Russouw-Gurbaz shine as Khulna claim easy win

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Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 4

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Chattogram Challengers vs Khulna Tigers

Chattogram Challengers : 144/6 in 20 overs (Muktar Ali 29*, Simmons 26, Nasir 24; Frylinck 1/21, Biplob 1/25, Shafiul 1/30)

Khulna Tigers 146/2 in 13.5 overs (Russow 64*, Gurbaz 50, Mushfiqur 24*; Nasum 1/18)

Result : Khulna Tigers won by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : Rilliee Russouw.

A all-round display from the batsmen and bowlers helped Khulna Tigers to start their journey to the Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019 with a solid win against Chattogram Challengers in the second match of the day. It was Khulna’s first victory while Chattogram suffered their first defeat after winning their first match in the tournament opener.

Winning the toss, Khulna opted to field first. Chattogram top order batsmen got the start but then failed to convert into big innings as they were struggling before highest scorer Muktar Ali played an cameo knock at the later part of the innings. Muktar was remained unbeaten on 29 off just 14 balls including 4 sixes as Chattogram managed to post 144 for 6.

Khulna lost opener Nazmul Hossain early in the chase but two half-centurion Rilliee Russouw and Rahmanullah Gurbaz made it easy for Mushfiqur Rahim’s side. Gurbaz was dismissed after scoring 50 off just 19 balls. Rossouw and Mushfiur then added unbeaten 72 runs in the third wicket as Khulna won the match comfortably with 37 balls in hand. Russouw was remained unbeaten on 654 and Mushfiqur was on 24. Nasum Ahmed and Muktar Ali shared one wicket each.