Miraz’s unbeaten fifty helps Khulna cruise to win

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Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 24

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Khulna Tigers vs Sylhet Thunder

Sylhet Thunder 157/4 in 20 overs (Rubel Mia 39, Fletcher 37, Rutherford 27*; Shahidul 2/26, Frylinck 2/58)

Khulna Tigers : 158/2 in 17.5 overs (Miraz 87*, Shanto 41, Russouw 15; Rutherford 1/9 Ebadat 1/20)

Result : Khulna Tigers won by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match : Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Bowlers and Mehidy Hasan Miraz showcased a all-round show for Khulna Tigers in the clash against Sylhet Thunder as they defeated them with ease. Khulna chased down the target of 158 set by Sylhet with 6 wickets remaining thanks to Miraz’s unbeaten fifty. Currently Khulna are the third spot on the points table with 10 points while Sylhet remained at the sixth spot with 2 points from 7 matches.

Batting first Sylhet had a slow start despite opener Andre Fletcher’s quickfire 37 as his partner Rubel Mia struggled at the start of the innings. Later Rubel played some attacking shots before dismissed for 39. Then Sherfane Rutherford and skipper Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with two unbeaten knocks of 27 and 23 respectively to help the Thunder posting 157 for 4. Shahidul Islam and Robbie Frylinck shared one wicket each.

Khulna had the best opening stand in this season BPL so far in the chase as Miraz and Nazmul Islam Hossain Shanto added 115 runs. Ebadat Hossain finally broke partnership by dismissing Shanto on 41. Miraz on the other end stayed solid and remained unbeaten on 87 off 62 balls and ensured easy win for his side. Mushfiqur Rahim joined him and was not on 3 after Rillie Russouw got out on 15. Rutherford claimed the wicket this time.