Khulna seals easy win riding on Miraz’s 87*
Published: 10:30 PM, 28 December 2019
Mehidy Hasan Miraj smashed his career best 62-ball 87 not out as Khulna Tigers secured an eight-wicket win over Sylhet Thunder in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here today. Khulna Tigers recorded their fifth win and remained on the 3rd position of the point table.
Replying to Sylhet Thunder’s total of 157/4, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz added 115 runs in 12.2 overs in the opening pair. Shanto was removed by Ebadat Hossain after scoring 41 of 31 balls with five fours to his name.
Right after Shanto’s dismissal, RR Rossouw also went back to the dressing room for 15. But Miraz was going strong at the other end and took his side home with an unbeaten knock of 87 from 62 balls with nine fours and three sixes. Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 3.
Sherfane Rutherford and Ebadot took one wicket apiece for Sylhet.
Being sent to bat first, Sylhet openers Andre Fletcher and Rubel Mia gave the side a decent start, sharing 62-run for the opening stand with the former particularly sending the bowlers in receiving end.
Robbie Frylinck broke through with the wicket of Fletcher for 37, before the West Indian did more damage.
Frylinck was expensive but he was key in literally ruining Sylhet’s hope of making a gigantic total as he removed another danger man Johnson Charles for 17.
Rubel Mea followed the suit at a moment when he was due to give back the side after spending so much time in the crease. He was the highest score for Sylhet with 39 that came off 44 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
Pacer Shahidul Islam was the bowler to deny Rubel Mea and he later got the better of Mohammad Mithun for a duck.
Sherfane Rutherford and skipper Mosaddek Hossain, however, stalled Khulna bowlers’ progress to help the side propel past 150 runs mark.
Rutherford hit two sixes in his 20 ball-26 not out while Mosaddek remained unbeaten on 23 off 18, sending the ball across the ropes for thrice.
Shahidul and Frylinck claimed two wickets apiece but the letters were expensive as he gave away 58 runs in four overs. Despite getting no wicket, Mohammad Amir was key in restricting Sylhet to a below par total as he conceded just 17 runs in four overs.