Chattogram — Khulna Tigers tumbled for 145 for 9 in stipulated 20 overs against Rajshahi Royals in their fifth match of the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Monday.
Royals captain Andre Russell won the toss and sent Khulna to bat first. Going to bat first Tigers lost both of their openers within just six runs with Afghanistan batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring four and Mehidy Hasan Miraz suffered a duck. Both of them fell prey to Andre Russell.
After their dismissal, right-arm pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi removed Mushfiqur Rahim and Najmul Hossain Shanto in two successive deliveries.
Mushfqiur has been doing great in the event, but this time around, he failed to cope up. His quick dismissal was a big blow for the Khulna Tigers.
Khulna were stuttering for 29 for four, but Rilee Rossouw and Shamsur Rahman added 31 runs in the 5th wicket stand. However, they failed to produce a good run.
Rossouw fell as the 5th batsman scoring 35 runs off 26 balls while Shamsur hit a fifty. The right-handed batsman ended on 55 off 46 ball with four fours and one six.
South African all-rounder Robbie Frylinck was the only other batsman to have scored two-digit score- 31 off 26 balls with two fours and one six.
Royals captain Russell bagged four wickets conceding 37 runs in four overs while Kamrul Islam scalped two wickets.
Before this game, Khulna played four matches and won three of them while Royals played three games and won two of them.UNB