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Comilla in pole position despite defeat

Khulna raise hopes for a place in qualifier
Sports Reporter
Comilla in pole position despite defeat
Khulna Titans middle order batsman Ariful Haque plays a ball as Comilla Victorians’ wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks from behind during their BPL-5 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

Khulna Titans secured a 14-run win over Comilla Victorians yesterday, leaving Dhaka Dynamites face must-win game against Rangpur Riders should the defending champions are to avoid the Eliminator game.

Titans now grabs the second spot with 15 points behind Comilla’s 16 but Dhaka’s victory against Rangpur today would push them in the third position. In case of a victory, Dhaka’s point would be 15 points also but they have better run rate at their side and it was so vast that there is no chance that Khulna could edge them.

Regardless of the outcome of the match against Dhaka, Rangpur has no chance to qualify them for the Qualifier as they have only 12 points and it would be maximum 14 in case of a victory. So the calculation is clear: If Dhaka win, they will play the Qualifier game against Comilla and if Dhaka loss they will play the Eliminator game against Rangpur.

According to the rules, the looser of Eliminator will directly be eliminated and the winner will get another chance to play the final as they will take on the looser of Qualifier game. The winner of Qualifier will have direct entry to the final.

Khulna therefore will be eagerly waiting for the result of the match between Dhaka and Rangpur. But they have done the task what was at their hands.

Khulna however posted a decent 174 for six after electing to bat first after which their bowlers bowled well in tandem to hold Comilla back to 160 for seven. It was Comilla’s only third defeat in 11 matches in this season. But despite losing opener Solomon Mire in the third ball of the chase, Comilla made a good start, courtesy of Tamim Iqbal who kept the side ahead, aided by a good support of Imrul Kayes.

The pair shared 63 runs before the dismissal of Kayes who made 20. However Khulna created an opportunity to hit back in the game, dismissing Tamim for 36. Sensing a chance, their bowlers regrouped them well half-way through the innings and stemmed the run flow to leave Comilla cornered.

Shoaib Malik however resisted but Khulna kept them in the game with regular wickets. And as Malik was out on 36 in the 18th over, Khulna’s victory was all but sure.

Abu Jayed Rahi and Benny Howell claimed two wickets apiece for Khulna.

Earlier, their batters showed a spirited performance to put the side in a decent position with opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto leading from the front. Shanto made 21 ball-37, hitting four fours and two sixes. As Shanto set the platform, Ariful Haque and Carlos Brathwaite hit some lusty blow towards the end that actually made the difference. Ariful Haque smashed 35 off 21 with four fours and a six while Brathwaite struck 12 ball-22, studded with three fours and one six.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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