There is no end to the complaints of the audience that there are no runs in the BPL. That’s why or not, as the winter gets a little colder, today the spectators are at Mirpur Stadium. But sitting in front of the TV set at home and watching the match between Fortune Barisal and Khulna Tigers, they must be regretting. And those who braved the cold and stayed till the end, witnessed a penny-pinching match.
Khulna beat Barisal by 187 runs to win by 8 wickets in a high-scoring match on the third day of BPL. That too with 12 balls in hand. Khulna’s batsmen showed Tamim Iqbal’s Barisal that this is how T20 should be played.
Batting first, Barisal scored 187 runs with the bat of Tamim-Mushfiq-Mahmudullah. In response, Khulna scored the highest 87 runs in BPL history in 6 overs of power play.
Evin Lewis is the mastermind behind such a whirlwind start of the franchise. However, he got out in the last over of the power play. But Mohammad went on a rampage with the bat before being dismissed in the third ball of Imran’s over. Lewis was captured by Mushfiqur standing behind the wicket on the Pakistani pacer’s bouncer for the team’s 77 runs. By that time 57 runs off 22 balls to his name. Lewis had 5 fours and 6 hits in the innings.
The fate of the match is largely written in the foundation that Lewis has built. Another opener, Enamul Haque Bijay, kept Khulna’s run going with Afif Hossain, who fell for three. After Lewis, it was Vijay who basically retained the aggression.
Khulner reached 100 on the second ball of the ninth over. 150 runs before the end of 15 overs. 75 runs came from the pair of Vijay-Afif for the second wicket. Khulna lost the second wicket for the team’s 152 runs. Afif, who scored 41 runs off 36 balls, was broken by Imran.
Khulna lost the wicket but did not lose the way. Rather, FranchiEG played more aggressively. 36 runs were needed from 29 balls to win. With Vijay, Shai finished the home match with 12 balls in hand.
Hope’s innings of 25 runs off 10 balls was studded with 5 fours. On the other hand, Vijay was unbeaten on 63 runs off 44 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes.