Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) - Khulna Titans registered their second win in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium beating Sylhet Sixers by 21 runs and kept their hope of ending the season on a positive note alive.
While chasing down a target of 171, the Sixers tumbled for 149/7 in 20 overs. Mohammad Nawaz, who played his first match of this BPL, struck 54 off 34 balls with two fours and four sixes for the Sixers. But the failure of the other batsmen prevented Sixers to register their third win.
Sixers lost the first wicket in the first ball of their innings when Liton Das tried to cut a delivery of Subashis Roy but managed a thick inside edge that rattled his stumps. Afif Hossain (29 off 24) and Nicholas Pooran (28 off 21) tried their best but could not prevent the loss. Eventually, they wrapped in for 149/7 and lost the match by 21 runs.
Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, bagged three wickets conceding 32 runs while Subashis Roy, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah and David Wiese took one wicket each.
Earlier, Riding on Brendan Taylor’s 48 and David Wiese’s 38 runs, Khulna Titans posted a challenging total of 170 runs for 9 in stipulated 20 overs.
Sent in to bat first, the Titans started the innings on a high note as their two openers -- Brendan Taylor and Junaid Siddique -- contributed 73 runs in the opening stand.
Taylor struck 48 off 31 with four fours and two sixes while Junaid hit 33 off 23 deliveries with six fours to his credit.
The Titans lost the first wicket when Junaid gave a return catch to Alok Kapali. The veteran bowler did not miss it. After adding three runs, they lost Al-Amin to Mohammad Nawaz,
After that, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, the left-handed batsman, fell for 17 off 13 balls. The Titans suffered serious trouble during the middle as they lost four wickets from 11th to 14.1 over.
Mahmudullah (3) and Ariful Haque (0) disappointed the fans against after Taylor’s 48. In the end, Davie Wiese, who came to bat at number seven, helped the Titans past the 150-run mark scoring 38 off 25 balls with two fours and as many as sixes.
Alok Kapali, the right-arm leg spinner, took four wickets for the Sixers conceding 22 runs in four overs while Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets each for them.
Both of the teams will play their next match against each other on January 26 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.