rd over, this time he defeated mighty Samuels with a bouncer which eventually went past the bat pad gap to reach the stumps.

This two important wickets afterwards proved vital as the defending champions strangled continuously later on to end up for 131, 13 runs short of the Titans total.