Khulna Titans trounced Sylhet Sixers by six wickets in their Bangladesh Premier League match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet city on Wednesday.
Khulna skipper Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and sent Sylhet to bat first. Khulna’s decision proved worthwhile as they quickly took two wickets in the first three overs.
Andre Fletcher (4) became victim of pacer Shafiul Islam and Sabbir Rahman (o) was sent back to pavilion by seamer Jofra Archer. Mahmudullah took both the catches to boost up the innings in the powerplay.
The danger-man of Sylhet, Upul Tharanga, looked solid as usual, but Mahmudullah stopped his run fest in the BPL tournament when he was caught on 26 runs by Ariful Haque at the edge of the ring.
Danushka Gunathilaka contributed 26 before he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off a Mahmudullah delivery.
Sylhet captain Nasir Hossain came to rescue with Ross Whiteley (27) in the fifth-wicket stand. They posted a 57-run partnership to guide Sylhet to a respectable total.
Nasir was unbeaten on 47 runs from 35 balls as Sylhet ended on 135 for five in the stipulated 20 overs.
Khulna, who lost their first match against Dhaka Dynamites on November 5, began the chase of 136 runs, aiming for their first win in the BPL-5.
Sylhet, collecting full points from their previous three encounters, showed they are not giving up easily and removed Khulna openers Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7) and Chadwick Walton (11) in the third over. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam made the breakthroughs for Sylhet.
Economical bowler Taijul brought third success for Sylhet in his last over of the four-over quota. He bagged the wicket of South African Rilee Rossouw (19) to finish with a figure of 3/19.
But Australian batsman Michael Klinger, who replaced Akila Dananjaya in the Khulna middle order, paired up with Mahmudullah (27) to put on a 50-run stand in the fifth wicket.
Carlos Brathwaite and Klinger remained unbeaten on 23 and 47 runs respectively to guide Khulna to the victory with 12 balls in hand.