Khulna Titans defeated Sylhet Sixers in 8th match of BPL 2017 and won the game by 6 wickets. Batting first, Sixers scored 135 runs in 20 overs. Khulna Titans successfully chased the target in 18 overs and hindered the victorious journey of Sixers who won three consecutive matches in this edition of Bangladesh Premier League.
After winning the toss, Khulna Titans opted to bowl first. Sri Lankan cricketer Upul Tharanga and Caribbean cricket player Andre Fletcher stepped into the field to open the batting inning for Sixers. After scoring 4 runs in 4 balls, West Indian Fletcher lost his wicket in third over. Sabbir Rahman, who batted next, returned to pavilion without scoring a single run.
Another Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka arrived on the field as a next batsman. The partnership between two cricketers from same country helped Sixers in cementing a strong base for the team’s total score. Tharanaga hit 26 runs in 24 balls while Gunathilaka scored 26 runs in 25 balls.
Tharanga lost his wicket in 9th over and skipper Nasir Hossain replaced him as a next batsman. The right handed Bangladeshi cricketer played crucial role in taking the team’s total score beyond triple digit figure. Hitting 5 fours, Hossain scored 47 runs in 35 balls. Ross Whiteley accompanied him after Danushka was dismissed in 12th over.
Whiteley scored 27 runs in 23 balls. He was caught out in hands of Rilee Rossouw in 19th over. Nurul Hasan came to bat next. The Bangladeshi cricketer could not score huge runs. Hasan hit 3 runs in 3 balls. Hossain and Hasan remained not out till the end. Sylhet Sixers ended up scoring 135 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 5 wickets.
Jofra Chioke Archer and Mahmudullah picked up two wickets each while Shafiul Islam managed to take one wicket. Mosharraf Hossain, Carlos Brathwaite and Abu Jayed went wicketless in the game. Khulna Titans did not have a good start to its batting inning as the opener batsmen Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Chadwick Walton lost their wickets in 3rd over of the second inning.
Shanto scored 7 runs in 9 balls while Walton hit 11 runs in 7 balls. Michael Klinger came to bat next with Rilee Russouw. Klinger scored 47 runs in 36 balls and played vital role in his team’s victory. His companion Rilee scored 19 runs in 17 balls. Skipper Mahmudullah arrived in the field after Rilee lost his wicket in 9th over. Mahmudullah scored 27 runs in 23 balls.
Mahmudullah was caught out in hands of Abul Hasan in 14th over. Caribbean cricketer Carlos Brathwaite replaced him as a next batsman and scored 23 runs in 16 balls. The West Indian cricketer smashed 2 sixes in 15th and 17th over. Brathwaite and Klinger remained not out till the end of the match. Klinger hit a four to finish the game and Titans registered victory in this BPL T20 match. Mahmudullah received ‘Player of the Match’ award for his spectacular versatile performance.