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Khulna won by 48 runs against Barishal

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 Published: 04:17 PM, 4 December 2020  

Khulna won by 48 runs against Barishal

Khulna won by 48 runs against Barishal

Gemcon Khulna picked up their third victory against Fortune Barishal to become the second team in the point table. Mahmudullah led team beat Tamim Iqbal's Fortune Barishal by 48 runs at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today. 

After winning the toss Fortune Barishal elected to field first. Khulna post 173/6 in 20 overs. Chasing the target Tamim Iqbal and Parvez Hossain made a promising start. The duo added 57 runs in the opening stand. Captain Tamim Iqbal looked in touch, hitting four fours and a six during his 21-ball 32. 

Shuvagata Hom did the damage in the eighth over, as both openers fell within the space of five deliveries. Emon (19 off 26) inside-edged one onto his stumps while trying to work it to the onside and Tamim looked to clear the ropes but found the man at long-off in the last delivery over. Afif Hossain then fell after a costly run-out and Barishal never really found momentum after that.

Shakib Al Hasan, brought into the attack, picked up Irfan Shukkur and despite Towhid Hridoy's 27-ball 33, Barishal did not have any notable contribution down the order while losing wickets at regular intervals.

Shuvagata Hom, Hasan Mahmud and Shahidul Islam picked up two wickets each as Barishal were bowled out for 125.

After five matches, Barishal are languishing in fourth with just one win while Khulna's win sees them climb to second in the standings.

Earlier, A dominating knock from youngster Zakir Hasan set the tone for Gemcon Khulna as they posted 173 for six against Fortune Barishal.

Zakir played some telling shots -- the most fascinating of those being the switch hits against the spinners while there were some authoritative punches and cut shots against the pacers – during his 42-ball 62, as Barishal failed to contain him after Taskin Ahmed had picked up Jahurul Islam early.

Together with Imrul Kayes, Zakir put on a 90-run partnership as the score went past 100. The total could have been bigger but Imrul and Zakir fell in back-to-back overs with the latter scoring 37 off 34. Zakir himself fell for a soft dismissal after his 62, laced with 10 fours, while trying to play a Taskin delivery in the air but chipping it to man at cover for a simple catch. Shakib Al Hasan, who came in at number four after opening the innings twice in the last two matches, fell after a 10-ball 14 while trying to clear the long off boundary off spinner Tanvir Islam.

Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad provided the fireworks at the death with his 14-ball 24 before falling to Kamrul Islam, who was the pick of the bowlers with three for 33 in his four overs. Taskin bagged two wickets but was the most expensive among the Barishal bowlers with 43 runs conceded in four overs.