Performer of the Match: Mahmudullah steers the ship home yet again

The man who made the final with an ordinary Barisal side last season, have been carrying on with his brilliance in BPL. This time, magnificent Mahmudullah is doing it with a bit different role, a finisher with the ball. Regardless of a disgraceful total of 44 in their last fixture, debutante Khulna Titans have bounced back with another cliffhanger of a contest. And once again, the protagonist is none other than Mahmudullah Riyad, the ‘Captain Cool’.

With bat, Mahmudullah could not reach a double-digit figure today as he was taken stunningly at mid-wicket by his opposite number Tamim Iqbal. Afterwards, defending a low score, the captain brought the best out of his bowling unit. Cooper and Shafiul reduced the Chittagong Vikings to 78 for 5. However, a brilliant partnership of 45 runs between Mohammad Nabi and Chaturanga De Silva saw the Vikings almost making it. They needed 6 runs from the final over with 4 wickets remaining.

Here came the man, Mahmudullah Riyad. A thriller all around, the question was whether Mahmudullah would be able to make it again. He conceded a single from the first delivery and then got rid of De Silva by alluring him to give a catch behind. A dot then and Razzak was taken at long off. 5 needed from 2, Mahmudullah flattered it on off stump again, Nabi missed. 5 from 1 and Nabi lofted a catch at mid-wicket. Mahmudullah and Co won by 4 runs!