Nicholas Pooran    Getty Images
Nicholas Pooran Getty Images

In match 30 of ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2017, Khulna Titans went past Rajshahi Kings convincingly. Batting first, Titans posted 213 for 5 courtesy Nazmul Hossain Shanto’s 49 and fifties from Afif Hossain and Nicholas Pooran. In reply, Kings were never in the chase and were all-out for 145 in 19 overs. By virtue of this victory, Titans have moved to the second spot; behind Dhaka Dynamites.

Opting to bowl, Kings’ bowlers were hammered to all corners of the park. Apart from Mohammad Sami, no other bowler was economical. James Franklin took 3 wickets but leaked runs at 12.50 per over. The damage was done by opener Nazmul Hossain. He added 45 runs, in 27 balls, with Afif to take the side off to a flier. However, the late impetus was provided by West Indian batsman Pooran. He remained unbeaten on 57 off 26 balls; including 6 fours and 3 sixes (strike rate 219.23).

In pursuit of 214, Kings were reduced to 80 for 6. Some vital contributions from Mehedi Hasan and Rony Talukdar propelled their score over 140. Skipper Darren Sammy, Franklin, Mushfiqur Rahim and Luke Wright failed to inspire. On the other hand, Shafiul Islam’s 5 for 26 dented Kings’ hopes further.

Brief scores

Khulna Titans 213 for 5 in 20 overs (Nazmul Hossain Shanto 49, Afif Hossain 54*, Nicholas Pooran 57; James Franklin 3 for 50) beat Rajshahi Kings 145 all-out in 19 overs (Rony Talukdar 36, Mehedi Hasan 29; Shafiul Islam 5 for 26) by 68 runs.