All-round Mahmudullah leads Khulna home

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Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020

Match 14

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Gemcon Khulna vs Minister Group Rajshahi 

Toss : Gemcon Khulna won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Minister Group Rajshahi : 145/5 in 20 overs (Shanto 55, Nurul 37*, Jaker Ali 15*; Shuvagata 2/25, Mahmudullah 1/4, Al-Amin 1/35)

Gemcon Khulna : 146/5 in 19.2 overs (Jahurul 43, Mahmudullah 31*, Imrul 27; Mukidul 2/31, A. Sunny 1/23, Farhad Reza 1/27)

Result : Gemcon Khulna won by 5 wickets.

Player of the Match : Mahmudullah.

A spirited Gemcon Khulna led by skipper Mahmudullah clinched back to back win to boost their hopes for the playoff spot by beating Minister Group Rajshahi by 5 wickets. Chasing 145, Khulna won the match with 5 wickets remaining.

Following Zakir Hasan and Jahurul Islam’s opening stand of 56, Khulna faced batting collapse in the middle order and once reduced to 109 for 5. Then Mahmudullah came to the rescue for his team and played an unbeaten knock of 31 off 19 balls to seal the match with 4 balls in hand. Ariful was the other batsman not out on 10. Mukidul Islam grabbed 2 wickets for 31 for Rajshahi.

Earlier of the evening Rajshahi top order also struggled for runs except Najmul Hossain Shanto who scored the highest knock of 55 off 38 balls. At one stage they lost 5 wickets for 93 before the unbeaten 52 runs partnership between Nurul Hasan and Jaker Ali saved the day for Rajshahi. Nurul was not out on 37 whil Jaker was on 15 as they managed to post 145 for 5. Shuvagata again shone with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets for 23 for Khulna.

Rajshahi will meet Fortune Barishal in their next match on December 8 while Khulna will take on Gazi Group Chattogram later of the day.

* Following a lottery among couple of teams, Khulna got ex national team skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as their 17th member of the squad. He will be available to play from the next match.