Mushfiqur cameo not enough as Dhaka move up to the table

Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019

Match 31

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet

Khulna Tigers vs Dhaka Platoon

Dhaka Platoon : 172/4 in 20 overs (Asif Ali 39*, Mominul 37, Ariful 38*; Amir 2/27, Biplob 1/15, Shafiul 1/44)

Khulna Tigers : 160/8 in 20 overs (Mushfiqur 64, Zadran 31, Russouw 18; Hasan Mahmud 4/32, Shadab 1/25, Mashrafe 1/26)

Result : Dhaka Platoon won by 12 runs.

Player of the Match : Hasan Mahmud.

Dhaka Platoon maintained their winning streak as Hasan Mahmud’s 4-wicket haul helped them beating Khulna Tigers by 12 runs. Defending 172, Dhaka restricted Khulna for 160 for 8 to pick up their 6th win of the tournament. This win also put Dhaka jointly to the top of the points table with 12 points from 9 matches.

Khulna won the toss and opted to bowl first. After a slow start in the first 10 overs, it was big Asif Ali’s quickfire unbeaten 39 runs knock in just 13 balls boosted the Platoon innings at the end. Asif got the support from the other end as Ariful Haque contributed unbeaten 37 to add 54 runs in the 5th wicket to help his side score past the 170-run mark. Mohammad Amir picked up 2 wickets 27.

Khulna’s start in the chase was not the ideal one as they suffered batting top order batting collapse by losing 4 wickets for 44 runs inside 8 overs. Najubullah Zadran then joined skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and added 56 runs before got run out on 31. Mushfiqur scored his third fifty in the competition but his 33-ball 64-run knock went in vain as he got little support from the other end.

Khulna eventually fell 12 runs short as player of the match Hasan Mahmud’s brilliant spell made it difficult for them in the later overs. Hasan bagged 4 wickets for 32.