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POST TIME: 24 January, 2019 12:32:34 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 January, 2019 01:16:07 AM
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Titans send Sixers to bottom of table
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Titans send Sixers to bottom of table

Khulna Titans opener Brandan Taylor sweeps the ball for a boundary as Sylhet Sixers wicketkeeper Lition Das looks during their BPL-6 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Khulna Titans registered their second victory in nine games in the sixth edition of the BPL as they thrashed Sylhet Sixers by 21 runs yesterday, showing an unwavering resolve at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital.

Titans posted 170 for nine after being sent to bat first, a score that their bowlers complemented well by timely breakthrough that finally enabled them to restrict Sixers to 149 for seven. By virtue of this win, Khulna also earned four points, as many as by Sylhet. However, Sylhet were placed at the bottom on the basis of net run rate.

Brendan Taylor gave impetus in Khulna Titans innings, hitting a 31-ball 48 with four fours and two sixes. He laid the solid platform for the side, sharing a 73-run opening partnership with Junaid Siddique, who made 33 off 23 clobbering six fours.

After Alok Kapali broke through with the wicket of Junaid, Khulna lost the momentum as the middle order failed to capitalise on the start provided by the openers. Kapali ended with four for 22 and was well supported by 2 wickets apiece by Taskin Ahmed and Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz.

Kapali was in fact the wrecker-in-chief. He not only ripped through Khulna halfway through the innings, but slowed down their scoring rate to help Sylhet claw back into the game.

His key wicket was Taylor who looked set to take Khulna past 200. But Kapali outfoxed him with a traditional leg-break, forcing him to offer a catch at long-on.

Amid the wickets tumbling, David Wiese resisted and played an important role to help Khulna set a respectable target that looked unlikely at one phase. Wiese hammered two fours and two sixes in his 25-ball 38, a knock that was vital in reviving Titans’ hope of breaking the losing streak.

In a bid to defend the total, Shuvashis Roy helped Titans get off well by removing Liton Das in the first ball of the innings. Thereafter, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took the onus and he dismantled the Sixers middle order with three hauls to leave the side tittering at 56 for four. However, Mohammad Nawaz and Nicholas Pooran gave Sixers a hope to hit back as they shared 81 runs for the fifth wicket stand and made their side a firm favourite to win the game.

Khulna fielders also helped the duo to settle into the crease well by dropping Nawaz twice on 23 and 49.

The much-needed breakthrough came through David Wiese who dismissed Pooran for 28 and then Juanid Khan took the vital scalp of Nawaz who made a 34-ball 54 with two fours and four sixes. These two wickets, in the space of nine runs and six balls, at the death overs helped Titans seal the deal finally with utmost ease.