Khulna Titans : 167/6 in 20 overs (Ariful 29, Pooran 28, Brathwaite 25*; Malinga 2/49, Bopara 1/15, Nazmul 19)
Rangpur Riders : 171/2 in 15.2 overs (Gayle 126*, Mithun 31*; Archer 2/30)
Result : Rangpur Riders won by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match : Chris Gayle (Rangpur Riders)
A blistering century from Chris Gayle powered Rangpur Riders to a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Khulna Titans in the Eliminator match of AKS BPL 2017 Powered by Shah Cement. Rangpur will face Dhaka Dynamites or Comilla Victorians in the Qualifier 2.
Winning the toss, Mahmudullah decided to bowl first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS). Klinger, Mahmudullah and Ariful gave Khulna Titans a good start. But it was Carlos Brathwaite’s unbeaten knock of 25 and Nicholas Pooran’s 28 gave Khulna a fighting total of 167 for 6 after 20 overs. Lasith Malinga picked up 2 wickets for 49.
Chasing 168, Rangpur Riders were in trouble after losing 2 wickets for 25. Then it was all about Chris Gayle show who scored an unbeaten 126 off just 51 balls and guided Rangpur to a compressive victory with 8 wickets and 26 balls remaining. Mohammad Mithun was not out on 30. Jofra Archer bagged 2 wickets for 30.