Comilla Victorians 112 for 1 (Tamim 64*, Kayes 22*) beat Khulna Titans 111 ( Ariful 24, Malik 3-14, Al-Amin 3-20) by nine wickets.
Comilla Victorians bounced back from their 30-run loss against Rajshahi Kings by crushing table-toppers Khulna Titans by nine wickets. Shoaib Malik Ex-Pak Captain, who took the new ball on a slow, grippy pitch, claimed three wickets and dismissed Khulna for 111 with the help of Al-Amin before Comilla’s captain Tamim Iqbal led the chase with a breezy 64. His second successive fifty in the league.
Mahedi Hasan set the tone for Comilla when he got Rilee Rossouw skew an offbreak to Dwayne Bravo at backward point for a golden duck. Shoaib Malik then bowled Nazmul Hasan Shanto with an arm ball to reduce Khulna to 8 for 2. Malik then pressed onto dismiss Afif Hossain and Nicholas Pooran in his next two overs.
When Mohammad Saifuddin had Mahmudullah holing out to deep mid-wicket in the seventh over, Khulna were 40 for 5.
Things went from bad to worse for Khulna as Al-Amin sliced through the middle order. He first had Carlos Brathwaite holing out to wide long-on for 13 runs and also accounted for Jofra Archer and Ariful Haque, who top-scored with a run-a-ball 24.
That Khulna crept past 100 was down to a 23-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Shafiul Islam and Kyle Abbott – the highest stand of the innings – before both fell to pace. Abbott dragged a catch to mid-wicket while Hasan flattened Shafiul’s off stump to wrap up the innings.
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