Mohammad Nabi bagged 3 wickets in the match    Getty Images
Mohammad Nabi bagged 3 wickets in the match Getty Images

It is Match 8 of this edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as Mohammad Nabi’s successful spell helps Chittagong Vikings restrict Khulna Titans for 127 for 7. The match is being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. Winning the toss, the Vikings’ skipper Tamim Iqbal sent the Titans to bat. The team started off aggressively but went on losing wickets frequently, resulting in a very low total against the Vikings, who have a strong batting line-up. Mohammad Nabi has been the most successful with the ball in hand and has proved to be the star bowler of the side. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Khulna Titans vs Chittagong Vikings, BPL 2016, Match 8 at Mirpur

Riki Wessels and Hasanuzzaman opened batting for the Titans while Abdur Razzak opened bowling for the Vikings. Wessels went all guns blazing from the very first ball, hitting consecutive boundary to start off. He continued playing like that and his team was off to 34 without any loss in three overs. It was Mohammad Nabi’s first over and the fourth of the innings that changed the equations for both the teams. Hasanuzzaman mistimes the ball and ends up getting out as Jahurul Islam catches it at mid-wicket.

The over gave him another success as new man in, Shuvagat Hom, made a similar mistake to attempt for a big shot going down the track and gets caught at mid-off. Set Wessels also departed soon after, as he attempts to cut but fails to find room. The ball takes the edge and hits the leg-stump as Wessels departed for 28. Titans kept on seeking a partnership which never formed as the batsmen kept on misjudging the deliveries and went for big shots which did not work out.

A crucial partnership came from tail-enders Nicholas Pooran and Ariful Haque for the sixth wicket adding 48 runs to the scorecard. It was also the highest partnership of the innings. Ariful hit two sixes and a four to score 25 off 16 deliveries.

Mohammad Nabi was the most successful among the bowlers with 3 wickets. The bowling-all-rounder is gradually making his mark in international cricket with his consistent performance and has become one of the most crucial members for the Vikings with his performance in his first season in the tournament. The other bowler who contributed majorly for the Vikings was Taskin Ahmed who bagged 2 wickets.

Brief scores:

Khulna Titans 127 for 7 (Riki Wessels 28, Nicholas Pooran 29, Ariful Haque 25*; Mohammad Nabi 3 for 22, Taskin Ahmed 2 for 17) vs Chittagong Vikings.

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