Khulna hold nerve to clinch a nail-biting thriller against Barishal

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Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020

Match 2

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Gemcon Khulna vs Fortune Barishal

Toss : Gemcon Khulna won the toss and opted to field first.

Fortune Barishal : 152/9 in 20 overs (Parvez Emon 51, Towhid 27, Ankon 21; Shahidul 4/17, Shafiul 2/27, Hasan 2/45) 

Gemcon Khulna : 155/6 in 19.5 overs (Ariful 48*, Jahurul 31, Shamim 26; Sumon 2/21, Taskin 2/33, Rabbi 1/32)

Result : Gemcon Khulna won by 4 wickets.

Player of the Match : Ariful Haque.

The first day of Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020 witnessed another thriller as Gemcon Khulna defeated Fortune Barishal by 4 wickets in the second match of the day. Player of the match Ariful Haque smashed 24 runs in the last over of the match to seal victory for his side.

After opting to bowl first winning the toss, Khulna pacers kept the Barishal batsmen in pressure majority of the innings. Except U-19 sensation Parvez Hossain Emon who scored a fifty to help his side posting a fighting total of 152 for 9 in 20 overs. Shahidul Islam was the standout bowler with 4 wickets for 17.

Khulna started slowly in the chase and were in trouble after losing 4 wickets for 36 during the power-play. Till the last over it looked like Barishal will open their accounts in the points table with a easy win. Then came the Ariful storm who took on Mehidy Hasan to score 24 off 5 balls in the final over including 4 sixes to snatch the match from Barishal. Ariful was remained unbeaten on 48. Sumon Khan and Taskin shared 2 wickets each.