Ariful clinches thrilling win for Khulna

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Rajshahi Kings : 166/8 in 20 overs (D. Smith 62, Mushfiqur 55, Franklin 29*; Junaid 4/27, Abu Jayed 2/29, Afif 1/23)

Khulna Titans : 168/8 in 19.2 overs (Mahmudullah 56, Ariful 43*, Rossouw 20; Sami 3/29, Franklin 2/30, Mehidy 1/26)

Result : Khulna Titans won by 2 wickets.

Man of the Match : Ariful Haque (Khulna Titans)

Khulna Titans sealed a thrilling 2-wicket victory over Rajshahi Kings in the 21st match of AKS BPL 2017 Powered by Shah Cement.

Mahmudullah won the toss and decided to field first at Sher-e-National Stadium (SBNCS). Rajshahi did not have the ideal start as they lost 3 wickets for 21. Then Dwayne Smith and Mushfiqur Rahim added 66 runs in the 4th wicket partnership and rebuild the Rajshahi innings. After 20 overs, Rajshahi managed to post 166 for 8 thanks to two half-centurion Smith and Mushfiqur. Smith scored the highest knock of 62 while Mushfiqur scored 55. Junaid Khan grabbed 4 wickets for 27.

In response, Khulna lost two early wickets for 13 in 2.1 overs. But Mahmudullah played a captain’s knock of 56 and  put some fightback.

Khulna were in trouble after losing couple of wickets in the middle overs. But Ariful Haque’s unbeaten knock of 43 off 19 balls gave Khulna a thrilling win with 4 balls remaining. Mohammad Sami bagged 3 wickets for 29.